The truth about Orthotics – Do you really need them?
The truth about Orthotics- Do you really need them?
Do you have foot pain?
Have you read about orthotics and wondered if they are just a gimmick or do they really help?
Have you wondered WHO is the best person to talk to if you do want orthotics?
And finally – do you wonder if your insurance will cover the cost of your orthotics?
Well let’s jump in!!!
Majority of Foot problems are caused by: Lack of proper care, ill-fitting shoes and general foot neglect.
It’s important to understand your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body and support you with each step. A small abnormality in foot function can have a large impact on joints higher up in the body, causing pain and discomfort.
When you are running, the pressure on your feet can be three or four times your body weight. Even walking can produce more pressure than the sum of your body weight. The American Podiatric Medical Association says that the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. That adds up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime or more than four times the circumference of the globe. That is a lot of walking with ill-fitting shoes or painful feet!!
In some cases foot problems can be an early signal of more serious medical problems like arthritis or diabetes.Women have four times as many foot problems as men because they have a long history of wearing high heels and/or pointy toe shoes.
Orthotics and proper shoe fit are very important aspects of foot health.
Remember if you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your ankles, knees, hip joints or back….the direct cause may be the function of your feet or ill-fitting shoes.
What are Orthotics?
If you look at any shoe that you have and pull out the bottom layer this is called an insole
Well this thin insole is basically the only thing that lies between your feet and the ground. With every step your feet are pushing down on the ground and the ground is pushing back!!
An orthotic is a customized insole that is created specifically for YOUR foot – to give support, take off pressure, prevent further injury and help absorb all the pressure from each step you take.
1: 25% of the bones in the body are in your feet.
2: The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day.
3: The right running shoe for you…
4: 60-70% of People with Diabetes have Mild to Severe
Forms of Nerve Damage, Often Impairing the
Sensation of the Feet
5: Many Foot Conditions (Bunions, Calluses, Corns, etc.
Are Caused by Ill Fitting Shoes
Do Orthotics Really work?
Achieving the proper fit:
- The toe box should have a ton of room; make sure you can wiggle your toes
- Ensure the width fits properly (your forefoot should never be wider than the shoe)
- Your heel should be stable within the heel counter
- The shoes should feel comfortable the moment you try them on
Who is the best person to talk to about orthotics?
- If you have any issues with your bones, muscles
- If you have any other conditions that could be affecting how you walk
Frequently Asked Questions About Orthotics:
1. Is the cost of ORTHOTICS covered by my insurance?
Yes some insurance companies do cover the cost of orthotics.
Make sure you check on the following:
- Do you need a doctor’s prescription?
- Do you have an annual amount/date for ordering?
- Who is able to measure and dispense?
Certain jobs that require a lot of standing or walking often have insurance coverage as they know the demands that are being placed on the body.
2. What are the benefits of Orthotics?
If you want to know about a possible way to get rid of your foot, knee, back pain.
If you want to prevent future injuries or worsening pain.
If you want to lead an active healthy lifestyle
Just call to make a complimentary 15 minute consultation with one of our experienced Chiropractors or Physiotherapists.
3. Does it matter which shoe I put the orthotics into?
Orthotics are most effective in shoes that are constructed well, fit properly and are in good condition. It is best to bring in your shoes when your health care practitioner is fitting you for orthotics. Knowing the type of footwear you wear the most will help your practitioner prescribe the right style of orthotics for your lifestyle. It is quite normal for some practitioners to prescribe two pairs of orthotics to patients (ie. Dress and Sport). When shopping for new shoes, it is also best to bring your orthotics with you for fitting purposes.
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