Foot orthotics are specially designed and custom devices that are placed inside shoes to provide support, cushioning, stability, and alignment for the feet. Custom foot orthotics are therapeutic devices and they are much superior than off the shelf insoles. They last up to 4-5 years with everyday usage, which are highly recommended.

Here are several reasons why you might consider using foot orthotics:

  1. Foot Pain Relief: Orthotics can help alleviate foot pain caused by conditions such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, high arches, arthritis, and other foot problems. They provide cushioning and support to reduce pressure on sensitive areas of the foot.
  2. Improved Foot Function: Orthotics can improve foot function by correcting biomechanical issues such as overpronation (rolling inward of the foot) or supination (rolling outward of the foot). By providing proper alignment, orthotics can help prevent injuries and improve overall foot mechanics.
  3. Reduced Strain on Joints: Properly fitted orthotics can help distribute weight more evenly across the foot, reducing strain on joints such as the ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with conditions like arthritis or joint pain.
  4. Enhanced Sports Performance: Athletes often use orthotics to improve their performance and reduce the risk of injuries. Orthotics can provide additional support and stability during athletic activities, helping athletes maintain proper form and reduce fatigue.
  5. Corrective Support: Orthotics can correct structural issues in the feet, such as flat feet or high arches, by providing customized support and alignment. This can improve gait (walking pattern) and reduce the risk of developing foot deformities or complications.
  6. Comfort and Support: For individuals who spend long hours on their feet or have jobs that require standing or walking for extended periods, orthotics can provide added comfort and support, reducing fatigue and discomfort.
  7. Preventative Care: Even if you don’t currently have foot pain or issues, using orthotics preventively can help maintain proper foot alignment and prevent potential problems in the future, especially if you have a family history of foot issues or conditions.

It’s important to note that while orthotics can be highly beneficial for many people, they should be prescribed and fitted by a qualified healthcare professional to ensure they are appropriate for your specific needs.

By Dr. Zavosh: Burrard Chiropractic and Foot Orthotics