Last week we talked about toe cramps and went over exercises that help prevent muscle cramping. Along with underlying medical conditions, shoe types and absence of proper support can also cause your feet to cramp. If you are having difficulty moving normally, an orthotic may be recommended to help align your feet and body.
An orthotic is a device that is applied to your body to help you move and function better; although shoe orthotics are most common, there are also several different types: ankle foot orthosis, cervical brace, knee ankle foot orthosis, or lumbosacral orthosis.
Orthotics in your shoes help gently lift your foot’s arch, placing your foot and lower leg in an optimal and comfortable position. Correction with orthotics can help with a variety of problems in your lower extremities, but it can also be used as a preventative measure.
The decision to use orthotics is based on the assessment of range of motion, foot alignment, voluntary control of movement, muscle tone and functional level of the foot.
Although there are off the shelf devices and insoles found in drugstores or grocery stores, custom orthotics are designed to consider individual needs. A combination of materials and support features are considered to manufacture an orthotic that fits for you.
➡️For more information regarding custom shoe orthotics, contact our clinic at 905-771-8882 or email us your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org