4 Foot Problems That Can Be Helped by Orthotics
Your feet literally support you throughout the day, so healthy feet are important. But like any other part of your body, your feet can suffer from painful conditions. These problems may reduce your mobility or even keep you off your feet altogether.
Fortunately, many common foot problems can be addressed with orthotics, the application of orthoses. Ortheses are external devices that assist with pain or other mobility problems. Some of the most well-known are shoe inserts, braces, and splints. Here is a look at four foot problems you may encounter that orthotics can help.
- Plantar Fasciitis
The term “plantar” refers to the sole of the foot, and fasciitis is an inflammation of the fascia, a type of connective tissue. Plantar fasciitis may appear slowly or gradually. It is chiefly characterised by pain in the bottoms of the feet and may also cause a sensation of tightness.
Plantar fasciitis can sometimes be relieved by a custom orthotic shoe insert. Chiropractic treatment can also help, particularly treatment incorporating fascial release therapy. Speak with your chiropractor about the possibility of plantar fasciitis and potential treatments if you notice persistent or intense foot pain.
A bunion, known medically as hallux valgus, is a bony deformity of the big toes. Excess bone growth causes these toes to turn inward. This deformity may be genetic but can also be caused by wearing footwear that is too tight or restrictive.
Some bunions are asymptomatic, but the condition can also be painful and interfere with walking and exercise. Often, a new, properly-fitting pair of shoes is all you need. Your orthotics expert can help you select appropriate footwear. In severe bunion cases, you may need to consult with a podiatrist.
- Heel Spurs
Heel spurs are painful and feel like an “extra” bone below your heel. They are actually calcium deposits that build up over time. Rest and physiotherapy from your chiropractor can help with the problem. Surgical removal of the spurs is necessary in rare cases.
It is easy to confuse the symptoms of plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, and it is important to know which condition you have to treat it properly. Let your chiropractor know if you are suffering from foot pain, as they can help make an accurate diagnosis.
- Flat Feet
The human foot normally has a natural arch. This arch allows us to stand for hours or even run long distances since the structure relieves pressure on the sole. However, some people suffer from pes planus or flat feet. Their arch is much too shallow or even nonexistent.
Flatfoot is a condition that is relatively straightforward to diagnose. The usual treatment is shoe inserts that help “mold” your foot into the proper arch. Your orthotics expert can recommend good shoe inserts that should relieve the pain and fatigue of flat feet over time.