Your foot is a complex structure made up of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments that all work together to support and balance the weight of your entire body, sometimes up to 1.5 times your body weight just from daily walking. Your feet are designed for this purpose, so when you are experiencing any kind of chronic foot pain, you should be concerned.
If you’ve done any research at all about your foot pain, then you’ve probably heard the term “orthotics” and might think they are only used for the elderly, but this isn’t the case at all. Custom orthotics are used to help foot pain for many different reasons. In fact, the majority of people of all ages have some kind of misalignment in their feet from poorly fitting shoes, playing sports, their chosen vocation, or hereditary factors.
1. Poorly fitting footwear
If your feet hurt constantly throughout the day it could be because you are not wearing the right kind of shoes for your feet. For example, if you’re a woman who wears high heel shoes to work every day. The way high heels are designed doesn’t offer good support and puts extra pressure on the ball of your foot and toes. Custom orthotics can help by providing extra support for your feet and keeping your feet from becoming misaligned. They can also help protect bunions and hammertoes that are aggravated by high heeled shoes. It’s also possible that your foot is just designed in a way that needs specific shoes or custom orthotic inserts to accommodate it. For example, if you have flat feet or an irregular walking pattern.
2. Playing sports
If you’re an athlete or avid exerciser – especially a runner – and experience nagging foot pain, you are a candidate for custom orthotics. While choosing the proper running shoe or other type of athletic shoe is an important factor to control foot pain, orthotics can help with slight misalignments that have occurred as well as the repetitive impact and stress your feet experience. They also help protect against injuries and enhance performance.
If you have a job that requires you to stand for long periods of time, then there’s no doubt you’ve experienced foot pain. People who have jobs such as bankers, retail clerks, hairdressers, nurses, teachers, or factory workers are usually standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day and putting a lot of strain on their feet. They often just ignore it and shrug it off as part of the job, but then the pain becomes chronic. Custom orthotics can help ease the foot pain by offering extra support.
4. Hereditary factors
If you have bunions, hammertoes or flat feet, they are a part of your genetic make-up. This means you’ll generally just have to learn to live with them. One way to do this is to get custom orthotics to help stabilize and support the foot and place it in the correct position for walking and standing.
Custom orthotics are designed for your specific foot structure and can be worn by people of all ages. If you’re experiencing any kind of chronic foot pain, don’t ignore it because it can lead to further complications. Instead, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.