What Do YOU need?
We all want happy feet, but it’s not always easy to know if you need insoles or orthotics. The good news is that there are lots of different types and brands available on the market today which means there is no excuse for not getting your feet looked after.
In this post we will look at what orthotic insoles are and how they work, who can use them and when they can be used. We will also discuss the difference between orthotics and insoles as well as how to choose the best pair for you based on your health conditions and needs.
What Are Orthotic Innersoles?
Orthotic innersoles are custom made foot supports used to address both the structure and the function of the lower limb. They can support, re-distribute and cushion the foot, ankle, knee and hip. They are custom made for each individual patient. The staff at Reform Podiatry Camden will use a 3D foot scanner to take the impression of the foot.
Do You Need Insoles?
Insoles are not for everyone. Good indicators that you need insoles or supports include: pain, functional restrictions or mechanical concerns. They are used to treat conditions such as:
Are Orthotics and Insoles the Same Thing?
The answer is a resounding no. Though orthotics and insoles are often used interchangeably, they are actually two different things. Orthotics are custom-made foot supports that help to correct biomechanical imbalances and aid in the prevention of injury, while insoles are preformed or generic foot supports that may provide some assistance but do not address your unique biomechanical needs.
In order to determine whether you need an insole or an orthotic, ask yourself two questions:
- Do I have pain? (Orthotics if yes)
- Is there something about my feet that feels unusual? (Orthotics if yes)
When Can I Use Orthotic Insoles?
All the time. Like glasses work on the eyes, orthotics generally only work when you are using them. Your foot doctor will often provide additional treatment such as:
– dry needling
– strength and conditioning
– footwear changes
among other things to help resolve and improve complaints, however the foundation of many treatment plans is dependant on the patient wearing orthotics.
When Can’t I Use Them?
If you are in pain, have outgrown them or the insole is no longer fitting the shape of the foot properly.
If you are experiencing a lot of pain, it may be worth seeing a podiatrist (foot doctor) to get an assessment. A podiatrist can also help with any problems with your feet that mean you may need to avoid wearing insoles for now.
What Should I Look for in a Good Pair of Orthotic Insoles?
You should look for comfort and support in your orthotics. You should notice day-to-day improvement. Your Podiatrist will schedule review appointments to make sure things are continually improving.
For many people, a good pair of insoles will provide relief from heel pain, arch pain, plantar fasciitis and other foot-related issues.
Know what you need, who can help and what to ask for Book a consult with your friendly podiatrist at Reform Podiatry Camden and they will help you with everything you need.
If you’re looking for professional help with your orthotic innersoles, know what you need and who can help. Here’s some tips:
- Know what you need. There are a variety of different types of orthotics that can be used for different purposes. For example, one type might be appropriate for someone who has plantar fasciitis, while another type is better suited to reducing pronation.
- Who can help? Your podiatrist is the best person to help design an orthotic innersole that works well for your feet and lifestyle. They will take into account factors such as whether or not you have high arches or flat feet; whether or not you have a job which requires standing or walking for long periods of time at regular intervals; if there are any areas where pain occurs when walking; whether weather conditions make it harder to walk (e.g., snow). They will also consider things like whether or not there are other problems related (e.g., knee pain) which might affect the choice made by their patient based on recommendations from doctors such as physiotherapists etc