This week's question -
Should I/my child wear orthotics?
My answer -
Of course I cannot answer this question accurately for everyone who might read this, but I will give you some things to think about.
Lets talk about the most common example of "flat feet." Many people in this situation are given orthotics, so they put them in their shoes, it lifts their arches, and everything is in better alignment and feels better.
But what happens when they take those shoes off? Whether at home or playing sports or maybe its summer and you're headed to the beach, those orthotics are not going to work out. So you take them off and now, those arches are so used to being supported that they completely collapse and that nagging ankle and knee pain is now excruciating. What if I told you there is a better way?
The muscles in our feet have the ability to support our arch, they just often forget how and get lazy leading to those flat feet. If, instead of supporting them with orthotics we supported them with our own muscles through re-training them, it would be a lot more efficient. You will always be "wearing" your own muscle stability system, and you can opt for those beach sandals and leave the orthotics at home.
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