Foot pain is no laughing matter! And for adults and especially for those with arthritis it is very common. Although “barking dogs” are a common problem, there is no need to suffer. If you find yourself repeatedly saying my feet hurt – orthotics for your foot pain may help.
Orthotics, also known as insoles, are molded pieces of rubber, leather, metal, plastic, or other synthetic material that are inserted into your shoe. They are designed to provide relief from pain and discomfort by reallocating weight and reducing the pressure and stress on your feet. In other words, they work by balancing your foot in a neutral position and cushioning it from too much pounding.
A wide range of orthotics are available for different foot problems. Orthotics has been shown to provide pain relief for people with arthritis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendinitis, foot, ankle and heel pain. While scientists continue to research types of orthotics, the amount of time they need to be worn each day, and the duration of treatment, most people who wear orthotics long-term report having a decrease in foot pain and improved function.
If your feet hurt, you may want to talk to your doctor, physical therapist, or podiatrist about your pain. She or he will examine your feet (as well as your lower extremities and back) and review your gait to determine which orthotics are best for you. Custom orthotics are available, as well as nonprescription (off-the-shelf) orthotics.
Custom orthotics are specially-made devices designed to support and comfort your feet. They match the contours of your feet and are designed specifically for the way you move. Prescription orthotics are divided into two categories: Functional orthotics and accommodative orthotics. Functional orthotics are designed to control irregular motion. Accommodative orthotics provide cushioning and support.
Before investing in an expensive pair of custom-made orthotics, ask your doctor or therapist if they can recommend a good-quality nonprescription orthotic. Purchasing an insert that provides cushioning from a drugstore or online, is a good place to start to determine what works for you. Without spending too much money, you can test the usefulness of several different orthotics to see if they help or whether a more durable custom-made device is needed.Like what you’ve read? Click here to subscribe to the blog!