Have you ever experienced sore feet? As you age your feet will often change. Changes in the shape of your feet, the support of your ligaments, and complications from previous injuries can all cause strain and pain. This is why a custom orthotic is a good idea to provide extra support and relief for your feet. Contact BeActive Physiotherapy today to learn more about how we can help relieve your foot pain.
What are the Causes of Foot Pain?
Problems with your feet can be caused by several conditions directly related to the feet. General ailments and diseases that affect the body as a whole can also lead to foot pain. The following are several examples of conditions or diseases that can be the cause of foot pain. These conditions can all be treated with physiotherapy.
- Plantar Fasciitis. This is a painful condition along the sole of the foot; and in particular, the area that connects the heel bone to the toes. This is due to thick tissues along the bottom of the feet becoming tightened or inflamed. Pain can occur in the heel or the arch of the foot. It can be caused by obesity, age, and standing for long periods of time on your feet.
- Heel Spurs. This is a bony protrusion on the heel that is usually made of some sort of calcium build-up. While the actual spurs are not painful they can poke the tissues in the heel and potentially cause severe pain. Many of the same risk factors that cause plantar fasciitis can also cause heel spurs.
- Diabetes. Diabetes can lead to foot problems because of restricted blood flow and nerve damage. When nerves are damaged through diabetes this is referred to as neuropathy. When the muscles in the foot no longer function together properly this can cause unequal pressure on the foot. Unequal pressure can result in sores, infections, and even amputation in extreme cases. Proper footwear can help prevent foot problems related to diabetes.
- Arthritis. Arthritis is a debilitating joint disease that can affect the joints throughout the foot. Stiffness and swelling in the joints can eventually lead to permanent damage. This can affect the way you stand or walk.
- Metatarsalgia. This is a painful disorder that affects the joints and bones along the ball of the foot. This condition is often caused by ill-fitting footwear or restrictive footwear. Orthotics are usually recommended to help reduce pain caused by metatarsalgia.
Other potentially treatable conditions include patellofemoral knee pain, shin splints, achilles tendonitis, and bunions, as well as numerous systemic pathologies that (like diabetes) affect the function of the lower limbs. Physiotherapy services can provide treatment to relieve pain and improve whatever condition you’re suffering from.
What are EVA Orthotics?
At BeActive Physiotherapy, we use the complete line of functional EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) orthotics. EVA orthotics is a dynamic, responsive material that promotes the natural motions of the foot and ankle during gait. The kinetic orthotics are precision crafted in Toronto, Ontario using state-of-the-art German Engineered CAD/CAM technology to provide limitless options for correcting biomechanical alignment.
- Full Foot, Full Contact: Unlike hard shell orthotics, EVA orthotics allow for corrective components throughout the ENTIRE gait cycle, not just heel strike and mid-stance; ideal for treating patients with forefoot problems.
- Functional, Shock Attenuating Material: EVA is a closed cell material that when compressed, will spring back to its original shape. This property allows for maximal shock absorption, as well as energy returning properties which promote biomechanical correction with each step.
- Leading Material used in Running Shoes and Orthopedic Footwear: Shoe giants like New Balance, Asics, and Saucony have spent millions on R&D of the most effective EVA materials for their footwear. EVA orthotics work better with the shoe and its intended benefits vs plastics which often negate these properties.
- Lightweight and Comfortable Orthotic: Incredibly light, durable and shock absorbing material. The natural shock absorbing properties of EVA make it an easy choice for patients with foot pain, or those looking for relief from hard, man-made surfaces. Ideal for active patients or those who spend long working hours on their feet.
Benefits of Orthotics For The Lower Body
- Absorb Shock: You’ll find that lots of footwear on the market doesn’t have proper padding and support. A well-fitted orthotic can absorb shock from the pressure points on your feet, and add a layer of comfort to otherwise ill-fitting shoes. For individuals with diabetes or hypertension, orthotics can help alleviate the pressure.
- Align the Body: For individuals with limb length discrepancies, orthotics can realign the body for ideal symmetry. This will help disperse weight to the joints of the body properly to reduce injury over time. Similarly, ankle and knee braces can stabilize these areas so that they function as they’re supposed to.
- Reduce Knee Pain: Foot orthotics are used to treat people with flat arches who might experience knee pain due to the added stress on the joints. An orthotic with a built-in arch can alleviate stress on the feet, shins, and knees altogether. Similarly, knee orthoses can help reduce pressure on the knee caused by arthritis and osteoporosis.
- Enhance Athletic Performance: No matter which sport you play, proper body alignment and arch support from orthotics will reduce risk for injury and help you perform at your best.
How Can Physiotherapy Services Help?
Physiotherapists are specifically trained in musculoskeletal movement. They have extensive knowledge of gait analysis and biomechanics of the lower extremities. They can provide you with orthotics that uniquely fit the contours of your feet, giving you the maximum amount of function, support, and comfort.
Our trained Oakville, ON physiotherapist can give you a comprehensive orthotic evaluation. He or she will provide a custom fitting to determine what will work best for your feet. Our physiotherapist will take into consideration your current medical conditions and activity level when providing the best custom orthotics. After your evaluation and fitting, it will likely take a few weeks for your custom orthotics to come back from the lab.
After you have received your orthotics it will likely be necessary to provide an ongoing assessment of how your orthotics are working. Fine-tuning may be needed to provide the best results possible. Contact BeActive Physiotherapy today at Oakville, ON Center to learn how our customized orthotics can benefit you. We will have you feeling your absolute best and light on your feet!