6 Signs You Could Benefit from Foot Orthotics

Orthotic shoes are designed to prevent pain in the knees, ankles and feet. If you’re presently experiencing this type of pain, it’s important to see a foot specialist right away. Treating a foot problem once it’s had time to worsen can make recovery a lot more difficult than treating it early on.

Foot specialists educate you on how to keep your feet healthy, and how to recognize early signs of serious problems so you can prevent them. Check out these signs to determine if foot orthotics can help you:

  • Foot Pain

If you wear shoes that aren’t the right fit, there’s potential for serious damage over the long term. Not only does the wrong shoe size pose a problem, but shoes with pointed tips and high heels can also cause severe foot injuries when worn repeatedly.

Whether you require specific shoes for sports, a job or everyday life, when your feet hurt due to the shoes you’re wearing, it’s best to speak to a foot specialist as soon as you can. 

  • Pain Specifically in the Heels

This type of pain is symptomatic of a condition called plantar fasciitis. It’s caused by the weakening or inflammation of the ligament (the plantar fascia) that connects the heel bone to the toes. Foot orthotics are used to treat this condition along with regular stretching and lifestyle changes.

  • Uneven Wear on Your Shoes

If the sole on one side of your shoe is worn down more than the other, you might be pronating or supinating your feet. Pronating means your foot rolls inward while supinating means you’re rolling your foot outward. A good rule of thumb, is to look at your oldest pair of shoes, so you can see how you’re wearing out your soles. As you visit a foot specialist, you should also take older shoes with you, so they can assess your wear patterns.

  • Swelling After or While Standing

If you have pain or swelling as a result of standing for extended periods, you could benefit from the support of foot orthotics. Since your body might have been thrown out of alignment due to swelling, this can cause issues like joint and lower back pain as your ligaments and tendons are shifting.

  • Achilles Tendinitis

This condition happens when the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the back of the heel bone becomes inflamed. If this condition persists without treatment, it can result in tendon tearing or rupturing. Achilles tendinitis occurs when your tendon is overstressed from not warming up properly or extreme pronation.

  • Bunions

People gets bunions when bone or tissue around the joint of the big toe becomes enlarged and causes the big toe to bend inward towards the second toe. This condition is hereditary and can be symptomatic of poor foot mechanics. People who have low arches and suffer extreme pronation are more susceptible to bunions.

If you or a family member are suffering any of these foot issues, foot orthotics can soothe conditions and help alleviate pain. To learn more, contact us at Foot Sensation today.