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Myths About Custom Orthotics

Custom foot orthoses have a rich history, dating back to the mid-19th century when Lewis Durlacher created molded leather devices to address foot issues for Queen Victoria. Over the years, several myths have emerged about the function and effects of custom orthoses. First, custom orthotics are personalized medical devices designed to optimize foot and lower extremity function by modifying ground reaction forces' timing, location, and magnitude. They do not force the foot into specific joint positions but work with their unique morphology, stiffness, and cushioning properties to achieve therapeutic goals. Custom foot orthoses serve various purposes, from relieving diabetic neuropathic ulcers to reducing tension stress in conditions like plantar fasciitis. They also redirect ground reaction forces to prevent bending moments responsible for stress fractures and other issues. That there is one best way to design custom orthoses is another myth. The flexibility of custom orthoses allows for tailored solutions for different pathologies. Lastly, the notion that custom foot orthoses weaken feet over time lacks scientific backing. In fact, research suggests that they can enhance foot muscle activation. If you would like to understand more about how custom orthotics might help you, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

The benefits of custom orthotics are far-reaching and can make a significant impact on your daily life. Whether you are an athlete looking to enhance your performance, a healthcare worker on your feet every day, someone who experiences chronic foot pain, or someone who wants to improve their overall comfort and well-being, custom orthotics can be a game changer. 

Custom orthotics provide support, stability, and relief for a variety of foot conditions ranging from flat feet to heel pain. They can even help prevent injuries and address more severe foot concerns, such as plantar fasciitis and diabetic foot issues. 

Contact one of our podiatrists at Bruening Foot & Ankle to create tailored orthotics for you and enjoy a higher quality of life, reduced pain, and increased mobility. With the right orthotics, you can continue doing the things you love, whether it’s running, dancing, or simply walking comfortably without discomfort. 

If you are suffering from foot discomfort or have concerns about your foot health, do not hesitate to contact one of our podiatrists at Bruening Foot & Ankle to explore the benefits of orthotics for you. Your feet are the foundation of your body and investing in their well-being can lead to a happier, healthier, and more active lifestyle. Your feet will thank you!

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Covina and Alta Loma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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