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What are Custom Sports Orthotics?

Orthotics — which are inserted into your shoes — provide support that eases stress on your feet, ankles, legs, and back. Although orthotics can be purchased in-store, they are an attempt at a one-size-fits-all solution. However, not all individuals are the same. Once you have a better understanding of what neuromas are and what can cause them to develop, you will be able to get the treatment you need.

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Benefits of Sports Orthotics 

  • Prevents excess shock
  • Allows foot to function better
  • Maintains stability of the foot
  • Reduces pain and discomfort
  • Are highly customizable to each sport
  • Helps a person be more active

Customizable for Every Sport

Sports orthotics can be very customizable to match the sport you’re performing. Each unique orthotic takes into consideration what the damaging foot and ankle movement is while doing each specific sport. These orthotics help to support the feet and ankles and to prevent the downsides that result from the excessive force that comes with each particular sport.

Running

Runners are especially at risk for foot and leg injuries. They put pressure on their feet and often run on top of hard surfaces that can lead to injury. Runners need heel and arch support to help prevent overpronation, arch pain, and plantar fasciitis. They also need shock absorption.

Gym

For individuals who aren’t necessarily athletes but go to the gym a few times a week, there are sports orthotics that are very general yet versatile that are designed for various types of activities 

Contact Sports

In addition to running, athletes involved in contact sports like football also make quick movements that require increased stability in the form of arch support or a cupped heel. Orthotics for these athletes should also absorb shock to reduce strain on muscles. Orthotics can help to reduce overuse injuries like Achilles tendon strains and sprained ankles.

Maneuverability

For sports that rely mostly on maneuverability like skiing or skateboarding, orthotics are used to adjust for shifts in weight. Often, athletes will compensate for overpronation by shifting their legs at the knee, which can lead to knee injuries. Good support in the heel and arch can help by providing total contact and displacing weight evenly.

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What Kind of Orthotics do I Need?

The best sports orthotics for your needs will depend on your current foot and ankle health, as well as the sport that you’ll be playing. If you play different sports, you may benefit from custom sports orthotics designed for each one. During your visit with your podiatrist, the ideal type of orthotics will be selected for you.

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Sports Orthotics at Foot & Ankle Specialty Group

We are a modern, sophisticated, family-friendly podiatric clinic serving the Rancho Santa Margarita and Newport Beach area since 2001. Founded by American Board of Podiatric Surgery Fellow Dr. Salma Aziz, Foot & Ankle Specialty Group has been built on time-tested practices that always put the patient first. Dr. Aziz, Dr. Petrina Yokay, and Dr. Jessica Arneson are a nurturing female doctor group with a strong focus on getting patients back on their feet and helping them feel their best. If you’re interested in sports orthotics to provide ultimate stability and support no matter how your body moves, contact us today.

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