There is an argument to be made for the feet being the ultimate support workers of your body. They keep you upright but they also grant you mobility — to walk, run, jump, or to dance!
Your feet not only support your body and keep you moving, but they also balance your body weight. If we don’t take care of our feet, we can develop serious biomechanical foot problems including supination, over-pronation, or fallen arches — all of which can cause additional strain on your feet and lead to pain elsewhere in the body such as the knees or lower back.
Custom orthotics help to correct foot abnormalities
When some people feel foot pain, they think of it as a comfort issue rather than a medical issue, and many sufferers think that simple drug store insoles will fix the problem. But generic shoes cannot help correct foot abnormalities, and if you suffer from chronic foot pain, custom orthotics from a reputable clinic like Feet First is exactly what you need.
Because custom foot orthotics are designed specifically for you and your unique feet, they provide support where it’s needed and can alleviate or even eliminate pain and correct abnormalities.
Below, our experts have compiled a list of common foot abnormalities and explain how custom orthotics can help fix the issue.
People who suffer from Metatarsalgia complain of pain at the balls of their feet. This condition is seen under the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th metatarsal bones. Abnormal pronation or a general collapse of the arch can cause excessive bone rotation which leads to foot pain.
To start your journey toward recovery, drop into our Toronto foot care clinic to learn how custom orthotics can help reduce the pronation and put a stop to the friction caused by the metatarsal bone rotation — relieving pain and increasing your well-being.
The Achilles tendon is named for the Greek warrior whose only weakness was the exposed heel of his foot which his mother Thetis held when she dipped him into the river Styx. She believed this would make Achilles impervious to any pain — but clearly, she had not tried to walk to the town of Marathon in flat sandals!
Achilles Tendonitis develops over time after the tendon becomes inflamed and swollen — which can be further agitated by improperly-fitted orthotics, bad form when exercising, overuse, or the onset of arthritis.
You should book an appointment with our chiropodists if you’re experiencing:
- Stabbing pain or stiffness along the tendon when you wake up in the morning
- Pain along the back of the heel that usually worsens with activity
- Extreme pain the day after you exercise
- A thickening of the tendon
Custom orthotics can relieve and even reverse the pain caused by Achilles Tendonitis, as heel lifts and custom shoes with a softer backing can help reduce pain and irritation of the tendon.
People suffering from this condition complain of pain in and around their heel bones. Plantar Fasciitis is caused by the breakdown and tearing of the fascial soft tissue — which is generally caused by a constant tug of the heel bone at the attachment site. The issue is often exacerbated by walking for long stretches in unsupported footwear.
Custom foot orthotics can reduce and even stop the stretching of the lower arch, allowing the soft tissue damage to heal over time. If you’d like to learn more about how custom orthotics for plantar fasciitis can help you, stop by Feet First for more information.
Find relief for the above issues at our foot clinic in downtown Toronto where we offer interim treatment and schedule a follow-up issue-specific session so that you get the care you need. We also offer video gait analysis that uses 3D cameras to see the issues in slow motion, allowing us to better find a solution tailored to your needs and wants.
At Feet First, we care about your feet. Come in for an assessment today!