June 05, 2013 / Category: Fitness Advisor
Orthotics and footbeds, they’re the same thing, right? This is a question that is posed to us all the time. No, they’re not the same, but oftentimes one or the other can be appropriate. To explain the difference, we need to understand a little bit about foot mechanics.
The foot is a biomechanical marvel. It is composed of 26 bones and 31 articulations or joints. The bones and joints work together in concert to propel us through the earth’s gravitational field. It is a dynamic structure that is constantly moving and changing with its environment, whether it is in or out of footwear. Problems with the bones or joints of the foot, or the forces that pass through them, can interfere with this symbiosis and create problems which we call diagnoses. They can range from bunions, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, TFL syndrome, abnormal patellar tracking, and lower back pain just to name a few.