Getting back on your feet - with custom orthotics
Why orthotics? To answer that question, let’s take a walk outside.
I recently took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather by taking a nature walk with my children. As we headed down the path into the woods, we walked over tree roots, large rocks, tree trunks and whatever else presented itself along the trail. All the while, our feet molded and rotated around the shapes of these various objects.
Our feet adjust and mold to the surface under them as a way to absorb impact and transmit that force up the leg. When our feet are in the correct position, other parts of our body – Gettknees, hips and lower back - play their part in handling the physical impact of walking or running.
However, if the foot or ankle are not aligned properly, the forces generated by walking or running can result in pain in the foot, knee, hips and lower back. This may also result in bunions, arch pain, ankle pain and tingling or numbness of the foot and ankle.
One possible solution to this misalignment is orthotic devices. Orthotics are custom molded devices used to fill in gaps ensuring your foot and ankle are properly positioned and aligned to disperse force throughout the legs and major joints. The right orthotic device can eliminate pain.
While there are general orthotics available at your local drug store, they may not be sufficient to meet your needs. Instead, you can receive a complete one-on-one evaluation and recommendation from a specially trained Physical Therapist. Unique to other providers of orthotics, physical therapists have extensive training in the proper alignment of the foot and ankle and how it relates to the rest of the body. By properly aligning your foot and ankle, a physical therapist can create a custom orthotic device that best meets your needs.
Orthotics evaluations are available through the Physical Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Department at Adirondack Health. One of our skilled physical therapists can determine the cause of your pain, whether orthotics are necessary, and which device is best and most cost effective for your individual needs.
Whether it’s hiking, walking, running or skipping – we can get you back to the activities you enjoy, free of pain.
Please contact as at any of our three sites.
Lake Placid: 523-8580
Saranac Lake: 897-2697
Tupper Lake: 359-2479
Laura Holmes holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy and works in the Physical Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Department at Adirondack Health. She’s a mother of three young children, and an active runner and outdoor enthusiast.