Nearly everyone has suffered from foot discomfort at some point in his or her life. A poll conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that more than half of all Americans had missed a day of work because of foot problems. Bearing in mind that the feet are the major weight-bearing part of the body, it’s little surprise we run into difficulties.
Foot pain occurs for a multitude of reasons, including bunions, high arches, such as arthritis, and deformities. What many people may not realize is that custom-made insoles (orthotics) can relieve pain. A close look at the human foot reveals a marvel of design and efficiency. Each foot has more than 100 functioning parts. No less than 26 bones work with the foot’s ligaments, muscles and tendons in two very small structures to support and balance the weight of the entire body. The force through a foot during normal walking is enormous. Walking puts up to 1.5 times one’s body weight on the foot. On average, our feet log 1,000 miles per year.
Foot problems are often treated with shoe inserts called orthotics. Custom-made foot orthotics are medical devices inserted into the shoe to correct an irregular or abnormal walking pattern. They are recommended to reduce pain, to deliver support, to avoid foot deformity or keep it from getting worse, to provide better positioning, to release pressure on a certain area of the foot, and to improve the overall bio-mechanical function of the foot and lower extremity.
For people with big toe joint conditions, pain relief can be achieved within six months. For many, insoles are a nonsurgical and medication-free way of relieving pain and improving quality of life. Foot pain is not normal and should not be ignored. The presence of foot problems can affect the proper functioning of other parts of the body, including the hip, knee and back.
At Advance we offer Spenco TM inserts that help many people with foot problem. We have a few different styles that help various types of foot problems. If those do not work, custom insoles are always an option. For more information call 516-568-4444.