Six reasons why you should get orthotics.
In this blog we will be discussing the 6 reasons why you should get orthotics. We will then go on to talk about which orthotic you should choose.
But before we do this I thought it would be good to go through what orthotics are.
Orthotics are insoles that go into your shoes. They are designed to encourage your feet to work in the best way possible. In fact one of the reasons why you should get orthotics is to correct faulty foot mechanics. Faulty foot mechanics can be assessed through examination of your feet and assessment of how your foot moves as your walk. It is an important factor in deciding if you need orthotics. To learn more about foot mechanics you can check out our orthotics page but for the other 6 reasons why you should get orthotics carry on reading below.
So here are the 6 reasons why you should get orthotics
1) They can help reduce foot pain
One of the first reasons why you should get orthotics is to reduce pain. Foot pain such as morton’s neuroma and plantar fasciitis can be helped by wearing orthotics. Often the cause of achy painful feet is faulty foot mechanics. When your foot works badly pressure from walking and running can go through the wrong part of your foot causing injury and pain. Orthotics help to correct faulty foot mechanics by supporting your feet and encouraging them to work in the best way possible. This can reduce pain.
2) Orthotics can also help knee and hip pain
Faulty foot mechanic not only the pressure from walking to go through the wrong part of your foot but through the wrong part of you ankle, knees and hips. This can lead to pain in your ankle, knees and hips. Wearing orthotics corrects the faulty foot mechanics, which leads to an improvement the mechanics of your ankles, knees and hips. Which can mean less pain and injury in those joints.
3) Improve performance
If you are in pain whilst training or taking part in competitive sport then your performance will suffer and you will be more likely to injury yourself. If you feet, knees and hips are under less pressure and working better then you are likely to train better, play better and perform better.
4) Reduce wear and tear on your joints
As we have discussed if the mechanics for your feet are not working well then you the pressure from walking and running can go through the wrong part of the joint causing it to wear quicker or unevenly. This can lead to early degeneration of the joint as well as pain and injury in the area. Orthotics improve the faulty foot mechanics so that the feet, knees and ankles work at their best with the pressure from walking going through the correct part of each joint.
5) Get you back to the activities you love
If pain in your feet, knees or hips is stopping you from playing your favourite sport then you tend to stop playing as much or going to training sessions. Or sometimes the pain can be so bad that you give up altogether. Not only does this mean that you no longer get to take part in the activity that you love but you stop having the physical and social parts of the activities as well. So if pain is stopping you, orthotics could help reduce that pain and get you back to the activities you love.
6) Keep you active
Apart from stopping you from taking part in your favourite activity pain in your foot, knees or hips can make you generally less active. Perhaps making you drive when you would of wlakied. Stop you from taking that afternoon walk or mean that you avoid getting up and moving as much as you would. Lack of activity and becoming more sedentary can cause many health problems not only in your muscle and joints but in your cardiovascular system and can cause you to gain weight. If the pain is due to faulty foot mechanics orthotics can correct this and help you become more active again.
Which orthotics should you choose?
We have covered the reasons why you should get orthotics, now we need to know which ones should you choose.
There are two types of orthotics off the shelf and custom made. So how do you know which one is the right option for you. There are three factors that help you to decide which orthotics to choose. Budget, seriousness and affect on your life.
There are three factors that help you to decide which orthotics to choose. Budget, seriousness and affect on your life
Off the shelf orthotics are cheaper than custom made orthotics. This because they are generically made to foot size without any specific adjustments to your requirements. They are made of cheaper materials so have a shorter life span usually 12- 18 months. Custom made orthotics will be made to your personal requirements with whatever additions or modifications you need to get the best from them. They are made of high quality materials and generally have a longer life span of up to 10 years.
This factor depends on how serious you are about your need for orthotics. If your need for them is casual you don’t have much pain and are not taking part in any serious sport then off the shelf orthotics may be a good option for you. However, if you are serious about your sport, training for a particular goal or challenge or spending a lot of time training then custom made orthotics would be the best option for you.
Affect on your life
How much is the pain affecting your life? If it is a minor inconvenience then off the shelf orthotics may be enough to sort out the problem. But if the affect on your life is major, your are in a lot of apina or unable to take part in the sport or activity you want then custom orthotics are more likely to be a better choice.
Orthotics at Total Chiropractic
At Total Chiropractic we offer custom made orthotics using the TOG Gaitscan system (for more details on that visit our orthotics page). The price for custom made orthotics ranges from £220 to £400 ours are priced at £250. This includes your gaitscan appointment, orthotic fitting appointment and review appointment.
If this sounds interesting we offer a free 20 minute orthotic chat. In this appointment we will examine your feet and answer any questions you may have about custom made orthotics. If we think that you are likely to benefit from custom made orthotics we can then go on to book you a gaitscan appointment. A gait scan appointment lasts about an hour and includes a history of your problem, an examination of your feet, ankles, knees and hips and then the gaitscan to assess your foot mechanics.
If you would like to book a free 20 minute orthotic chat please fill out the form below and we will be in touch or you can book an appointment online.
If you have any questions or would like to chat to us about orthotics then please call us on 01635 791301.
Rosie Piercy MChiro DC