With the AFL, netball and local soccer season upon us, new boots and runners are a must.
Do you get: foot pain, knee pain, shin pain, bunions – well orthotics are for you.
Do you have - Pain in the foot, shin, knee, hip or back with standing?
Most people who have pain in standing are on their feet all day. Hard surfaces increases the need for feet to over pronate (flatten). This changes the position of the foot, leg, knee and hip joints and tightens up certain thigh and leg muscles.
To stop this, your physio can teach you how to stand in neutral – the perfect position where the least amount of muscles are used to keep you standing.
If your alignment is incorrect, the following can happen:
- Plantar fasciitis (foot pain)
- Shin splints (shin pain)
- Achilles Tendonitis (heel pain)
- Patellofemoral syndrome (knee pain)
- Hip bursitis (hip pain)
- Morton’s Neuroma (toe pain)
- ITB syndrome (thigh pain)
Do you have - Pain in the foot, shin knee, hip or back when walking or running?
If you have returned to sport and have any of the pains above they are most likely to be worse with walking and even more so with running. The mechanisms causing the pain are the same but it is likely made worse by the higher intensity. Running on hard surfaces will further increase your pains as the foot again has to over pronate to suit the hard surface.
If you have had an injury the best rehab is to start with a 2 week water program, then a 2 week cycling program and then transition into your sport of choice. Our Physio’s can give you this program.
Orthotics Are for You
Orthotics align your feet into neutral which decreases the load on your legs, knees, hips and back. This can help prevent not only the conditions listed above, but also bunions.