17 Sep Why over-the-counter orthotics is not as effective as custom orthotics?
Local pharmacies and shoe stores often sell over-the-counter devices to relieve painful foot symptoms. But these options do not offer lasting pain relief. Since these devices are not specific to your foot or condition, they are not able to correct your biomechanics or restore a normal gait. Another reason why over-the-counter orthotics devices fail is that the medical condition underlying your symptoms would not be resolved by a mass-made product.
How can functional foot orthotics reduce the pain in my feet, ankles, legs and lower back?
Your foot and ankle are part of your lower extremity. Knee pain can be caused due to increased pressure in the knee joint. Functional foot orthotics can help realign you to relieve the pressure and hence, the pain. The same is true of the hips and lower back. Flat feet and abnormal knee mechanics can result in poor posture during walking and strain your lower back.
Functional foot orthotics devices are made with a rigid polymer or graphite material to improve your alignment or mechanics.
On the other hand, accommodative orthotics devices that are soft and malleable serve as a soft landing for diabetic neuropathy or Parkinson’s disease patients.
To understand which orthotics devices are most suited for your foot and ankle symptoms or conditions, consult a skilled podiatrist. S/he would accurately diagnose the underlying condition and recommend what is best for you.
To learn more about foot orthotics treatment or to consult an experienced podiatrist in Phoenix, AZ, call Oasis Foot and Ankle at 602-993-2700 Now!