Interested in Orthotics?
posted: Aug. 29, 2022.
Putting orthotics in shoes can benefit nearly everyone. When someone thinks of orthotics, they usually think solely (no pun intended) of improving the comfort of your feet. They do so much more. Orthotics can improve balance, back pain, posture, athletic performance and more. When you have an issue with your foot, Dr. Kent Dinucci from The Ankle and Foot Clinic may suggest trying orthotics in Omaha, NE. But, you may discover that problems in other areas of your body improve after wearing them.
How Can Orthotics Help Me?
Orthotics can do wonders both for your feet, and the rest of your body. Below are some benefits:
- Decrease foot pain: Orthotics will even out the distribution of your body weight, so one area of your foot does not take on most of the pressure from walking. When the distribution of body weight is uneven, it can lead to imbalances in the muscles, ligaments and tendons. And, in turn, this can lead to injury.
- Help injuries heal: Orthotics will take the pressure off certain areas of your foot that may be injured and need less weight placed on them. Alternatively, they can increase pressure on other areas of the foot that are healthy and can handle it. When weight is distributed in a way that helps to your specific injury, overworked structures can relax and heal.
- Normalize leg asymmetry: Sometimes foot, knee, or hip pain is due to the legs of a patient being of different lengths. This asymmetry can wreak havoc on your skeletal system. It can cause back pain and pain in other areas of the body. Getting orthotics in Omaha, NE is often the solution to this problem. Orthotics can address the asymmetry in leg length in several ways. Using only one orthotic in the show of the shorter leg may be enough to even things out. Or, another option is trying different thicknesses of orthotics in each shoe, thus evening out the asymmetry.
- Help with back pain: Posture and gait may be improved by wearing orthotics. This can lead to a straighter spine and may decrease back pain.
- Improved comfort and confidence: Increased comfort may lead to standing up straighter. Standing taller will inevitably improve confidence.
- Improve balance: Your balance improves as a result of body weight being distributed more evenly on the foot.
- Shock absorption and support: Walking and running produce great loads on your feet from their pounding nature. Orthotics will absorb the pounding forces on your feet, rather than those forces passing to the feet themselves. They offer enhanced support to your feet over shoes alone. Wearing orthotics may help prevent future injuries because of this shock absorption.
- Improve athletic performance: Reasons for improvement in sports - all of the above. Orthotics may make you run faster and jump higher.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. DiNucci from The Ankle and Foot Clinic in Omaha, NE to discuss orthotics. You can reach our office by calling (402) 331-0221.