How do orthotics work for correcting foot conditions?
How Your Body Gets Out of Alignment
A helpful frame for thinking about orthotics is driving in your car to a specific destination along a predefined route. You’ll be following a GPS, and then suddenly you miss your turnoff. The blue line goes one way but the dot that’s you goes a different way and your GPS thinks for a second, then it recalibrates a different way of getting to the same destination.
Your body does exactly the same thing – if there’s anything blocking movement in your foot or your knee or your hip or something like that, your body will find a different way of allowing you to keep walking, or running, or whatever movement you need to do.
Where Custom Orthotics Come In
Oftentimes, what we need to do is take away this thing that’s impeding your motion so you can get back to walking as normal and get symmetry back and get economy of motion back.
But in order to do that, we have to use orthotics to change the way your foot and the ground interact. It’s quite simple when you boil it down to that.
The other thing that orthotics do is decrease the amount of loading on your tissue so they don’t have as much to recover from. This makes it less likely that you’ll develop an overuse injury, like a stress reaction, shin splints, a stress fracture or any other sort of mechanical problem that comes from long term, low grade loading of the tissue. A little bit of what we might call too much too soon.