Orthotics refers to any device inserted into a shoe, ranging from felt pads to custom-made shoe inserts that correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern. Orthotics, sometimes known as arch supports, allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. While over-the-counter orthotics are available, and may help people with mild symptoms, they normally cannot correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription custom foot orthotics can, since they are not custom made to fit an individual’s unique foot structure.
Your feet are a complex system of 52 bones, 66 joints, 214 ligaments and 38 tendons and muscles. Even the smallest imbalance in your feet can cause pain. Left untreated, chronic foot pain can prevent you from leading the active lifestyle you desire.
The most common types of foot pain that can result from poor foot function are:
- Plantar Fasciitis (Arch Pain)
- Heel Spurs (Heel Pain)
- Achilles Tendonitis (Rear Foot Pain)
- Bunion Pain (Big Toe Pain)
- Arthritic Foot
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
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, the subtle changes in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. These changes can put stress on joints higher up in your body, and lead to more serious problems such as:
- Knee Pain
- Anterior Shin Pain
- Patellofemoral Pain
- Hip Pain
- Hip Bursitis/Tendonitis
- Back Pain
Our team has years of experience providing custom-fit foot orthotics. These shoe inserts enable the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential. Some people have struggled for years with pain, not knowing their problem could be helped with foot orthotics. When appropriately prescribed, orthotics can:
- Decrease pain in the foot and/or in other parts of the body (knee, hip, back)
- Increase joint stability
- Minimize progressive foot deformity
- Lessen pain with walking, running or other exercise
You will receive a thorough evaluation which will include a postural and biomechanical assessment using gait analysis technology (GaitScan™). Our GaitScan™ System is a revolutionary diagnostic tool for assessing foot and ankle biomechanics. GaitScan™ has an industry high 4096 sensors and scans at an industry high 300Hz (scans per second). These measurements provide our healthcare team with a sophisticated explanation of foot mechanics and assists them with orthotic and/or shoe solutions. After a thorough evaluation, we will collaborate with The Orthotic Group Company lab, who uses our prescription to build your shoe inserts, carefully custom-crafting the orthotics for your specific needs.
The Orthotic Group’s custom orthotics are produced with unwavering attention to detail and their shoes and sandals have proven to be in a class apart in terms of comfort, construction and design.
The Orthotic Group has developed products that have set benchmarks for quality and precision internationally since 1985. Their commitment to excellence is driven by the knowledge that their products improve the quality of life for our patients. The Orthotic Group products are distributed by Healthcare practitioners only.
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Not all feet are created equal, and each foot type needs exactly the right shoe to prevent blisters and aches. Knowing how your foot hits the ground dictates what shoes to buy. Walkers and beginning runners tend to hit the ground heels-first, calling for heavy cushioning at the back of shoes. More experienced athletes run on the balls of their feet and need a shoe with substantial soles at the front of a sneaker. What can be best for one individual may be the worst for another.
With that, there’s a certain criteria you need to look at when looking for the best shoes, especially for running. To figure out what type of shoe you should buy, you need to know that kind of feet you have. A knowledgeable salesperson at a running specialty store or health care provider can determine and teach you your foot type.