Can Orthotics Improve Your Sports Performance?

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Our feet are an important element in our everyday life. Whether it’s a busy day in the office, a summer packed full of adventure or a relaxing day at the beach, our feet tend to be shaped by our everyday activities. Although few can avoid participating in activities using their feet, most of us should take a look at our current “foot-care routine.” By looking at how we are using and taking care of our feet, we can figure out what we can do to improve our everyday performance.

Beliefs & Benefits of Orthotics

 A recent study showed that people who used specialized orthotics or insoles lowered their chances of developing arch problems, foot abnormalities and leg structure  problems. These specialized inserts, also known as orthotics, have been shown to improve athletic performance as well as improve posture and balance. Similar to orthotics, custom orthotic insoles help alleviate pain and prevent serious foot issues. There are a few websites that offer custom orthotics online, but if you are near San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Livermore, Brentwood, or Danville–  we would love for you to visit us at The Shoe Doctor for a friendly and personalized fitting. With locations across the San Francisco Bay Area, we will be glad to serve you and provide more information about orthotics and how they greatly impact your health. 

Choosing a Good Shoe

For best results when choosing a shoe, it is extremely important to consult with a pedorthist such as those who work at The Shoe Doctor – to be sure your shoes match your lifestyle. This ensures that your lifestyle is supported by your shoes,and helps us correctly match other options specifically for you.  Some activities we take into consideration when customizing your shoes  with orthotics are: leisure walks, long distance runs, sport matches and/or normal everyday wear. Again, depending on a person’s daily activity our certified, trained and experienced pedorthists will provide a variety of options catered specifically for you. We are also proud to provide various colors and styles so that you can be sure your shoes represent you!

Key Insights and Tips

Since everybody’s feet are different it may seem hard to understand what you need to look for or consider when searching for an shoe, orthotic or insole. Here are five tips and tricks you can use to better match with an shoe or orthotic and reap the benefits they provide. (1) Be sure to visit a pedorthist to determine whether you are developing or have previous posture issues. This will determine what types of shoes or orthotics are right for you. (2) Once you are aware of your current physical health, be sure to correctly communicate that information with our experts. Sharing this information with our experts will help them plan what custom orthotic inserts you should use and for what amount of time. (3) Provide a detailed list of normal activities you complete, emphasizing physical activities. Knowing what physical activities you are a part of helps our experts determine whether custom sports orthotics are necessary, of whether others can be used. (4) Share pains, aches or tenderness near or around your feet, legs, hips or back with our specialists. It is crucial to let our experts know about these problems so they can create a plan to lessen those problematic areas through daily usage of orthotics, Lastly, (5) Choose a shoe that you feel confident and comfortable in! Your confidence affects your posture,  so be sure to love the shoes you choose. 

Need Personalized Help for Orthotics?

The Shoe Doctor has specialized in providing custom orthotics for 20 years. The right orthotic insoles can greatly reduce foot, knee and hip pain. Russell at The Shoe Doctor will help educate and assist you in finding the perfect solution for your particular situation. We will create a 3D map of your feet and make custom orthotics for your shoes. These orthotics along with our expert advice will get you back to being able to walk peacefully. Our sole (ha ha!) purpose is to reduce your pain and make you comfortable again! If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, give The Shoe Doctor a call to get the best custom orthotics in the area! We are here to assist you, give us a call at  (925) 820-0220 for your free consultation!

“Our sole (ha ha!) purpose is to reduce your pain and make you comfortable again. Call The Shoe Doctor for an appointment today!”



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Russell Pate

Russell Pate

Russell has been a Certified Pedorthist for over 28 years.

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