Did you know that a number of medical conditions can be addressed by wearing custom orthotics? Conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and pronation/supination can all be managed by wearing custom orthotics. It might sound silly at first, but believe us, what you put on your feet matter and came make a world of difference!
Let’s explore the details of each condition and walk through how custom orthotics can help:
Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood. Diabetes must be very attentive about the health of their feet, as diabetes can cause complications such as pain, numbness, loss of feeling, degeneration, and even amputation.
Proper footwear can play an important part in treating diabetes, especially if there is any evidence of neuropathy in the feet. By working with a footwear professional like a Certified Pedorthist, diabetes patients can prevent some very serious foot complications. Footwear for patients should help relieve areas of excessive pressure, limit motion of the joints, accommodate/stabilize/support deformities, and reduce shock and shear.
Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which usually worsen with age. Arthritis can cause bone erosion, joint deformity, and painful swelling in the feet.
Custom orthotics can help reduce the pain of this difficult disease and also help slow down the arthritic process. Each case of arthritis is different from the next, so it’s important to work with a medical professional in determining the proper course of action. For example, if you suffer from traumatic arthritis in your foot, orthotics can be used to stabilize your joint so it does not move as much. Since the movement causes the pain, the pain is reduced by decreasing the amount of motion.
Pronation and Supination
Pronation is the inward roll of the foot during normal motion. It occurs as the outer edge of the heel hits the ground and the foot rolls inward and flattens out. Supination is the opposite of pronation. It occurs as the foot rolls outward. A moderate amount of pronation and supination are required for your feet to function properly. Excessive amounts of either can cause damage and even severe injury like an ankle sprain or ligament rupture. These kinds of bio-mechanical problems can be prevented and treated with custom orthotic inserts.
Before you run out to buy orthotics to help you with your condition, you should visit the Foot Solutions location nearest to you. We have two convenient locations in Ottawa East and Ottawa West to better serve you. Foot Solutions has a Certified Pedorthist on site that can help you find the perfect custom orthotics product for your needs.