Custom orthotics, also known as orthotic insoles or shoe inserts, are specially designed devices that are tailored to an individual’s foot shape and biomechanics. They are prescribed by healthcare professionals, such as pedorthists, to address various foot and lower limb conditions. Here are some benefits of custom orthotics:

  1. Correcting Foot Abnormalities: Custom orthotics can help correct structural abnormalities in the feet, such as high arches, flat feet, or overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the feet). They provide support and stability to align the foot and ankle properly, reducing strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  2. Relieving Pain: One of the primary benefits of custom orthotics is pain relief. They can alleviate foot, ankle, knee, hip, and lower back pain caused by improper foot alignment, overuse injuries, or conditions like plantar fasciitis, bunions, or arthritis. By redistributing pressure and promoting proper foot mechanics, orthotics help reduce stress on specific areas and improve overall comfort.
  3. Enhancing Foot Function: Custom orthotics improve foot function by optimizing biomechanics. They can improve walking efficiency, enhance shock absorption, and reduce excessive motion, such as overpronation or supination. By providing stability and control, orthotics can help athletes or individuals engaged in physical activities to perform better and prevent injuries.
  4. Preventing Injury: Orthotics can serve as a preventative measure against various foot and lower limb injuries. They offer support to the feet and ankles, reducing the risk of sprains, stress fractures, tendonitis, and other overuse injuries. People with certain conditions, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, may benefit from orthotics in preventing complications associated with their conditions.
  5. Improving Balance and Stability: Custom orthotics can enhance balance and stability, particularly in individuals with balance issues or those at risk of falls. By providing proper foot alignment and support, they help improve proprioception (the body’s awareness of its position in space) and reduce the likelihood of tripping or stumbling.
  6. Accommodating Foot Deformities: Custom orthotics can be designed to accommodate and provide relief for specific foot deformities, such as hammer toes, claw toes, or prominent bunions. They can relieve pressure points, protect sensitive areas, and prevent the progression of deformities.
  7. Increasing Comfort and Functionality: Custom orthotics are individually crafted to fit the unique shape and contours of an individual’s feet. This personalized fit improves overall comfort, reduces friction, and prevents blisters or calluses. Orthotics can easily be transferred between different pairs of shoes, allowing individuals to experience the benefits across various footwear options.

It’s important to note that custom orthotics should be prescribed and fitted by a qualified healthcare professional to ensure they address the specific needs of each individual. Pedorthist Carol Ann Sweeney is available at all PROTx locations, call 902 334 2300 to book your appointment.