Posted on : 27-09-2010 | By : LyncoOrthotics | In : foot pain
As I was looking around the internet for something to write about I decided to go to the main Aetrex website to do a little reading about the company. Lynco orthotics is a subdivision of Aetrex in case you are unfamiliar with the company. They have a quote by Socrates on their website and it reads as follows: “When our feet hurt, we hurt all over.” Pretty profound. I must say, I completely agree. The last time my feet hurt I couldn’t think about anything else except that fact that my feet were killing me which made me feel horrible in general. Each step I took would make me feel slightly worse until I could barely stand on my sore feet. It was miserable! These experiences have really shown me how important it is to take care of my feet as you should yours.
Foot pain radiates through the entire body affecting other areas of your body and can also alter your personality and state of mind. You are less likely to engage in any activities you normally would because you know how bad the pain feels or will feel. Foot pain can also physically harm other parts of your body because you may walk differently or favor one side more than the other. This could lead to other parts of the body becoming sore or hurt such as your legs or back. Essentially, the foot pain can lead to other pains in the body that are unnecessary.
It is unfortunate, but true. This is why it is important to treat your symptoms and prevent your feet from going through the same pain and torture. There are a variety of products out there such as orthotics that can help prevent foot pain from occurring.
A lot of times, othotics are used to treat conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis, if you are unfamiliar with the term, is a condition that affects the arches of the feet. To put it simply, the plantar fascia muscle that runs along the bottom of the foot becomes torn and inflames. This can be very painful and uncomfortable to deal with. The tears can occur from walking on hard surfaces, excessive weight gain, pregnancy, having low or high arches or can even occur after having your feet injured. These are not the only causes of this condition as there is no one cause for the development of Plantar Fasciitis. Orthotics can help heal and correct problems associated with Plantar Fasciitis.
Orthotics, by there very construction, are designed to support weak arches. The support that orthotics offer will prevent the plantar fascia from tearing and becoming inflamed, which then leads to no arch foot pain. Great right? Right! Say goodbye to arch foot pain once your feet get a hold of a good pair of orthotics. Is important to keep in mind though that your feet will need time to adjust to the orthotics. They can be uncomfortable in the beginning, kind of like wearing a new pair of shoes the first couple of times. Once your feet get used to the new supports, it is smooth sailing from then on out!
Orthotics can sometimes sound like an intimidating name, especially when your doctor recommends them for foot pain. You may be thinking to yourself, what are orthotics? Are these going to make my feet hurt more? Are orthotics expensive? Will they actually help me? All of these are valid questions that you may have about orthotics and we can help you answer some of them here for you.
What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are devices used within your shoes to help alleviate pain and correct various foot problems.
Will Orthotics make my feet hurt?
When you first start to wear them, yes. Just like wearing a new pair of shoes, your feet will need to adjust. Since orthotics typically have built in arch supports and other foot correcting devices, your feet may become sore after the first few times the insoles are worn. However, the pain will subside and your feet will feel better than ever!
Are Orthotics expensive
Depending on the brand and whether or not your have them custom made can make the price jump up or down. Over the counter orthotics are much cheaper than custom orthotics. Lynco Orthotics start at about $40 per pair. Orthotics typically last about 6 months to a year, sometimes longer depending on how much wear and tear they go through. They are definitely not a bad investment.
Will Orthotics help me?
If they have been prescribed to you by a doctor then most definitely yes. If you are trying them out on your own, there are certain conditions or pain areas that can benefit from orthotics such as arch foot pain or heel pain. If you are not experiencing this type of foot pain, then a traditional insole would be better suited for your feet. However, do remember that you should give you feet ample time to adjust to the new support system before making any final rulings as to whether or not the insoles are working for you.
There are virtually hundreds of insoles to choose from online so it can be difficult sometimes to figure out which ones are going to be the right ones for you. Fortunately, we are here to help. If the online retailer you are shopping offers Lynco Orthotics then you have a few categories to explore before you can make your final decision on what to purchase.
Lynco Orthotics offers the following Series of insoles:
Lynco L505 Dress Orthotic has a neutral heel and a metatarsal pad. In layman’s term, it means that it is not a posted heel used to correct foot alignment but it does offer cushioning and support for the balls of your feet (metatarsal pad). This insole is designed for tighter fitting dress shoes, so it’s perfect for work or a night on the town. Give this insole a try if you are looking for a 3/4 length insole for your uncomfortable dress shoes.
Definition of Over-Pronation: also known as flat feet, over-pronation happens when a person’s arches of their feet collapse each time they walk. This can lead to conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, where small tears in the plantar fascia muscle occur, causing chronic pain and discomfort. The longer you allow your aches to collapse, the more the plantar fascia will become inflamed and cause pain, possibly leading to other foot related problems. In other words, over-pronation is not a good thing.
Causes of Over-Pronation (Flat Feet): genetics, obesity, pregnancy, constantly walking on hard surfaces and a variety of other factors can lead to the development of flat feet.
Treatment: Luckily, over-pronation can be treated. The easiest way is though the use of over-the-counter orthotics. These can be placed inside your shoes and range from full length to 3/4 length that can be moved from shoe to shoe. Orthotics provide the much needed support that flat feet lack. Although they take some getting used to, orthotics will prevent the tearing and inflammation of the plantar fascia thus alleviating pain. Orthotics also ensure that your foot is aligned properly.
People with diabetes have a lot of health problems to deal with, one of those being their feet. The lack of insulin can cause a variety of health concerns and when it comes to feet, it’s no different. Fortunately, there are a variety of Diabetic Foot Products on the market that can help. Some things you should be on the look out for if you have diabetes includes but is not limited to:
Cuts, bruising, soreness
Foot sores that don’t heal
Loss of feeling
Changes in foot shape
All of these problems can occur without warning, so checking your feet regularly is important. You can help prevent these problems from occurring altogether by taking care of your feet accordingly. Always protect your feet with socks and shoes, keep them moisturized and bacteria free, stay active, keep your blood flowing and report any problems to your doctor.