Good question, do your feet hurt? It seems like a simple response but the reality is flat feet, high arched feet, or something in between varies tremendously amongst individuals. A recent study in the military found that static positioning of feet had no correlation to brand recommended shoes to reduce risk of injury. In support of orthotics, though, the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) in December 2014 created a consensus statement that the use of orthotics for plantar fasciitis had strong evidence to support it. The research also stated that pre-fabricated vs. custom showed no significant difference at 1 year outcomes and that people experience acute bouts of pain often could be rid of orthotics after 6 months. More confused than ever? Reality is there are many factors that contribute to whether or not a person needs orthotics. An orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist can provide you the necessary evaluation and assessment of biomechanics to determine whether or not intervention is needed. But if you don’t have foot, knee, ankle, hip, or back pain and someone suggests orthotics, perhaps just say no and be thankful you are not hurting.
-SSM Physical Therapy Sports Team