Orthotic Insoles have been used for decades to relieve discomfort from a variety of foot conditions. Many of these conditions have a common thread in that they can be caused by something called over-pronation. By controlling the pronation of the foot, the symptoms of some foot conditions can be relieved with orthotic insoles.
Flat feet are often referred to as “fallen arches”, and is a common condition seen in both children and adults. The arch of the foot is formed by a group of tendons and ligaments attached to the heel and foot bones. Tendons in the lower leg and foot must work in conjunction, pulling at the correct times during standing and walking. This aids in forming the arch of the foot. If the tendons do not pull sufficiently enough, or the ligaments of the foot are lax, the foot may be left with a very low arch, or no arch at all. This condition is commonly referred to as flat feet.
Orthotic insoles may be recommended to control the discomfort that often accompanies flat feet.
Often referred to as the “Jogger’s heel”, plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It has been estimated that about 10 percent of people will suffer from the condition at least once during their lifetime. The plantar fascia is a flat band of connective tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. This ligament provides support to the arch of the foot. Excessive stretching and repeated straining of the ligament can cause small tears in the tissue, leading to inflammation and pain.
Orthotic insoles may be recommended to control the discomfort that often accompanies plantar fasciitis.
The foot and ankle have multiple tendons that connect the muscles of the lower leg to all aspects of the foot. These tendons can become irritated and inflamed along the course of the tendon, or where the tendon attaches to the bone. This is referred to as “Tendonitis”, and can occur for a variety of different reasons. Tendonitis can make physical activity involving the feet extremely difficult and painful.
Orthotic insoles can control inefficient and painful motion of the foot and ankle. Controlling abnormal frontal plane motion of the ankle, heel and foot can relieve the symptoms of tendonitis in some instances.
Shin splints are specifically an inflammation of the deep connective muscle tissue that is attached to the inner border of the shinbone. Shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome, is a common injury induced by intensive exercise, such as prolonged running, vigorous sports or excessive physical activity. This condition can affect athletes of all levels and is characterized by a distinct pain in the lower leg, between the ankle and knee. Shin splints are especially common among runners, aerobic dancers, military recruits and people with flat feet.
Orthotic insoles may be recommended to relieve the discomfort that can accompany shin splints.
The metatarsal region or ball of the foot is the area between the arch and toes. Pain in the ball of the foot, or metatarsalgia, is generally not a serious condition, but it can be aggravated to the point where normal activities and exercise can become extremely painful. Certain foot shapes might be subject to undue stress in the metatarsal region thus causing pain and discomfort in the front area of the foot just below the toes.
Orthotic insoles are often recommended to relieve the symptoms caused by metatarsalgia, or pain in the ball of the foot.