The AMAZING weather this past weekend had everyone out in their summer apparel – shorts, tees and the quintessential summer footwear – flip flops!
Despite their cute styles, colours and easy-breezy appeal, flip flop wear for extended periods of time can cause a range of physical ailments from plantar fasciitis and muscle soreness to lower back and knee pain.
The popularity of these no-fuss flats had me thinking of the importance of proper footwear and specifically, orthotic inserts.
Now, I know they sound like something your grandparents wear in their loafers but custom orthotic inserts are becoming a popular first line therapy for many injuries and conditions.
If you think of your feet as the foundation for your whole body, similar to the foundation of a house, our feet support the weight of everything above them. If the foundation is cracked or unstable in any way this could affect the structure all the way up!
The primary goal of an orthotic is to help reduce unnecessary stresses and strains in your feet, lower limbs and lower back by re-aligning your lower extremity.
Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes – they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. By improving this alignment, the body is able to function more efficiently with less stress on the muscles and ligaments that hold the rest of you together.
A foot orthotic may be effective in helping to actually treat a number of lower limb dysfunctions. In fact, research shows that orthotics can treat and actually prevent mechanically induced foot problems leading to common injuries like knee pain, shin splints, and pain along the bottom of the foot.
Many people experience this pain but don’t really know what to do about it!
Custom foot orthotics can also help with pain and complications related to health conditions such as diabetes or arthritis.
Plus, orthotics can help with these very common complaints:
- Plantar fasciitis (pain in the sole of the foot)
- Knee Pain
- Bunions and Neuromas
- Achilles tendonopathy
- Shin splints
- Iliotibial pain syndrome
- Low back pain
- Hip Pain
- Sacroilliac (SI) Joint pain
Although orthotics are a great option for many people and help improve biomechanics of various injuries and complaints, they may not be ideal for everyone!
Talk to your chiropractor or other health care provider to discuss if they are a right fit for you!
Women experience foot problems 4 times more often than men