Athletes and Foot Orthotics

Footech President

Jacques Martin, D.S.S., B.Sc., C.Ped.
President, Footech Inc., Certified Pedorthist

Foot orthotics support the feet in a way that allows the body’s weight to be dispersed more evenly, avoiding acute stress on specific parts of the feet and legs. Just as a wedge supports an uneven table, custom-fitted foot orthotics may result in improved stability and strength throughout the entire body.

Improved Stability and Control

People who regularly engage in athletic activities spend more time on their feet than most other people, and often place more stress on their feet, legs, and back than non-athletic individuals. Problems like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon strains, and overpronation are common in athletes and are often induced by stress and overuse on certain parts of the foot and leg. These injuries can be avoided when protective measures are taken to ensure that strain and stress do not occur, and many athletes choose to protect themselves from injury by using custom-fitted orthotics combined with the appropriate footwear for their sports activities. Some athletes who use customized orthotics claim to achieve improved stability and control during their sports activities, as well as fewer injuries.

Choosing the Right Customized Orthotic for You

Different sports tend to result in different injuries, and may require the use of specialized orthotics. Runners tend to place a lot of pressure on their feet. Overpronation and arch pain are common injuries in runners, who often require heel or arch support, as well as orthotics that provide a high degree of shock absorption. Athletes required to wear boots, such as rugby and football players, may require specialized orthotics designed to complement their tighter-fitting boots as well as heel cups and arch support to improve stability. Skiers and snowboarders often place additional weight on the outer edges of their feet, or shift weight from their heels to their toes.

Individualized Support

Many popular sports can place additional stress on the knees, feet or lower legs. It is important to discuss your sporting activities with your orthotics technician to ensure that your customized orthotics provide the support you need to stabilize your body and enjoy your favorite activities for many years to come.

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