Spring is just around the corner, according to Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction four weeks ago of six more weeks of winter…. that leaves only two more weeks to go! For many, the slow emergence of spring signals an increased need and desire to get outside. Whether escaping outside purely for some fresh air after being cooped up indoors during the COVID winter of 2020-2021 or for more specific reasons such as running and exercise, many of us may notice the onset of new aches and pains or the re-emergence of old ones.
The area that takes the brunt of the abuse is all too often our feet, due to the amount of force that is put on them daily. Coming out of winter hibernation, especially this year with an increased chance of excess weight gain, may make those chances more of a reality.
If you find yourself suffering from foot pain, a good resource is your favorite physical therapist, as they are experts in how the body works and are extensively trained in lower body anatomy, kinesiology, and pathology.
Foot pain often has contributing factors throughout the lower extremity that can be identified and treated very effectively with physical therapy and may not require the addition of an orthotic or insert. If an orthotic or insert is determined to be necessary, however, they can be a game-changer for the appropriate patient.
When considering an orthotic vs an insert, there are some significant differences between them to be aware of.