Foot and ankle pain can be more than just a nuisance; it can significantly impact your daily life. One effective way to address this pain is through custom orthotics. Unlike over-the-counter insoles, custom orthotics from the medical team at Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine in Kirkland, Washington, are specially designed to fit the unique contours of your feet, offering targeted support and relief.
Here are five ways custom orthotics can treat and prevent foot and ankle pain.
1. Provide support and improve alignment
Custom orthotics provide support to the arches of your feet, which is essential for maintaining proper foot and ankle alignment. Misalignment can lead to various issues, such as overpronation or supination, which can cause pain and discomfort. Custom orthotics can reduce the strain on your feet and ankles by ensuring your feet are correctly aligned.
Custom orthotics are particularly beneficial for individuals with flat feet or high arches, offering the necessary support to alleviate discomfort.
2. Provide shock absorption and redistribute pressure
The materials used in custom orthotics absorb shock effectively. Shock absorption reduces the impact on your feet and ankles during activities like walking or running. Additionally, custom orthotics help redistribute pressure across the foot to prevent areas of excessive pressure that can lead to pain, blisters, and other foot injuries.
3. Improve foot function and mobility
By enhancing foot mechanics, orthotics can alleviate pain and improve mobility, particularly for individuals suffering from conditions like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. Custom orthotics can provide the specific support and cushioning needed to treat these conditions, allowing for greater comfort and movement.
4. Prevent further foot and ankle complications
Custom orthotics not only offer immediate pain relief, but they also help prevent the progression of existing conditions and the development of new issues. Regular use of custom-fitted orthotics can help you avoid exacerbation of current foot and ankle problems and can even prevent certain conditions from developing in the first place.
5. Improve overall posture and balance
Custom orthotics also contribute to overall posture and balance. Poor foot alignment can affect the entire body, leading to posture issues and imbalance. By correcting foot positioning, orthotics help align the knees, hips, and back, enhancing your overall posture. Improving posture and balance helps reduce the risk of pain and injuries in other parts of the body.
Custom orthotics offer a range of benefits for those suffering from foot and ankle pain. They provide support, shock absorption, improved foot function, and help prevent further complications. If you think you could benefit from orthotics, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.