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Orthotics: What Are They and How They Can Help

Orthotics: What Are They and How They Can Help

If you’re suffering from foot, leg or back pain, you may need to see a medical professional but perhaps right orthotics could help manage – or maybe even fix – the pain. Whether your pain comes for arthritis, diabetes or another condition, orthotics can be a good choice. This article looks at what orthotics are, how they can help and the right types of shoes to go with them. Orthotics are specially made foot supports that can help with heel and arch pain, knee pain and lower back issues. General supports are available over the counter but specially made ones are designed to fit your feet more effectively. Orthotics are more than just a heel pad or shoe insert you can buy at most athletic stores. They’re highly customized shoe or heel inserts made for your feet. They are often one part of a treatment regimen – doctors often recommend orthotics in conjunction with these treatments, such as physical therapy. Types of Orthotics There are orthotics available for a range of foot, leg and back complaints. Here are the main types. Custom orthotics – After a consultation with a doctor or podiatrist, you may go through the process of having custom orthotics made. These are rigid and designed specifically for your feet. Most of the time, they’re used in more advanced cases to help force the foot back into the correct position. Heat-moulded orthotics – These can be less expensive than full custom orthotics but will still suit your feet and individual complaints. These typically feel like rubber even though they’re made of plastic. Insoles – These are an...