Orthotics: How can they help your foot, back, and/or knee pain?

  • By Judith Sullivan
  • 31 Mar, 2017
  • 25 Jan, 2016

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We live in a society where we are constantly on our feet in our daily busy lives. Many of us are unknowingly wearing improper footwear or putting improper pressure on our feet due to bad posture. The way in which you walk also affects the degree of pressure on your knees and back. Hence, foot, back and knee pain are common ailments of the 21st century. Fortunately, orthotics can help you relieve the symptoms of such pain!  

What can orthotics help with?

Orthotics can help many foot complaints such as bunions, corns and calluses, and heel pain. Furthermore, as our feet are the foundation of our body, they will also provide relief for back, hip, and knee pain.   Orthotics adjust your bodies movement pattern to ease the strain through the joints and muscles of your body; restoring balance.

What are orthotics?

Functional foot orthotics are made on a custom basis according to your unique foot structure and biomechanics. Orthotics can vary in rigidity from very firm to soft depending upon your individual needs. Modifications made to the orthotic cast help to realign the rearfoot and the forefoot, whilst rearfoot posting helps to align the rearfoot and the leg and reduce compensation by modifying the angle at which the foot strikes the ground, thus improving posture and the alignment of the whole body and reducing tissue and joint stress. Additional accommodations such as special pads can also be applied to offload painful areas such as corns and redistribute pressure.

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