With the reappearance of the sunshine more people will begin getting back outside. Runners, walkers and hikers will emerge from hibernation and people will start getting active again. With this increase in activity, it’s important that your feet are properly supported. Have you ever wondered if you’d benefit from wearing orthotics? Here are some signs that you would….
Does your wet footprint look like the B or C footprint below?
Foot A is what your footprint should look like. If your foot looks like Foot B, you have flat feet, and/or you over-pronate (which means your foot rolls inwards too much when you’re weight-baring). Getting an orthotic helps support the inside arch of your foot and preventing it from flattening out too much when you walk. If your foot looks like Foot C then you have a high arch. A properly fitted pair of orthotics can help balance your foot. Are the heels of your shoes more worn on one side?
Are the heels of your shoes more worn on one side?
If your shoes are more worn on the outside of the heel or inside of the toe, chances are your foot mechanics are out of whack. Excess wear in these areas can lead to problems for your feet, so come see us and get a pair of custom fit orthotics.
Do you have foot pain?
Pain in the top of the foot, through the toes or in the arch of the foot can be a sign that your foot mechanics are a bit off. Many people suffer from foot pain and do nothing about it – but that is so unnecessary! If you wear high heels often or have to squish your feet into shoes that don’t fit their natural shape – come see us.
Do you have heel pain?
A hallmark symptom of plantar fasciitis is sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of the heel when you take your first steps in the morning. The bottom of your foot can feel stiff and tight and quite painful with walking. If you feel pain in your Achilles tendon (back of the heel), orthotics can also help. If your foot rotates or collapses too much with walking, the Achilles tendon can rub against the surrounding structures and cause pain! Orthotics can help treat these conditions!
Do you have knee pain?
The alignment of the lower limb dictates the way the forces run through the limb as you walk, jump, run etc. If there is even a small misalignment it can cause excess and unnecessary wear and tear on the joints and excess strain on certain muscles. Orthotics help to create a solid and biomechanically correct base of support to help create a efficient and less painful knee joint.
Has there been a previous trauma to the knee or ankle?
If you’ve suffered injuries to the ankle, knee or even the lower back then orthotics can help you. Orthotics control the way the forces run through all the joints from the foot to the lower back and can help reduce pain in any of those areas. If you’ve suffered an injury to the lower back, hip, knee or ankle it is extra important that you are well supported!
So, if you can relate to any of the above, CALL US. Come see us for an assessment and we can help recommend the right orthotics to help your feet, ankles, knees and lower back feel happy!