A simple, but precise screening and evaluation by a specially trained orthotics professional, usually a chiropractor, orthopedic or podiatrist, will help determine if orthotics can help you.
An accurate fit is essential to the success of any orthotic device. The process starts with a cast of your foot using a soft foam mold to produce an exact impression of your foot. Since every foot is different a customized orthotic will have a more exact fit and result than a one-size-fits-all product.
The orthotics a lot of patients prefer are flexible and insert easily into a fully enclosed shoe. They are made of durable plastic, with a foam layer and ultra suede cover for cushion and comfort.
While the costs are reasonable, in some cases a portion may be covered by insurance and the benefits are well worth it.
Consider so of these red flag indicators and contact your health professional if you feel there is a possible link.
- Do you stand or walk for more than 4 hours a day?
- Have you had a knee or back injury?
- Do your shoes wear unevenly?
- Is one of your legs shorter than the other?
- Do you have obvious foot problems, (bunions, corns or flat feet)?
- Are you suffering from chronic knee, hip or back pain?