Do you have nagging arch pain? You're not alone! Arch pain is one of the most common foot problems we see patients experience here at the clinic. Fortunately, there are multiple methods you can employ to relieve the discomfort and promote healing.
Arch pain can be a persistent problem that affects individuals of all ages and lifestyles. One effective solution often employed by podiatrists is orthotics. In today's post, we explore how orthotics treat arch pain as well as what podiatrists look for when selecting an orthotic insole.
How do orthotic insoles take care of my feet?
They elevate the arches
When it comes to arch pain, the primary objective of an orthotic is to support fallen arches and prevent their collapse. The best support and pain relief can be achieved with a full-length orthotic, such as the Ergonx Ultra Soft insole. It is crucial to ensure that the arch support extends all the way into the middle of the foot. Some insoles may fall short and lack proper arch coverage. Ultimately, by providing support to the arches, orthotics reduce strain on the ligaments, muscles, and joints of the foot.
They cushion the feet
Another benefit of orthotic shoe inserts is that they provide added cushioning and shock absorption. We recommend choosing an orthotic specially designed to target high-impact spots of the foot. Our feet tend to experience the most pressure at the heels and forefoot. By minimizing impact in these areas, the foot undergoes less wear and tear. You'd be surprised how much the health of our feet affects the rest of our body.
How do I choose the right orthotic?
Start by considering the design and features that best meet your needs. Podiatrists can help you determine these. For individuals with flat feet, we recommend insoles with substantial arch supports and adequate cushioning. A soft, full-length insole with high arch support will provide stability and reduce the workload on your feet.
The right orthotic also depends on your footwear. Before purchasing an insole, it is worth evaluating your shoes. Many shoes come with standard insoles that may not have the level of support you need. If this is the case, consider replacing them with aftermarket orthotic insoles. This is especially true for running shoes, work boots, and any other shoe type where performance matters.
In certain cases, you may require a custom orthotic that is tailored to fit your feet. Your podiatrist will conduct a thorough examination which may include taking foot impressions, assessing your gait, and obtaining a detailed medical history. Some conditions where podiatrists use custom orthotics include plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, diabetic feet, and sports injuries.
They're a powerful tool but they're not a cure-all
While orthotics can be a powerful tool in relieving arch pain, they are just one component of a comprehensive approach to foot health. Combining them with routine exercise and stretching will not only help you adapt to the orthotics but amplify their positive effects. As with any new treatment, begin with short routines and gradually increase their duration and intensity. Movements that target the calf muscles, and ankles will improve foot performance and function.
Whether you're an avid runner or a hardworking worker who spends long hours on your feet, orthotic insoles might just be what you've been looking for. Say goodbye to persistent discomfort and give your arches the support and cushioning they desperately need.
If you have any questions about arch pain, orthotic insoles, or your overall foot health, please don't hesitate to leave a comment below. You can also reach out to our team of experts at ergonx.com.au. We would love to hear from you!