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Orthotic Devices

Relieve Heel Pain With Orthotic Devices

shutterstock_142875511_reducedImproper biomechanics in the feet cause heel pain, knee pain and lower back ache. Orthotic devices are often prescribed for people experiencing heel pain. These devices are meant to improve body posture and correct our gait. One of the main reasons orthotic devices are used today is because of a condition called “over-pronation”. This is an ailment of the lower limb when the arches in the feet collapse and cause the ankles to roll inwards as they adapt to walking on hard surfaces.  Excessive body weight, age and weak foot muscles add to over-pronation. Over-pronation is more common in people over fifty years old.

Particularly for older men and women, over-pronation causes heel pain, heel spurs, plantar fascitis, knee pain, back ache and metatarsalgia. To provide relief and keep the condition from aggravating, doctors often prescribe orthotics. To restore the normal function of the foot, and bring the foot back to its normal alignment with the ankle and prevent foot rolling and rolling of the ankles, orthotic insoles are used inside footwear.

Orthotic inserts are an inexpensive way to control over-pronation, and they are a great investment for future health. Over time, wearing orthotic inserts in footwear typically will yield good results. Once the foot goes back to a normal alignment and starts functioning normally, the heel begins to feel relief from chronic pain.

The biggest difference in orthotic insoles and ordinary insoles is functionality. Orthotics devices are specifically created to correct the foot alignment versus offering comfort like ordinary insoles do. Because orthotic devices are designed to regulate foot function, they are made from materials that are tougher and more rigid. Ordinary insoles are made from spongy material designed to lend a cushioning effect to the feet. Many shoes are made with arch supports, but these supports are the softer material and don’t have enough of a curve value.

shutterstock_97671347_reducedWhen compared to the one or two arch designs that are normally found in a regular insole, the support level is much higher in  an orthotic insert. This allows a more even weight distribution throughout the foot and protects sensitive areas of the foot such as the heel, ball and bunions. Another important function of orthotics is achieving proper alignment between the foot and ankle so that they both function more effectively. Orthotic insoles are also designed with limited shock absorbent capability. Using orthotic insoles on a regular basis keeps the feet free of pain and allows the body to have better balance.

If you or someone you love is experiencing heel pain, it’s time to make an appointment with the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta. The professionals at the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta want to see you leave in a lot less pain than you came in with. Contact us by clicking here, and let us resolve your painful foot issues today.