What They Are: Orthotics are inserts which are worn inside footwear. Custom-made by a laboratory to the exact molds of the patient’s feet, orthotics are constructed of layers of soft materials, reinforced with more rigid materials. Orthotics allow the muscles and tendons of the feet to perform more efficiently.
Benefits: By guiding the feet through proper functions, orthotics allow the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their greatest potential. When appropriately prescribed, orthotics can decrease pain, not only in the foot, but in other parts of the body such as the knee, hip and lower back.
Recommended for: Although almost everyone can benefit from wearing custom orthotics, our Naturopathic Doctors frequently recommend them for patients who must walk or stand excessively on the job as well as older adults experiencing arthritis. For those who are active in sports, orthotics will often increase endurance, performance and strength.