How Orthotics Help You!
It's all about supporting your foundation, and that starts with your feet. Whether you are standing, walking or running, they provide you with support. By stabilizing and balancing your feet, orthotics enhance your body’s performance and efficiency, reduce pain, and contribute to your total body wellness.
What are orthotics?
A foot orthotic is a device that can be inserted into the shoe to support, align, prevent and or accommodate foot deformities and improve foot function. Used in conjunction with appropriate footwear, a foot orthotic can be effective in helping to treat a number of foot and lower limb problems including heel, arch and forefoot pain, shin splints, as well as pain and complications related to health conditions such as diabetes and arthritis.
Orthotics can help a range of foot and health conditions including:
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Ankle Sprains
- Foot Numbness
- Lower Back Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Prosterior Tibal Weakness
- Shin Splints
- Tired Feet
Who needs to wear orthotic shoes?
From mild discomfort in the foot and knee to severe problems, a foot orthotic can help a wide range of patients.
How long will a foot orthotic last?
The lifespan of a foot orthotic varies from patient to patient. The materials used to make the foot orthotic, the patient’s foot structure, current levels of activity, age and physical condition all have an impact on the lifespan of a foot orthotic. The shell of the foot orthotic is the strong material that shapes it. It generally lasts longer than the top cover (the material used as an interface between the shell and the patient’s foot). The materials often used as top covers will compress over time but can easily be replaced. The lifespan of a foot orthotic should be measured not by when the finishing touches (the cover material) wear out but by how long it meets the foot’s changing needs for support, correction and pressure redistribution. If your symptoms begin to return it is a good idea to have your orthotic reassessed to determine if modifications or a new device are necessary.
Dr. Rubanenko's Recommendation
The two companies Dr. Rubanenko recommends are custom orthotics by Foot Levelers and over-the-counter insoles by DoctorInsole.
Dr. Rubanenko recommends Foot Levelers for custom-made orthotics which include a 3 arch support system. These can be custom fit in the office. You will receive the orthotics within two weeks with a money back guarantee. Click here to visit the Foot Levelers website to learn more about their products.
Dr. Rubanenko also recommends DoctorInsole. They are the first over-the-counter, custom-grade orthotic insoles made by capturing a personalized impression of your foot for a unique fit. Click here to purchase online or come into the office receive a pair! If you decide to order online, don't forget to use the code "DR10" to get a 10% discount on your entire order!