Living and working in New York City, many people develop foot pain and conditions of the foot resulting from overuse. Orthotics are shoe inserts that can be customized to your feet and provide a great way to alleviate and manage this common problem.
Orthotics are designed to provide support and position the foot in a proper alignment. When the foot is not in proper alignment it can influence the efficiency of the entire body and be the cause of pain in many areas beyond the foot. Constant improper pounding at the foot can lead to compensations and pain at the knees, hips, and back. Some of the conditions an orthotic can help include plantar fasciitis, peroneal/posterior tibialis tendonitis, neuromas, bunions, patellafemoral pain, ITB syndrome, knee tendonitis, hip pain, and back pain.
A physical therapist will make a thorough assessment of an individual's foot, perform a gait analysis and a general body scan to evaluate alignment and posture to determine if an orthotic is appropriate. Other considerations are the types of activity in which the patient participates, pain level, and goals
Our feet take much of the stress that comes with walking and other physical activity. It is important to take care of our feet to prevent and manage pain. At Cynergy PT we can provide an evaluation and create a customized orthotic if it is determined to be necessary for you.