Foot Health

DO YOU HAVE ACHES & PAINS?

The key to better health for your body could be right under your…feet

Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. They support the weight of everything above them, so a small problem in your feet can change the way you walk leading to joint stress higher up the body, and lead to problems such as:

Foot Pain • Knee Pain • Hip Pain • Back Pain

Feet have a severe impact on the day-to-day function of our body and our quality of life.

Orthotics can rebalance your feet and reduce your pain!

Do you suffer from any of these conditions?

Foot pain is not normal and should not be ignored. When a small problem develops in your feet, the subtle change in your walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and biomechanics.

In most situations choosing better footwear and customised orthotics will help correct your feet, reducing pain and discomfort by enhancing your body’s natural movements.

The foot contains 26 bones, which are divided into 3 sections.

  • The forefoot contains the five toes (phalanges) and the five longer bones (metatarsals).
  • The midfoot is a pyramid-like collection of bones that form the arches of the feet. These include the three cuneiform bones, the cuboid bone, and the navicular bone.
  • The hindfoot forms the heel and ankle. The talus bone supports the leg bones (tibia and fibula), forming the ankle. The calcaneus (heel bone) is the largest bone in the foot.

Muscles, tendons, and ligaments run along the surfaces of the feet, allowing the complex movements needed for motion and balance. The Achilles tendon connects the heel to the calf muscle and is essential for running, jumping, and standing on the toes. which support and balance the weight of the entire body. Walking puts up to 1.5 times one’s body weight on the foot, and humans walk an average of 1,000 miles per year.

In addition to providing relief for painful foot problems or an injury, orthotics may provide benefits for:

  • People who must walk or stand excessively at their workplace
  • People active in sports, as orthotics will often increase endurance, performance and strength
  • Overweight individuals, where orthotics can help to counteract the extra stress on the feet
  • Older adults, who may have developed arthritis in their feet, orthotics are particularly effective in relieving foot fatigue and discomfort
  • Children who have a foot deformity
Achilles
Back Pain
Bunions
Hammer Toes

Achilles Tendinitis • A common condition that causes pain along the back of the leg near the heel.

How do Orthotics Help? It connects your calf muscles to your heel bone and is used when you walk, run, and jump. Controlling biomechanics allows all joints and muscles to function normally, thus eliminating the stress.

Back Pain • Plantar Sciatic Nerve (Lower Back) A pronated heel entraps the sciatic nerve.

How do Orthotics Help? Back pain can be improved by stabilizing the subtalar joint and also improving the posture with a customised orthotic.

Bunions • A bunion is a bony deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe.

How do Orthotics Help? The inner longitudal arch reaches under the 1st metatarsal joint thus changing the way you walk. This in turn will relieve pressure from the big toe joint.

Calluses • Corns and calluses are areas of hard, thickened skin that develop when the skin is exposed to excessive pressure or friction.

How do Orthotics Help? Our patented metatarsal arch maintains equal pressure, therefore reducing the build up of hard skin.

Hammer Toes • A toe that is bent permanently downwards, typically as a result of pressure from footwear.

How do Orthotics Help? Our metatarsal arch balances muscles and tendons suspending further deterioration.

Heel Spur • The heel bone is the largest bone in the foot and absorbs the most amount of shock and pressure.

How do Orthotics Help? Our supporting heel cup “holds” the heel bone in a stable position where the spur cannot be agitated while walking.

Neuroma • Morton’s neuroma is a painful foot condition that affects one of the nerves between the toes.

How do Orthotics Help? The full metatarsal arch maintains the natural curve and prevents the 3rd and 4th metatarsals from entrapping the nerve.

Plantar Fasciitis

How do Orthotics Help? The unique combination of a Heel cup and Metatarsal arch support reduces the overall stretch of the plantar fascia tendon, therefore allowing is mend and reduce inflammation.

Excessive Pronation • The inward movement of the foot as it rolls to distribute the force of impact.

How do Orthotics Help? Our inner Longitudinal arch, metatarsal arch and supporting heel cup, blend to ease foot into neutral position.

Supination • Refers to the outward roll of the foot during normal motion.

How do Orthotics Help? The delicate balance of our outer longitudinal arch and metatarsal arch will correctly stabilize the foot in a neutral position.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need orthotics?

If you have pains in the feet such as tired aching feed, heel pains, bunions, metatarsalgia (pain in the balls of feet), callouses and hammer toes this can be a result of faulty alignment of joints in the foot and altered biomechanics. If the pain is worse or brought on by standing, walking or running then orthotics will help realign joints and reduce symptoms.

Knee Pain

Will orthotics help my knee, hip and back pains?

For many people knee, leg, hip and back pain can be the result of poor foot function – this leads to an imbalance in body posture and misalignment of the joints and muscular system. An orthotic will help to realign structures and reduce stress on the joints, leading to a reduction in symptoms.

Can I run or go to the gym with them in my shoes?

Yes, we have a range of orthotics to suit most lifestyles, these include the sports orthotic that is made to absorb the impact exercise or running has on the feet. As well as the sports orthotic we also do a casual orthotic for everyday wear and dress orthotic. The dress orthotic is a slimmer fit therefore can be worn in dressier slimmer fitting gents and ladies shoes.

How long do they last?

Our customised orthotics come with a three year guarantee. However, we recommend you get your orthotics checked every couple of years. They probably won’t have changed, but it’s likely you will have. Adjustment and alterations are simple and quick to do, so your old orthotics can make you feel like a new you.

Do you do orthotics for children?

Yes we do orthotics for children, although we all know how fast they can grow. Therefore children’s orthotics are half the price of adult orthotics, this is up to the age of 16.

So what do I do next?

Book a personal consultation and foot scan to determine whether orthotics will be of benefit to you. At which stage we can advise on whether one of our generic orthotic would be of benefit to you or whether customised orthotics would be more beneficial for your needs.

Please call or email us for more information if you have any further questions, or to book an appointment at the Orthotic Works on Nunnery Lane, York city centre.