Understanding Orthotics and Improving Active Movements
Don’t mistake those ready-made insoles in a drugstore for orthotics, which are customized shoe inserts. A healthcare professional actually examines your feet, pronation and gait and then makes note of the pain you have while walking, running or standing and then orders orthotics that can address the problem your feet have.
Uses of Orthotics
There are many people who suffer from heel pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis
, flat feet, bunions, poor alignment of the lower limbs and/or abnormal biomechanics of the feet. Such people experience pain and discomfort when they walk, run or stand and orthotics is just what they need for pain management
, as they can rectify abnormalities of the feet as well as cushion any sore area.It has been observed athletes can benefit tremendously with the help of orthotics. Since they tend to put more stress on their feet, it is common for athletes, especially runners, to experience problems. They can avoid injuries as well as maximize their performance with the right orthotics. In fact, orthotics can alleviate pain in the ankles, knees and feet.A study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health
states feet orthotics can prove to be a boon for senior citizens, especially those suffering from arthritis. These inserts can improve their balance, thereby preventing falls and injuries, and also their gait. The study also states foot orthotics can alleviate pain that many rheumatoid arthritis patients experience when wearing shoes.The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
recommend stroke patients use orthotic intervention during their rehabilitation and recovery after a stroke. The right orthotics helps improve the length of stride and step, gait velocity, gait pattern as well as cadence. Above all, the patient expends less energy to walk and be mobile.
The Bottom Line
Orthotics is a boon and can improve your active movements effortlessly. Whether you are an athlete, senior citizen, caregiver of a stroke patient or a parent of a child with spine deformity, speak to a qualified and trained medical professional today about orthotic intervention.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon
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