How can Orthotic Insoles Help you?
Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like the foundation of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, a subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. The result? Pain and discomfort in your feet and possibly up your legs to your knees, hips and lower back.
Orthotics are designed to control over-pronation, falling arches and to restore our natural foot function. Orthotics re-align the foot and ankle bones to their natural position, thereby restoring proper foot movement. In turn, this helps alleviate many biomechanical complaints such as heel pain, knee pain, and lower back pain. In addition, foot orthotics ensure our weight is more evenly distributed over the foot, taking pressure off sore spots – especially in the heel and ball of foot areas.
At Grady’s we specialize in Ready Made Orthotics which help relieve pain in 90% of our customers.
Problems that Orthotics usually help with include:
- Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain and Heel Spurs
- Arch Pain including stretching, tearing or strain
- Heel or Ball of foot pain caused by over pronation
- Ankle, Knee, Hip and Lower Back pain caused by over pronation
- Pain on the top of the foot caused by falling arch
There are some problems that Orthotics usually won’t help with. They include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain
- Toe Problems including corns between toes, hammer toes, ingrown toenails
- Diabetic Neuropathy (loss of sensation in feet)
- Severe Flat Foot where Navicular bone is displaced
- Calluses on sides of feet and toes
- Plantar Warts or Infections
Types of Orthotics
There are two types of orthotics available on the market today – ready made and custom made. Both types of orthotics help restore the normal balance and alignment of your body by gently correcting foot abnormalities. Ready made orthotics are pre-formed shoe inserts designed to support both your longitudinal and transverse arches, and with higher flanges they gently push your natural fat pads under the soles of your feet to give superior comfort. Custom made orthotics are manufactured from a plaster mold of your feet and are generally reserved for more complicated cases involving deformities or extremely flat feet. Custom made orthotics generally cost more than $400/pair while Ready Made Orthotics sell for less than $50/pair.
At Grady’s we specialize in Ready Made Orthotic Insoles
There are many brands on the market today but in our opinion the best is the Birkenstock Therapeutic Orthotic Support. For foot and leg pain associated with falling arches or over pronation these inserts rebalance your feet and bring them to a more neutral position. For plantar fasciitis and heel pain these inserts support the longitudinal arch keeping the plantar fascia in place when weight bearing thereby preventing it from tearing away from the heel bone. This reduces swelling and allows healing to take place.
“Imagine cupping your hand around your arch then standing – this is how good these inserts feel.”
On hard surfaces without support the tissues on your feet spread out sideways resulting in up to 1.5cm less cushioning beneath the heel bone and instability of the foot. The deep heel cups and high rims of these inserts keep the natural fat pads of your feet under the heel bone which results in greater comfort and ensures good medial and lateral support for your feet. The longitudinal and metatarsal arches precisely match the foot’s normal anatomy and guide the foot back into its natural form. These inserts are made from Birko Cork (a natural material develped by Birkenstock which is flexible and light yet very durable and lasting) and the thin profile of these supports fit in many styles of shoes including runners, loafers, walking shoes, workboots and more. The only shoes they generally don’t fit in are ladies dress pumps where the heel is very shallow.
Our experience over the last 24 years has shown that ready made orthotics enjoy an 80-90% success rate when orthotics are recommended. You can purchase the Birkenstock Orthotics Online or please come into our store in Lansdowne Place.