Those who engage in martial arts should be familiar with protecting the body and feet when participating in these combat activities. However, some individuals who practice martial arts may need additional support for their feet. To address this, a martial arts participant might use a special kind of orthotic device that is specifically made for this activity. These orthotics provide support for the feet through foot arch padding. However, the orthotics are designed to be worn without shoes and in a way that maximizes barefoot contact with the floor. In other words, these orthotics try to imitate the feeling of being barefoot on the ground. Some of these particular orthotic devices wrap around the ankle and the front of the foot. If you are someone that engages in martial arts, it is highly suggested that you schedule an appointment today with a podiatrist.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM from Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.
Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.
If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.
If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.
If you have any questions please contact our office located in Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.