An Introduction to Foot Health and Custom Orthotics
October 3, 2021 | Cara Boyd

Though it might seem obvious, it’s important to keep your feet healthy. Seeing as many physical problems start at the bottom and work their way up, it makes sense that foot health has a major impact on everything from your knees to your neck.

Foot health is important to your overall well-being, especially when you spend hours of every day walking, standing, and travelling from place to place. If you’re an avid runner or work on your feet, chances are you’re familiar with aches and pains in your knees, hips, or back. 

This article will teach you about foot health and how custom orthotics can help you achieve more comfort and stability in your day-to-day activities.

 

The Importance of Your Feet to Your Overall Health

Your feet aren’t just for walking. A vital relationship exists between the feet and the rest of the body, including the spine, internal organs, and circulatory system – just to name a few! Feet provide structural protection for organs and blood vessels. They also affect the posture and alignment of the entire body. 

The plantar fascia, for example, is a structure of collagen that supports the arch that bears most of our body weight. When this area becomes weakened, symptoms can include plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and foot pain. Therefore, it’s crucial to understand what causes your foot pain and what you can do to safeguard your health in general.

 

What are Custom Orthotics?

 The word ‘orthotics’ refers to customized insoles. Custom orthotics are designed to support your specific biomechanics and personal requirements. They’re engineered to provide custom foot care, support, and muscle balance.

Professionals prescribe custom foot orthotics to improve the function of your feet and lower body. They come in either rigid or flexible forms. 

Both soft and hard forms can correct pronation (when your feet roll inward) and supination (when they roll outward). The tendency of your feet to roll in or out can cause any number of common foot problems, including fallen arches, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, and hip pain.

Unlike store-bought inserts, custom orthotics are designed by trained professionals. They are shaped according to your personal biomechanics and individually tailored for an accurate fit and wide range of motion.

 

How Custom Orthotics Can Help 

Not only do custom orthotics improve your ability to walk without pain, but they can also reduce joint stiffness and prevent the chronic diseases associated with long-term foot problems. Furthermore, professionally built orthotics are unlikely to cause any further harm to your feet or joints.

Custom foot orthotics are ordered through podiatrists and chiropractors, occasionally referred to as ‘orthotic fitters’.

 

Book an Appointment With Us Today!

In the hectic hustle and bustle of daily life, it can be easy not to take proper care of your feet. Unfortunately, poor foot health is one of the most common causes of body pain and is linked to numerous chronic diseases. Custom orthotics can help. 

Your total foot health is essential to your overall well-being and quality of life. With Integra Health Centre’s custom orthotic services, healthy feet are within your reach. 

To schedule your consultation today, please call us at (416) 777-9355 or book online.