Orthotics are customised shoe inserts that are designed to bring about positive change in the way your foot functions and feels.
Orthotics are used for a number of different reasons. It can be as simple as a basic arch support that ‘rests’ your foot while you stand – the type you see at shoe shops and pharmacies – or they might be a complex prescriptive insole that is specifically designed to alter forces acting on the body, and improve the muscle and joint activity of the person wearing them.
Because of this wide range, orthotics can be worn by anyone from children with developmental concerns, like intoeing for example, to elderly people who might have pain secondary to arthritis in one or more of their foot joints. The more complex prescriptive orthotics are usually used for athletes, and active people who develop some sort of pain or discomfort due to the fact that they are on their feet for long periods of time.
Theoretically speaking, everyone could benefit from wearing orthotics because very few people in the world are lucky enough to combine perfect biomechanics, a non-existent injury history and great strength in the feet and ankles
Orthotics can help everyone, particularly elite runners or athletes who may possess many of the things above, but are also looking to gain the extra 1%.
If however any of the following apply to you, the need for Orthotics may be amplified