A functional orthotic can relieve your foot, leg, and back pain or improve your performance as a runner or skier.
In simple terms, a functional orthotic is a precisely made balancing device that fits into your footgear and improves foot function by controlling excessive or unnecessary motion while standing, walking or running.
Biomechanics is the study of motion and movement. The importance of biomechanics is easier to understand when we realize that each of us has a very individualized anatomy, based on familial characteristics. We are all different sizes, shapes, strengths, flexibilities, etc. Nowhere in the body are these individual characteristics more evident than in the feet. The relative size and spacing of the bones, the height of the arch, ligament tensions, and so forth vary widely.
Along with this, we must consider the limitless variety of jobs and athletic activities in which we participate with footwear designed for the so-called “normal foot.” Is it any wonder that foot, leg and back pain are so prevalent?
Functional orthotics are fabricated over a model of your foot which captures your individual characteristics: arch height, bone size and pressure points. The materials used in making the orthotic inserts will vary depending on the need. Some are quite rigid, others flexible, while others may be a combination of materials. Each is specifically designed to control excessive or abnormal motions and thus relieve the associated pain, and help restore good foot function.