4 Ways Orthotics Can Improve Your Sports Performance

When it comes to increasing your athletic performance, shoes can make a world of difference. The correct shoes can help you run faster, walk longer, and jump more efficiently. The right shoe can also improve your endurance and reduce discomfort after you finish your workout.

However, finding specialized shoes can be difficult, depending on your athletic goals and the shape of your feet. That’s where prescription orthotics can help. Custom inserts give your feet and ankles comprehensive support.

Dr. Sean Rosenblum at Foot and Ankle Care of Passaic can fit your feet with custom orthotics that will help you meet your fitness goals. Exercise is so important to maintaining a fit and healthy body, so anything that makes exercise easier and more comfortable is a good thing.

Here are four ways orthotics can improve your sports performance and help you meet your athletic goals. 

1. Prescription orthotics are custom made for your feet

A prescription orthotic is made to address three factors: your foot’s health, shape, and your athletic performance goals. If flat feet or high arches are your problems, orthotics can give you added comfort when you stand, walk, or run. Also, extra support can absorb impacts from hard surfaces when you jump, walk, and run.

2. Prescription orthotics remove athletic roadblocks

If your feet hurt or tire easily, your athletic goals become harder to achieve. Podiatry issues such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, flat feet, or hammertoes make your feet sensitive to pain from wearing the wrong shoe. Orthotic inserts, which position your feet differently in shoes, can reduce your foot pain so you can stay on your feet longer and participate in sports more comfortably.

3. Prescription orthotics make ankles more stable

Your ankle is meant to attach your feet to your legs. Weak or unstable ankles can lead to injury and pain. Prescription orthotics can give your ankles more strength and protect against ankle injury, like sprains. Over time, orthotics can realign your skeleton and relieve your concerns about ankle weakness and instability.

4. Prescription orthotics address your particular concerns

You can buy orthotics at drug stores, mall kiosks, and shoe stores. Orthotics can help your foot problems, but they don’t address your foot’s particular shape and health. However, our completely custom prescription orthotics are made for your unique podiatry needs.

In our office, we use state-of-the-art computer modeling equipment to produce a digital mold of your feet. This mold captures the particular contours and shape of your foot. When the mold is cast, Dr. Rosenblum will pick the orthotic material that’s best for you. Material ranges from very soft to very rigid thermoplastic or carbon fiber. Semi-rigid orthotics limit improper motion, while softer orthotics provide cushioning. 

The chosen material is then heated and pressed over the mold. Your custom orthotics will be ready in just a few weeks.  

Are you ready to treat your feet to custom orthotics? To make an appointment at Foot and Ankle Care of Passaic, call 973-218-5720 or use our online booking tool.

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