When it comes to foot pain our podiatrists often see conditions that require custom made orthotic insoles to treat. Foot orthotics are an external device which often take the form of custom made insoles placed inside footwear. The use of orthotics can help treat injuries and conditions associated with the foot, knee, hip and spine.
Three of the most common conditions that require orthotic therapy are plantar fasciitis, heel pain and shin splints.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of foot pain, particularly impacting the heel. Connecting your heel bone to the toes, the plantar fascia is a ligament that if strained can easily become weak, swollen or inflamed.
The heel is comprised of fatty tissue that consistently take the pressure of our body weight and movements. A number of causes can lead to heel pain, including running and jumping on hard surfaces, foot injury and certain disorders.
Shin splint is the term for acute pain that localises commonly in the shinbone, the knee or the ankle. Often caused by running on hard surfaces, shin splints are common with people that do plenty of running or even in individuals that are prone to the injury.
Each condition is commonly treated by our professionals at Northern Spinal & Sports Injury Clinic and are typically found in people engaging in regular sports. In each case, and with plenty of other injuries and disorders, a podiatrist will prescribe orthotics to alleviate symptoms and reduce pain.
For more information on how podiatry and the use of orthotics can help you, or to book an appointment contact Northern Spinal and Sports Injury Clinic on (03) 9470 1010.