The cause of a wide variety of foot, ankle, and knee injuries can be attributed to sub-optimal function of the lower limb, particularly during impact with the ground. Custom foot orthotics are effective in that they can reduce muscle activity, decrease joint loading, and increase cushioning during the loading phase. This allows them to make a positive impact on pain and injury, particularly when engineered to match the architecture of a patient’s feet with his or her specific needs in mind.
In many cases, a multi-modal approach is most effective in not only treating the problem, but also in preventing recurrent injury or further damage as a patient maintains an active lifestyle. This comprehensive approach can comprise a combination of manual therapy and targeted strengthening, in addition to utilizing custom foot orthotics.
Custom foot orthotics are often covered at least in part by a patient’s insurance plan.