Medical professionals have long debated whether custom orthotics are beneficial.  A recent study was performed comparing custom orthotics to off-the-shelf shoe inserts that cushion the foot and prevent injury.  The study determined that custom orthotics molded to fit a person’s unique foot can play a role in injury prevention. 

The study published in the British Journal of Medicine, determined that there is little evidence in the benefits of shock absorbing insoles commonly sold in stores, but custom orthotics are indeed proven to help with shin pain and stress fractures.  Data in the study indicates custom orthotics decrease injury by 28 percent and stress fractures by 41 percent. 

When a person’s foot is in proper alignment or position, the medial arch, or the curve along the inner border of the foot acts as a shock absorber, which dissipates force.  When an individual’s foot is misaligned, the medial arch is limited in the amount of force it can handle.  This can lead to the breakdown of multiple joints throughout the body, including ankles, knees, hips, and low back. 

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As the weather begins to improve and activity levels begin to increase, now is the right time for custom orthotics.    Having custom orthotics molded by a podiatrist, physical therapist, or orthotist, are a worthy health investment.  Off-the-shelf orthotics and shock absorbing insoles are made from foam, and do not have the supportive and corrective properties of a custom orthotic. 

To find out more about custom orthotics, or to ask question and discuss the option prior to purchasing, call the local experts at Cornerstone Physical Therapy Health and Wellness Center, conveniently located at 77 Brant Avenue, Suite 101, in Clark, NJ. 

Cornerstone is open 6 days per week and accepts all insurances.  They even offer a Free Screen which provides a one-on-one, 40 minute appointment with a physical therapist.  During this time the therapist will work to identify the cause of pain and discuss whether physical therapy and custom orthotics is right for the individual.  Please call at (732) 499-4540 and mention Free Screen to get to the source of the pain or if preventing pain and injury, are at the top of the spring to-do list.  

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