The importance of foot posture is often overlooked in regards to full body function, yet postural abnormalities are significant factors in neuromusculoskeletal health and physical performance.
Effect of over pronation
on body posture 5.4 kg. 14.5 kg. 19 kg.
There is no lack of off-the-shelf shoe inserts, cushions and arch supports available on the market. Quality ranges from thin & unsupportive to products that offer ample cushion and comfort. If foot posture correction is not the intended goal, then many of these products can indeed cushion a hard soled shoe.
However, foot health and ergonomics do hold high priority for the many caregivers and functional performance specialist who have set more significant goals with their clientele. To reduce the risks of foot problems or body posture problems as seen above, one must consider corrective foot posture intervention.
Depending on your speciality, your toolbox may already include many worthy treatments and therapies to achieve these foot health goals. Stretching, strengthening, manual therapist, taping and others all have been researched and proven as. Custom foot orthotics are another of those valuable tools.
Age-related changes, trauma, repetitive stress and disease are all conditions that may hinder full progress in achieving foot posture correction and reducing foot pain. A well-made custom foot orthotic is the conservative tool that these patients and clients need to help them meet their foot rehabilitation goals.