Working on your feet for long hours can cause tired, achy feet. The feet can benefit from an arch support to reduce the stress which the foot must absorb in a day.
Over-the-counter orthotic cannot normally correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription foot orthoses can because they are not custom made to fit an individual's unique foot structure.
The result can strain the ligaments in the foot lead to mechanical deformities such as bunions, hammer toes, pinched nerves or result in aches and pains in the knees or back.
Dependending on an individual’s activity level, a more rigid arch support capable of supporting body weight and accommodating the structural imbalance is necessary.
These rigid devices allow for pronation or flattening out of the foot, required to absorb the shock of walking, yet prevent abnormal extremes of motion associated with foot weakness and over use injury.
Orthotics will be designed using a biomechanical pressure plate.
An orthotic must fit snugly into a shoe and not move around.
Open heeled shoes do not accommodate orthotics well which can cause the orthotic to slide out the back of the shoe.
Dress shoes for women and some styles for men are snug fitting slip-ons, leaving little room for addition of an orthotic.
Orthotic design can be varied to fit the narrower slip on style shoe.
For some people, two pair of orthotics is more practical, providing the greatest variety
of shoe wear for different shoe types and activities.
Even when used properly, the materials of an orthotic can wear out. If the plastic plate has not deformed, the device can be reprocessed by replacing worn out materials and heel post stabilizers.