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The Advantages of Orthotics: Insights from a Podiatrist

27th July 2023


Orthotics, also known as shoe inserts or insoles, have become increasingly popular in recent years as a solution to various foot and lower limb conditions. As  podiatrist's, we have witness first-hand the transformative effects of orthotics on our patients' lives. In this blog post, we will delve into the benefits of orthotics from a podiatrist's perspective, shedding light on how these simple devices can bring significant improvements to foot health and overall well-being.

1. Enhanced Foot Support and Stability

One of the primary advantages of orthotics is their ability to provide enhanced foot support and stability. They are custom-designed to align with the unique contours of an individual's feet, ensuring proper weight distribution and alignment. This, in turn, helps alleviate stress on the feet, ankles, knees, and even the lower back, reducing the risk of developing various painful conditions like plantar fasciitis, overpronation, and shin splints.

2. Improved Foot Function

Many individuals suffer from biomechanical imbalances that can lead to painful foot conditions. Orthotics are crafted to correct these imbalances, aiding in the proper functioning of the feet during various activities. By promoting better gait patterns and realigning the foot's structure, orthotics can significantly improve foot function, allowing patients to move with greater ease and reduced discomfort.

3. Pain Relief

Chronic foot pain can be debilitating, preventing individuals from enjoying daily activities and negatively impacting their overall quality of life. Orthotics can be an excellent non-invasive solution for pain relief. They provide cushioning and support to alleviate pressure on sensitive areas, helping to reduce pain caused by conditions such as bunions, metatarsalgia, and Achilles tendonitis. In many cases, orthotics can serve as an alternative to surgery or long-term medication use.

4. Preventive Measure

Orthotics are not only beneficial for addressing existing foot issues but also serve as a preventive measure against potential problems. By optimizing foot function and correcting imbalances, orthotics can help prevent the development of future foot conditions, especially in individuals with flat feet or high arches. Regular use of orthotics can be particularly advantageous for athletes and active individuals, reducing the risk of sports-related injuries and strains.

5. Enhanced Comfort

Foot discomfort can be a constant source of annoyance and distraction in daily life. Orthotics can provide significant comfort by reducing pressure points and providing cushioning to the feet. Whether standing for extended periods, walking long distances, or engaging in physical activities, orthotics can make a substantial difference in overall comfort levels, allowing individuals to focus on their tasks without the distraction of foot pain.

6. Customization for Individual Needs

One of the most significant advantages of orthotics is their customizability. Unlike generic shoe inserts, orthotics are tailored to the specific needs of each patient. A podiatrist carefully assesses the patient's foot structure, gait, and any existing conditions before designing orthotics that address their unique requirements. This personalized approach ensures that the orthotics offer optimal support and functionality for the individual, maximizing their benefits.


As podiatrist's, we firmly believe that orthotics are a valuable tool in promoting foot health and overall well-being. Their ability to provide enhanced support, improved foot function, pain relief, and preventive benefits makes them a compelling option for individuals with various foot and lower limb issues. If you're experiencing foot discomfort or have concerns about your foot health, consulting a qualified podiatrist to discuss the potential benefits of orthotics could be the first step towards a more comfortable and active life.

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Why it's important for runners to see a podiatrist

24th October 2022

The human foot is comprised of 112 ligaments, 33 joints, and 26 bones, as well as a whole network of nerves, blood vessels and tendons. All of these pieces work together to help a person walk or run. Running is fast becoming one of the most popular types of exercise, but before you lace up your shoes and head out the door for your next run, it is important to have your feet checked by a podiatrist. Many sidelining foot injuries can be prevented by regular visits to the podiatrist.

Preventing Common Foot Injuries

According to leading podiatrists, many experience foot pain from running because they wear shoes without the right fit. Many injuries can be avoided completely by wearing podiatrist recommended shoes. Most podiatrists can suggest running shoes based on the build of each person’s foot. Many individuals fail to purchase running shoes with enough cushioning. Shoes with adequate cushioning protect the feet from the impact of the continuous pounding they take during a run. Running shoes should also be able to support the arch portion of the foot and help stabilize the foot during impact. It's important to realize that running shoes are different from other types of exercise shoes typically used for other sports or aerobic exercises.

Dealing with Running Injuries

Starting a new running regimen is certain to cause plenty of aches and pains initially. If you experience pain while you are running, ease up to see if the pain lessens. If the pain does not ease up or gets worse, it’s time to stop and rest. If you experience foot pain after running you may have an injury. In this case, you need to see a podiatrist to rule out a stress fracture, which is the most common foot injury for new runners. Foot injuries often occur when running distances are increased too quickly without allowing the body time to adjust.

Most Common Running Injuries

The most common running injuries are actually caused by the foot. Runner’s knee is the most common running injury; it is caused by over pronation of the foot. Almost everyone has experienced shin splints, especially when they first started running. This painful condition is caused by over-striding, muscle imbalance or just overuse. It can be corrected and prevented by placing orthotic inserts in the shoes.

Whether you are an experienced runner or just starting out, being examined by a podiatrist can help prevent or treat foot pain from running.

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