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Foot Orthotics - Helpful Devices for a Range of Conditions

Being handicapped is no longer an inadequacy thanks to the availability of advanced orthotics and foot support. Orthotics is type of orthopedic devices that are made from the lightweight material. These can be very simple as well as complex depending upon their utility. The range of orthotics is quite vast and includes simple shoe inserts that are available in your over the counter shop to specially customized ones. The customized devices require lot of expertise and their efficiency is much more than the regularly available devices. Although the mass-produced orthotics costs less, they may not be always correct and fit the user perfectly. This can be more harmful to the user. The main intention of orthotics is to give support to the foot or correct the foot conditions such as bunions, Achilles tendonitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis and others. *

Does Orthotics Really Help?

 It is not necessary that you should suffer from any type of handicap or physical inadequacy to take help of orthotics. They can also be used for protecting your limbs and increasing their efficiency. Orthotics help in carrying out functions easily. They help in restoring your ability to jump, run, walk and reduce the pain as well as swelling thereby increasing the stability if the joints are unstable. They help to ease the problems located in other body parts such as hips and back. Many people get confused with orthotics and prosthetics. Orthotics are majorly used to support and contribute in protection of limbs and other organs whereas the latter is used to complete the inadequacy caused due to loss  or absence of limb or any other part of the body. * Read More...


Know the way out.

Plantar fasciitis is a common orthopedic condition related to the foot and is often ignored by many.  Also known as 'heelpain' it is an ailment excluded only to the bottom surface of the foot,or the sole. It is a persistent injury that affects runners, walkers, hikers, overweight persons, when one wears worn out shoes, persons with tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles, over weight persons and anyone who stands for long hours.

This infamously stubborn condition is found to be quite common amongst individuals in their middle age. It is often confused to be the same as flat feet and heel spurs which is not the case, though they are related. Approximately two million patients are affected by this disease every year, many of whom have no idea that they are suffering from it let alone have information on this nightmare. This is quite unfortunate since in dire cases the condition may become incurable.

However, not all types of foot pain should be assumed to be plantar fasciitis; if the foot pain occurs at night, it might be as a result of arthritis, or even tarsal tunnel syndrome, which is a nerve problem. It is therefore important to note that any foot pain should be taken seriously and diagnosed by a medical practitioner. One has no reason to worry as 90% of plantar fasciitis patients recover in just a few months of conservative treatments. Read More...

Orthotics to treat sports injuries

Sports injuries are very common. The bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves may suffer from musculoskeletal trauma while playing sports. Sports injuries can be treated using surgical or non-surgical means. One of the most common used non-surgical means of treating sports injuries is orthotics which are commonly referred to as arch supports.


So what exactly are orthotics? 

Foot orthotics can help aches and pains in other parts of the body

Our feet are under a lot of pressure all the time, since they bear our weight whenever we are standing, walking or running. The design of our feet is such that it is meant to bear our body weight. Still there are times when you feel severe foot pain. Foot pain should never be ignored as problems in your foot have an adverse effect on the smooth functioning of certain parts of your body. If your foot isn’t able to bear the weight of your body, it puts pressure on the knee, back and hip.

It is important to address foot problems immediately, as it can leave you immobile and also put strain on other parts of your body. Rather than treating the condition at home, it is best to seek medical attention from a certified podiatrist. If the problem is severe it calls for surgery; however, in most cases physiotherapy works. Another way of treating problems related to your feet is the use of foot Orthotics.


Plantar fasciitis, why does it happen and how to treat it?

How does plantar fasciitis feel?


We have been – sadly – accustomed to take pretty much all our body parts for granted. Usually, the only way that we notice some of them and the fact that we are mistreating them in some way, is when they start to hurt or make us feel some sort of discomfort. One of our body parts that do a lot of work day after day, but about which we seem to forget over and over, is our feet.

Basically, they support our body weight, our steps and jumps, and the weight of all we carry. That, not to mention the extra effort of working in uncomfortable situations, like ladies using high heels. Read More...

Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of foot pain

Foot pain and bone structure

Our feet certainly have a very important function, because they support the rest of the body and allow us to stand, walk, jump and run. They are quite small for their purpose if you think about it, because each one of them supports half our body weight - sometimes the whole! So how do they manage to do their job without crushing or bending?

The secret is their inner structure. Feet are sustained by a bone structure in the shape of an arch. Just as bridges and vaults, they can support a massive stress because the shape of an arch distributes the weight across and down to the ground. Without this arch structure, our feet would cede and break. Both feet should ideally have a well-proportionate arch shape: not too high, not too flat.  Read More...

Orthotic Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a disturbing condition, which is mainly caused by a strain on the plantar fascia. This is the part of your foot that connects the toes to the heel. The plantar fascia is a ligament, which can eventually break if subjected to intensive straining. The breakage then brings about pain on the foot as well as swelling. It is very important that the plantar fascia is handled with care, as it is the foot’s shock absorber.

Major causes of Plantar Fasciitis

This condition is quite common among people in their middle age. People who undertake activities that highly involve their feet are likely to suffer from the disease at an early age. It is also more common among women than men. Other people who are at a greater risk of having this problem are those that are overweight. Our feet can only take a certain amount of pressure. It is important to relax whenever you feel like your feet are too tired. Putting on worn out and tight shoes can also lead to plantar fasciitis.  Read More...


The ankle and the foot sole takes a good beating whenever we walk, run or jog long distances. If you suffer from sore feet for any such reason, feel free to contact us!

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