Who needs orthotics?

Just about anyone who feels they need some type of additional support for walking or running is a good candidate for orthotics. Orthotics are especially good for people who want to relieve or prevent common foot problems that are known to cause pain, swelling, and discomfort.

Even those without pain can often benefit from orthotics, however. Here is a look at common symptoms that indicate a need for orthotics due to misalignment of the feet:

  • Bunions
  • Abnormal shoe wear (for example, if one side of your shoe wears down quicker than the other)
  • Chronic heel, knee, or lower back pain
  • Flat feet
  • Shin splints
  • Frequent ankle sprains
  • Gait abnormalities (when your feet point inward or outward when walking)

If you feel discomfort when you walk, you should seek help from a foot specialist. They may be able to help you decide which orthotics device would be best for you. Remember, the longer you leave a problem untreated, the more likely the condition will worsen.