How Do Orthotics Work?
The purpose of an orthotic is to minimize unnecessary stress and strain on the bones, muscles and ligaments of the feet. Because your feet support the rest of your body, improper alignment of the feet can lead to compensation in other areas, resulting in any number of problems or injuries. Maintaining ideal foot alignment with a custom orthotic promotes improved biomechanics for activities such as walking and running. This can help to alleviate pain and improve skeletal alignment.
Custom orthotics work much like prescription eye glasses, they are an external device that does not alter the anatomy of the foot, but allows for improved function when you wear them. They can be made to fit a variety of shoe types using different materials depending on what your specific needs are.