Custom Orthotics at Progressive Physical Therapy
Progressive Physical Therapy is pleased to offer custom orthotics at each of our 4 locations. The therapists who complete the orthotic evaluation and custom fitting have all been formally trained and certified to do so. Physical Therapists are the experts in musculoskeletal dysfunction and movement and therefore are the optimal licensed professional to see for orthotics. Therapists look at the entire individual when completing our comprehensive evaluation. We consider an individuals activity level, current complaints, and goals are to ensure a proper fit. Ongoing assessment of an individuals alignment and form is critical in fine tuning orthotics during weightbearing and functional activities.
Orthotics help improve proper foot alignment and support which is an important part of preventing injuries that have not occurred and also a component of treating those injuries that have. Common injuries where orthotics help decrease symptoms include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Posterior Tibialis Tendonitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Neuromas in the Foot
- Hammer Toes
- Over Pronation
- Patellofemoral Syndrome
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- Hip Bursitis
- Back Pain
- General Joint Pain
- Ankle Sprains
All the stress our body absorbs begins at the heel/foot from the second we place it on the ground. Our collection of orthotic insoles is made to conform to the shape of your foot for customized support. After the therapist does an evaluation and gait analysis, they recommend the appropriate orthotic for your individual condition and foot. Our orthotics are biomechanically designed with supportive flexible materials that will mold to your feet.
Click the questions below for the answers.
Can foot imbalances cause leg, hip and back pain - and can orthotics help?
Yes. Poor alignment in the feet places stress on the entire body and reduces shock absorption. By improving foot function, orthotics relieve stress in the ankles, legs, knees, hips and back.
Does being overweight or carrying excess pounds cause or aggravate foot problems?
Definitely. Additional stress to feet magnifies existing imbalances and can cause harm to joints in the feet, the lower extremities and the back.
Do orthotics help individuals with high arches?
Absolutely. If you have a foot with a high arch (known as pes cavus), a functional orthotic will provide a greater contact area for your foot and spread the weight-bearing surfaced more evenly. This can help heal calluses in the foot and improves control and lateral stability.
Do orthotics have any effect on my posture?
Yes. Imblances in your feet can distort the skeletal architecture of your entire body. Making changes at the foot can translate all the way up to the spinal level and provide relief.
How can orthotics improve sports performance?
Athletics make demands on the feet not encountered in normal daily activity. Slight imbalances in the foot not dangerous or detectable under everyday circumstances may render you vulnerable to injury with the extra stress of sports activity. By eliminating the need for your muscles to compensate for these "hidden" imbalances, orthotics reduce fatigue and promote the kind of efficient “muscle memory” that's crucial to outstanding performance. By aiding your control of foot movement, custom-fitted orthotics also maximize the bio-mechanical function not only of your feet but of your legs and torso, as well. The difference is often noticed almost immediately, giving you the kind of agility, balance, and sure-footed response you never knew were in you.