We came across this status update on Facebook the other day: “My new orthotics are killing my feet and now I have had shin splints for the last 2 weeks. Has anyone else had this problem?”
In other words, do orthotics cause shin splints? Simply put: No! However, there’s so much more to it than that. If you can relate to this problem, then keep on reading.
Let’s first start with the orthotics, also known as shoe inserts. They should be helping not hindering your feet. If you have custom orthotics that were made for your unique foot structure, they really shouldn’t be hurting your feet! The purpose of orthotics are to help offer more support for your feet. They help to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern caused by your foot not bearing weight properly. If your foot isn’t bearing weight properly, then it could lead to other problems like bone, tendon and soft tissue problems, bunions or hammertoes. If anything, orthotics are used to help treat shin splints.
Shin splints are a common exercise-related problem and typically show up after any vigorous physical activity. They are especially associated with running. They are usually easily treated with rest, icing, and stretching. However, if they occur often, then custom orthotics may be able to help by distributing the weight in your feet to take pressure off of other areas.
Other reasons you might be recommended orthotics to help with your shin splints are:
- You have flat feet and rigid arches
- You are using poorly fitting or worn-out footwear
Unless your custom orthotics were poorly or inaccurately made, they aren’t related to your shin splints. But it’s important to get evaluated by a podiatrist because your shin splints could be a sign of a more serious issue such as a stress fracture or tendonitis.
Shin splints could even be a secondary problem caused by your body being out of alignment. In this case, a better alternative to custom orthotics would be a new treatment called HyProCure. It’s an outpatient procedure that works by inserting a stent in the small space between the ankle bone and heel bone. It keeps the ankle from rolling inward which in turn decreases any abnormal or excessive motion and keeps you pain free. Learn more about HyProCure here.
If you’re experiencing foot pain or other related issues, a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare is ready to give you a free evaluation. Our main goals are to find the cause of the problem and find the best treatment to help you get rid of your foot pain in the quickest way possible. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.