Wear Arch Supports!

By | February 1, 2015

Because most individuals’ arches collapse in our shoes, we commonly advise our clients wear supplemental supports in their footwear.  Orthotics, or at least foam arch supports have been repeatedly effective in curing pain and mechanical dysfunction.Adding height to the navicular bone at the medial arch of our feet changes it’s functional position, as well as the knee and hip.  These supports dramatically prevents many common problems. Gradually, as the body adjusts to corrective changes, stresses change and the resultant pain subsides.  The problem will continue or return if left uncorrected.

Wear arch supports if you are standing, exercising, shopping, working and always at home.  A number of products are available in stores near you.  Relatively inexpensive arch supports ($20-50) are available at a variety of stores near you.

Everyone should wear supplemental arch supports in their shoes, slippers, athletic footwear, training shoes and cleats.  Orthotics, or at least foam arch supports have been repeatedly effective in curing pain and dysfunction of foot, ankle, knee, hip and back.

Arch supports reduce the degree of:

  • Flat feet or falling arches (pes planus)
  • Foot pronation
  • Ankle eversion
  • Q angles at the knee (valgus)
  • Uneven hips (pelvic obliquity)
  • Lumbar scoliosis.

Supporting the medial arch changes the functional position of the foot, knee and hip.  Residual pain can take a few weeks to go away, but the problem will not get better if left uncorrected.  Leg and back pain sufferers benefit from supplemental arch supports and orthotics. Even if you only stand all day, arch supports will control pain and manage many progressive problems that we commonly treat.


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About Paul O'Brian

CEO, Paul O’Brian founded Accelerate Physical Therapy , P.C. in 1989 in Arvada. Specializing in orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation over a 40-year-career, Paul is experienced in shoulder, knee, spine, foot/ankle, elbow, wrist and hand rehabilitation, quadriplegia, hemiplegia, multiple sclerosis, weakness and balance issues, and geriatric conditions, arthritis, functional decline, postural and pain problems, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and workers’ compensation injuries. Paul O'Brian has been a youth sports coach for 25 years (swimming and diving, soccer, football and rugby). Paul has served on the Board of Directors for multiple Colorado non-profit Colorado corporations, including Colorado Physical Therapy Network (20 years), Rugby Colorado (5 years) and Tigers Rugby Football Club (20 years).