If you’re suffering from foot pain, orthotic inserts can help. A lot of people assume that these insoles are only going to offer moderate padding and don’t really target actual foot conditions.
You’re completely wrong.
Inserts can help tackle some of the most common foot conditions.
You need to know which insoles to buy.
But the right insoles will be able to help, and in many circumstances, correct the foot-related conditions that you’re suffering with on a daily basis.
Conditions That Orthotic Inserts Can Alleviate
1. Plantar Fasciitis
Heel pain that doesn’t seem to go away. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue in your foot, that runs from the heel to the toes, called the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. The pain may be mild at first, but for a lot of people, that pain will become stabbing.
If you’re a runner, the risk of plantar fasciitis is even more common.
People that have mild forms of this condition will notice that their heel hurts the most during their first few steps in the morning. Long periods of sitting or standing may also lead to more inflammation and pain in the heel.
The right insoles will be able to help with shock absorption in the heel and will support the foot’s arch.
Tension and stress on the fascia will be reduced.
2. Flat Feet
Do you have flat feet? A lot of people do, and the reason is that the foot’s arch has become flattened. Some people never develop the proper foot arch that is supposed to develop naturally.
Normally, in a person’s teens, they will stop developing their foot arch, and if not developed properly, the condition will cause them pain in the future.
Others will lose their foot’s arch over time, causing increased pain. As the arch flattens, it will become a chronic condition that will last for the person’s lifetime. You can find insoles that will be able to help alleviate the pain through:
- Arch support
- Structural support
- Stretching the foot’s arch
A person can normally diagnose the condition on their own. Millions of people are diagnosed annually with flat feet, so there are ample inserts on the market that aim to tackle flat feet. It’s a huge, lucrative market.
If insoles do not correct your flat feet, you can contact a doctor who will provide additional advice on how to fix your flat feet. The doctor will often recommend insoles or custom orthotics which will target the foot’s arch.
In the most severe of cases, flat feet can cause severe pain and even disability.
3. Achilles Tendonitis
Achilles tendonitis is a common condition that is also tendon-related. This condition occurs in the tendon, known as the Achilles, that runs down the back of your lower leg. The tendon will become inflamed and irritated.
Swelling, pain and irritation will exist.
When the body responds to an injury or disease, it will cause pain and swelling. There are two main types of this condition:
One involves the middle of the tendon, while the other deals with the lower portion of the tendon. Repetitive stress to the tendon is the cause of the condition, and this may be due to:
- Increased use
For example, if you started running recently, this could have put stress on the tendon, causing pain. The right insoles will provide support for the foot, relieve common stress on the tendon and provide relief over time. You should also try to avoid high-impact activities that put excess stress on the tendon.
Low-impact exercises are ideal.
4. Foot Rolling or Overpronation
Do your feet roll? Sometimes a person’s foot will roll outward or inward, and this is a pronation issue. Overpronation is very common, and it’s often caused by weak ankle muscles or flat feet. When a person walks, their foot may roll, which can lead to strain on tendons or even damaged tendons.
The arches of the foot will roll inward or outward, and this is often a result of flat feet.
The body’s natural alignment is disrupted due to overpronation, and the impact when the foot hits the ground is increased. Pronation often occurs when the person is standing, and a look at their ankle will be able to help you identify pronation issues.
If the ankle is inward or outward, it’s a pronation issue.
Overuse injuries are very common with foot rolling, and this condition can cause:
- Back pain
- Stress fractures
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Shin splints
A variety of conditions can be caused by overpronation. Insoles will be able to help stop overpronation, keeping the foot and body in natural alignment. The result is a foot that is no longer in pain and allows a person to stand with their feet properly aligned.
What Happens If Insoles Do Not Help Me?
Insoles are a great solution to the foot pain people suffer from, but they’re not a miracle cure for every foot condition. You’ll have to see if insoles help you or not. The trick is to give your insoles a good try.
A lot of people try them for a few hours and just assume that they do not work.
You need to give these insoles much more than just a few hours to see if they work. Your foot condition developed over time, and it’s not something that will be fixed automatically. People with plantar fasciitis state that they can find relief in a few days of normal wear.
If you’re lucky, you may be able to find relief in just a few days.
The key is to try the insoles for a week or two before deciding that they’re not helping you. And you’ll need to do this with your shoes on. If you stand and walk around barefoot the majority of the day, insoles will not help you.
When in doubt, if inserts are not providing you with pain relief, you’ll want to consult with your doctor. The doctor will be able to better diagnose the condition that is causing your foot pain. Oftentimes, a custom orthotic will offer relief when an over-the-counter insole doesn’t help.