Orthotics (also known as orthotic insoles, shoe inserts, or orthoses) are devices placed inside the shoes with the purpose of restoring our natural foot function. This is necessary when the natural biomechanical balance of our lower body has been disrupted by over-pronation.
There's a significant difference between regular insoles and orthotics. Regular insoles are purely designed to provide a cushioning effect and shock absorption. They may feel comfortable at first, but they are not designed to everyone’s individual foot pattern. Not all feet are created equal!
Orthotic insoles are designed to correct and optimize our individual foot pattern. By providing the correct support for your individual arch, the foot is properly aligned relieving stress on the back, knees, ankles, and other lower body parts.
A common symptom is pain in your lower body. Many common complaints such as heel pain, knee pain and lower back pain are caused by poor foot support. The most common form of bad foot biomechanics is over-pronation, which is the dropping of the arches and rolling inwards of the feet and ankles. Orthotic insoles correct over-pronation and realign the foot and ankle bones to their neutral position, restoring natural foot function. In turn, this will help alleviate problems not only in the feet, but also in other parts of the body, such as the knees, hips, and lower back.