Since feet are the major weight-bearing part of the body, foot pain is common. The foot contains 26 bones, up to 2 sesamoid bones, and many small structures 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.
Foot pain is not normal and should not be ignored; problems can affect the functioning of other parts of the body, including the hips, knees, and back. These are foot-related problems that may be related to biomechanical issues.
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