You’ve probably seen all the different inserts you can get for your shoes at the store. Why are there so many of them? And what makes having custom ones made for you by your orthopaedic provider a better choice? Having the proper cushioning and support when wearing your shoes can make a big difference in how you feel at the end of the day or after a workout.
What Are Custom Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that are designed specifically for the shape and movement of your feet. These inserts can help correct improper walking action and give you the cushion you need. Before making the orthotics, you will undergo a thorough exam where measurements and an impression of your feet are taken. You may have a digital scan of the shape of your feet as well.
Custom orthotics are made of the highest quality materials, and the choice in shape and materials may be matched to the reason for the orthotic device. Those using them for athletic reasons may need a different orthotic than someone wearing their shoes to work every day. Similarly, you may need a different custom orthotic for each pair of shoes you wear, depending on the activity.
Benefits of Custom Orthotic Shoe Inserts
Having custom shoe inserts made can provide many benefits that you may not have considered. For example, you would expect to feel less pain in your feet when wearing your shoes, but you might also feel less pain in your knees, hips and even your back. Let’s take a look at the many benefits of custom orthotics.
More Comfort and Cushion
As we mentioned, comfort is the primary reason why many patients consider custom orthotics. If you are having a hard time finding a comfortable pair of shoes, it could be that the shape of your feet or the natural movement as you walk just isn’t suitable for those shoes. By wearing custom orthotic shoe inserts, you might find some of those shoes you’ve purchased in the past are actually quite comfy and fit well.
Wearing the wrong shoes, or wearing the right shoes without the proper support, can cause a lot of pain. You’d be surprised to find out that the pain isn’t always in your feet. Because your shoes impact the way you walk, walking incorrectly can affect your knees and hips especially. By wearing custom orthotics, you can correct the movement of your feet and your gait, so it’s more natural. This cuts down on premature wear and tear on your joints as well as pain.
Prevent Future Injury
Some injuries, especially athletic ones, could have been prevented by wearing the right shoes. Sometimes you can’t get the perfect fit from a pair of shoes out of the box, so custom orthotics bring you the perfect fit you need. When your feet and ankles are in proper alignment and neutral movement, you can prevent later joint issues caused by wear and tear. You will also have the support you need during activity periods, which helps prevent sprains and strains.
Enhance Athletic Performance
If you are an athlete, you know how important it is to be at your best every time you perform. Whether you are going for a morning run, playing basketball on the weekends or your softball league depends on your performance, you also need to depend on your shoes. When you have the cushion and support you need, you can move and run better and faster.
Improve Overall Well-being
You are more likely to get out and about when you can be active without experiencing pain or muscle fatigue. You will get through your shifts at work feeling less tired and sore, and you might just be willing to start that 5K challenge your friend mentioned. Being more active with less pain means you can feel better about many aspects of your life.
If you are experiencing pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips or back, it could be because of your shoes. Tired and achy muscles don’t have to be part of your work or exercise routine. Schedule your appointment with Silicon Valley Orthopaedics to learn more about custom orthotics and how they can help you live a better life.