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Almost everyone has some issue with biomechanics: a slight muscle imbalance, long-term weakness of a muscle group due to bad exercise habits, bad footwear: sometimes it can even be hereditary. Most imbalances can be addressed by the use of orthotics, often in conjunction with specially selected exercises. They may look like regular insoles, but they're carefully designed prescription devices needed to get your body back into alignment.
What makes us unique is that we arrive fully-formed; we unpack and unfold, rather than get assembled as we go along. This means that our bodies are especially resilient; unfortunately it also means that if one part goes awry, the connected parts often follow. As podiatrists, our challenge is to figure out what went askew, and help build you back up.
There's a world of difference between an over-the-counter 'orthotic' brought online and a podiatrist's recommendation. An orthotic is a prescription device that can correct the foot' function along one or more axes at the same time, to compensate for one or more positional problems affecting the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints of the lower limbs.
Added to this, your feet may require weight and pressure redistribution as well as structural realignment. You may have diabetes or be recovering from an injury, and this will need to be factored in. Ordinary insoles will simply prolong, if not worsen your problems.
This is where professional orthoses come into play. The shape, design and even choice of composites varies immensely depending on the requirements at hand, and even the specialist ones we carry will need to be adjusted for your particular needs. Make sure you follow your Podiatrist's instructions on usage, and give them a wipe with a damp cloth now and then to keep them cleaner for longer.