An orthotic is an insert that fits inside a shoe. Orthotic inserts can help correct foot problem by positioning the foot in an anatomically correct position for movement. Orthotics can prescribed when an individual has excessive pronation or supination.(We’ve all seen the Dr. Scholls ads for their new foot-mapping kiosks).
While everyone has a bit of pronation or supination with movement, excessive motion that may lead to an overuse injury. A professionally made orthotic insert will compensate for excessive movements or other abnormal foot mechanics. Not everyone needs a custom made orthotic insert, however.
There are several commercially available orthotic inserts on the market. I mentioned the Dr. Scholls device, which I have tried. The stand-on device uses technology to map your feet and then recommends the appropriate Dr. Scholls orthotic insert, conveniently located at the kiosk. The orthotics that the machine said that I needed to help correct “low arches” were $55…I passed.
I was looking to replace the Aetrex Lynco Sports Orthotics that I had been using in my racquetball shoes. The Aetrex helped protect my feet for about a year, after I had developed plantar fasciitis while playing. The cost of replacing the Aetrex, which I purchased at the local Foot Store, would be $58. I decided to look elsewhere.
A friend, who owns a home medical supply store in Jacksonville Fl., suggested I try the Spenco orthotic inserts. I chose the Spenco PolySorb Total Support model because it has the ” maximum cushioning” and “maximum support”. The cost was $28, about half the price of the major commercially available orthotic inserts.
I noticed the difference immediately. It took a few days to get used to the extra arch support, because I had worn down the Aetrex, especially in the heel and big toe areas. the Spenco orthotic inserts perform as well as the more expensive Aetrex orthotics. Time will tell if they last as long!
I have been using over the counter orthotic insoles for 2 years and I have had no further problems with plantar fasciitis.
Orthotic insoles can help with plantar fasciitis. They can also correct other kinds of foot positioning problems. Not everyone needs an orthotic, but if you have low arches, or you are prone to plantar tendon injuries, there is a good chance you will benefit from a commercially available orthotic insole.
In my case, my right foot was injured playing racquetball. The pain was on the bottom of the foot, in front of the heal. A little research on the internet suggested that I was suffering from plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis can be a debilitating injury. It is the irritation and swelling of the plantar tendon, the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. In my case, it was caused by playing racquetball with shoes that did have not enough arch support. The plantar tendon was constantly being stretched as the arch of my foot moved toward the floor, during play.
Conservative treatment, rest, icing, message, stretching and Aleve solved the problem. I stayed off the court for 3 weeks. When I did return, I was armed with a new set of orthotic insoles from Preston Home Medical Equipment Supplies in Jacksonville Fl.
I noticed the difference immediately. It took a few days to get used to the extra arch support. I have been using the orthotic insoles for 2 years and I have had no further problems with plantar fasciitis.