What are Custom Orthotics & Why Should You Get Them?
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are an insert for your shoes that help support your feet. They are produced specifically for the size and shape of your own feet. Custom Orthotics are designed to correct your collapsed arches and align your feet. Your feet are the foundation that holds up your body. Proper alignment of your feet helps to align everything else including your knees, back, and neck.
How do custom orthotics work?
They exert their effect through proprioceptive stimulation. This means that they provide stimulation to your body’s awareness of its position and movement. They also change the muscle-tuning pattern or kinetics of your body. This results in the recruitment of different muscles and a movement pattern for your body along a preferred path. Your feet are the base of support for your whole body. When your feet are not properly supported, it affects the postural framework for the rest of the body. Collapsed arches put pressure on your knees, hips, lower back, and upper back. As a result, you will have pain in these areas at some point in your life.
What does the research say about orthotics?
A study done by Castro-Mendez, Munueraand Albornoz-Cebello found that subjects, especially females, who overpronate (their feet tend to roll to the inside as they walk or run) are likely to experience a significant improvement to chronic, mechanical low back pain when an orthotic is introduced.
Thompson et al. (1992) surveyed 64 people with foot osteoarthritis and found orthotics “made by prescription” (meaning custom orthotics) provided a significantly longer period of pain relief than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) alone.
Other studies showed that foot orthotics provide significant relief, with over 85% success rate in patients with knee pain!
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Castro-Méndez, A., Munuera, P. V., & Albornoz-Cabello, M. (2013). The short-term effect of custom-made foot orthoses in subjects with excessive
foot pronation and lower back pain: a randomized, double-blinded, clinical trial. Prosthetics and orthotics international, 37(5), 384-390.