Arch supports, also known as orthotics, serve to correct orthopedic problems, such as a fallen arch. Orthopedic issues that are left untreated or are worsened by ill-fitted or low quality arch supports can cause foot pain and musculoskeletal problems, such as poor posture, back pain, and spinal misalignment. Here are the 4 common arch support myths to ensure our clients invest in suitable products that assist chiropractic treatment in alleviating pain and discomfort:
Posture and back pain cannot be eased by use of arch supports. Since bad posture can be caused by an altered gait due to foot pain, arch supports can be one of the ways in which certain types of back pain are treated.
Price doesn’t equate to quality. The old saying that a higher price tag doesn’t mean it’s a better quality item does not apply with arch supports. More expensive arch supports are manufactured with better materials for superior shock absorption.
Custom arch supports are not worth the extra cost. Every person’s foot structure is unique, so store-bought arch supports will not accommodate all feet or even both feet on the same individual. Custom arch supports are manufactured based on molds created from each foot for ideal support.
Arch supports can help with overpronation (tilting of the foot inward), but cannot help with supination (excessive tilting of the foot outwards). If your shoe soles wear faster on the outer edges, supination can be the culprit. This condition can be treated by arch supports, which counteract the foot’s overcompensation in avoiding over-pronation.