Your feet lay the foundation for the rest of your body. If you have high arches, low arches, plantar fasciitis, neuromas, or other foot problems, the rest of your body could suffer for it. In fact, it’s common for mysterious knee pain, hip pain, leg pain, or lower back pain to originate in the feet.
Orthotics are an option for providing the relief you need. But should you have custom orthotics made, or are off-the-shelf insoles just as good? Here are six reasons why custom orthotics from Spine Correction Center are the better option.
Enhanced Foot Support
Your feet each have 26 bones and over 100 muscles. They are among the most complex parts of your body, and they deserve your attention. After all, your feet bear the weight of your entire body.
That’s why the superior support you get from custom orthotics is so important. The full-contact, Sole Support orthotics we craft here at Spine Correction Center support all three anatomical arches of the feet to give you a solid foundation.
In addition to being supportive, custom orthotics are much more comfortable than over-the-counter insoles. This is largely because custom orthotics are crafted to accommodate your unique foot structure. You’ll want to wear them all the time because they allow you to stand and walk comfortably, so you can get more done throughout the day.
Shoe inserts sold at retail stores add additional cushioning and support to ordinary shoes, but they’re not made to address your specific foot issues. On the other hand, clinical studies show that prescription orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function.
For example, in one study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, researchers tested whether custom orthotics improved pain from patellofemoral, a common knee disorder. All 21 study participants experienced a significant decrease in pain, at both their two-week and four-week checkups. For these patients, orthotics proved to be an effective, conservative treatment that made knee surgery unnecessary.
Pronation is when collapsed arches allow the ankle to fall toward the midline of the body. This causes increased stress on the knees, hips, and lower back – not to mention the feet! Pronation also makes you more susceptible to a knee injury while playing sports. Wearing custom orthotics provides the arch support you need to relieve the other joints in your body.
Having very high arches can cause supination, which is when the ankles lean outward away from the midline of the body. Similar to pronation, this puts additional strain on your knees, hips, and lower back.
One foot may have a higher arch than the other, throwing your body off balance and making the problem even worse. Custom orthotics help to support your feet, so they maintain a more anatomically correct position. The same benefit isn’t possible with retail insoles because they can’t address specific problems with each foot.
Enhanced Athletic Performance
When your body is well-aligned, you’re able to perform better while playing sports. Not only do custom orthotics lower your risk of injury, but research also shows that they help you jump higher and enjoy a better sense of balance and body position.
Find Affordable Orthotics at Spine Correction Center
Whether you know you have a foot problem or you think your feet might be to blame for mysterious discomfort in other parts of your body, it’s time to address your aches and pains at the source! Visit Spine Correction Center in Fort Collins for a free consultation and find out if custom, full-contact orthotics are right for you. Contact us online or call our office at (970) 658-5115 today to learn more.