Runner’s knee and other common foot problems
The human foot is an amazingly strong structure, capable of handling hundreds of tons of force every day. The foot's myriad parts work in harmony, getting you from one place to another. They are the foundation of your body and fundamental to your wellbeing. However, your feet are at greater risk of injury than any other part of your body, largely because we tend take them for granted until we experience discomfort or pain.
Below, we’ve listed the most common foot problems you’ll encounter in daily life or sports, so you can get a better a picture of the possible causes of foot discomfort or pain.
Runner's knee or IT band syndrome is sharp pain on the outside of the knee or hip caused by friction between the iliotibial band and the knee. This friction can be due to factors like foot misalignment, leg length discrepancy, tight hamstrings or IT bands, foot structure or muscle imbalances
FootBalance custom insoles, together with suitable footwear, can offer relief from runner's knee by properly supporting your feet. With our custom insoles, you can achieve a healthy, neutral foot position, which in turn improves leg alignment and foot function.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain, especially in the heel and arch. The plantar fascia is a flat band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes, supporting the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen and inflamed.
FootBalance Custom Insoles help alleviate pain and discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis by providing effective support to the foot arch. By maintaining the foot in an optimal position, the insoles help stabilise the arch and allows for faster healing and recovery of the plantar fascia ligament.
Hallux Valgus (Bunion)
Hallux valgus is a common forefoot problem in which a large lump grows out from the inside of the foot at the big toe joint.
FootBalance custom insoles help reduce the stress placed on the bunion, so you can walk with increased comfort. The custom insoles also provide effective support, helping to control foot position problems that can worsen the bunion or lead to other foot conditions. We would also recommend the use of wide-fitting footwear made of soft leather.
Morton's neuroma is the thickening or swelling of the tissue around the nerve between the bases of the toes (usually between the third and fourth toes).
FootBalance custom insoles help to minimise stress on the nerve by evenly distributing weight and pressure across the feet. This helps the swollen nerve to heal faster.
Metatarsalgia is pain felt under the front part of the foot – specifically under the metatarsal heads – and is often described as ‘walking on pebbles’.
FootBalance custom insoles minimise the risk factors associated with metatarsalgia and promoted recovery. By distributing your body weight more evenly across your feet, FootBalance insoles reduce stress in the affected region and improve foot health.
Shin splints involve pain felt along the inner frontal edge of the shin bone. The condition is usually caused by repeated trauma to the connective muscle tissue surrounding the tibia. It is a common injury among runnersand athletes.
FootBalance custom insoles help reduce discomfort and pain associated with shin splits by enabling your feet to achieve a neutral position. This promotes healthier foot function and improves body alignment. It also important to choose the correct footwear for your foot type.
Flat feet or low or collapsed arches can lead to pain across the entire bottom of your foot. In most cases, the pain is experienced in the heel and arch of the foot. Flat feet can affect your ability to walk or run effectively, as well as affect your lower back and knees.
FootBalance custom insoles are designed to flex with the foot, which helps strengthen your arches by activating key muscles and tendons in your feet. Our custom insoles also help stabilise foot movement and reduce the risk of further injury.
A high foot arch prevents your feet from making proper contact with the ground, thereby affecting the way your feet move and function. As your foot strikes the ground, the impact pressure is distributed across the foot unevenly, which can cause foot-related problems such as painful foot ulcers.
FootBalance custom insoles offer effective support and shock-absorption for high arches. This helps improves foot alignment and ensures your feet stay healthy and active.
Painful arches are a common foot problem and can be a sign of foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet or high arches.
Together with arch strengthening exercises, FootBalance Custom Insoles help manage arch pain by reducing the stress on your feet. Our insoles also offer effective support to the foot arch so it can function efficiently.
Generalized Foot Pain
Pain in the foot is typically experienced in the heel, arch or toes. Treating foot pain effectively is essential, because, if left untreated, foot pain can adversely affect quality of life.
FootBalance custom insoles provide support, balance and cushioning, which help reduce foot pain and prevent foot problems.
Common causes of heel pain are heel spurs – an abnormal and inflamed bony growth – and plantar fasciitis. Pain associated with plantar fasciitis is often experienced in the morning or after resting.
Our custom insoles help correct any foot misalignment that is causing stress on the heel bone and promote healthy foot function and recovery.
Misaligned feet can cause poor body alignment and imbalance. This is why people with foot posture problems often experience pain in the lower back region.
FootBalance custom insoles are individually moulded to help your feet achieve a neutral position. They provide the right balance of support and cushioning, while reducing excess stress placed on your lower back.
Diabetic feet are vulnerable to a number of mild to severe foot problems and require special attention and care.
FootBalance custom insoles are an effective support for diabetic feet and can help in the long-term treatment of this serious condition. It is important that the appropriate orthotic insoles for diabetic feet are recommended and fitted by trained experts.
Increased body weight elevates the risk of developing foot problems, such as weakening or collapse of the foot arch.