Orthotics offer relief from painful foot problems, especially for people who spend a lot of time walking or standing — at work, or in everyday activities. Regular use of orthotics will help alleviate knee, hip, back and even neck pain by maintaining normal positioning of the bones in the toes, feet, ankles, and knees. This helps to realign the spinal column and can even alleviate fascia pain.
As opposed to an arch support, which can be purchased “over the counter” at many stores, a custom orthotic has distinct advantages including:
- Durability. Custom orthotics are designed to last much longer than your typical arch support, maintaining the foot in its proper position for as long as 6 months.
- Quality. Must commercial arch supports flatten with running or increased pressure, where as a custom orthotic will remain firm and maintain the position of the foot during activities including exercise.
- Whole foot support. Most arch supports, in contrast, do not cradle the heel and are therefore not as effective.
Finally, custom orthotics can be ordered with little-to-no out-of-pocket expense through your insurance company. Microsoft employees, for example, may order two sets of custom orthotics each year at a rate of 100% coverage. Check with your insurance company to see if you are eligible for custom orthotics as well, and call our office to schedule an appointment today.