Back pain and pain in hips or knees can significantly impact your daily life, limiting movement and causing ongoing discomfort. In search of relief, many individuals turn to various methods, and among these solutions are custom orthotics. This blog post discusses the effectiveness of custom orthotics in alleviating pain and discomfort in the back, hips, and knees.

Ankle Pain

One common condition where orthotics prove beneficial is Achilles tendinitis. These customized inserts can help distribute pressure away from the Achilles tendon, reducing strain and promoting healing. Additionally, ankle sprains, a prevalent injury, can benefit from orthotic support as it aids in stabilizing the ankle, preventing further damage, and facilitating proper healing. For individuals with flat feet or overpronation, orthotics can offer arch support and correct foot positioning, addressing issues that often lead to ankle instability or discomfort. Conditions like plantar fasciitis, which can cause heel and ankle pain, also benefit from orthotics by providing cushioning and support to the arches, thereby reducing strain on the plantar fascia and alleviating associated discomfort in the ankle. 

Knee Pain may be reduced by wearing proper orthotics 

A common condition in knee pain is patellofemoral pain syndrome, where the kneecap experiences discomfort due to improper tracking or alignment. Orthotics can assist by correcting foot positioning, reducing overpronation, and aligning the lower limb, alleviating stress on the patella and easing associated pain. Additionally, osteoarthritis of the knee, a degenerative condition causing pain and stiffness, can benefit from orthotic interventions. Customized inserts help redistribute pressure away from affected areas, providing cushioning and support that lessen discomfort during movement. Another condition, iliotibial band syndrome, characterized by outer knee pain due to tightness or inflammation of the IT band, can find relief with orthotics that address foot mechanics, thereby reducing strain on the band and alleviating knee discomfort. 

Hip Pain & orthotics

While orthotics primarily address foot and lower limb issues, they can indirectly benefit certain hip conditions by correcting gait abnormalities, enhancing alignment, and reducing strain on the hip joints. One such condition is hip osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease causing pain and stiffness. Orthotics can help by improving lower limb alignment and reducing excessive forces transmitted to the hip joints during movement, thereby alleviating discomfort. Additionally, conditions like trochanteric bursitis, characterized by inflammation of the bursa around the hip joint, can find relief with orthotics that promote proper foot mechanics, as corrected alignment can reduce stress on the affected area and alleviate pain. Individuals with hip dysplasia or structural issues may also benefit indirectly from orthotics, as improved lower limb alignment can help in distributing forces more evenly, potentially reducing discomfort associated with these conditions. 

Lower Back Pain & orthotics

One common cause of lower back pain is poor posture, which can result from imbalances in foot mechanics. Orthotics provide support and alignment to the feet, correcting issues like overpronation or supination, thereby promoting better posture and reducing strain on the lower back. Additionally, individuals with leg length discrepancies often experience lower back pain due to uneven weight distribution. Customized orthotics can help rectify this imbalance by providing support to the shorter limb, mitigating strain on the back muscles and alleviating associated discomfort. Furthermore, conditions like lumbar disc herniation or degenerative disc disease can benefit indirectly from orthotics by improving gait mechanics, reducing impact forces on the spine, and providing cushioning and support that lessen the stress on the affected discs, contributing to pain relief. While orthotics may not directly treat these back issues, they play a supportive role by addressing underlying biomechanical factors, promoting better alignment, and reducing strain on the lower back, thus aiding in the management of associated pain and discomfort.


At Physiomobility, we understand the importance of optimal health and the impact that properly fitted custom orthotics can have on your well-being. Our specialized orthotic solutions are crafted to provide personalized support, enhancing comfort and mobility while addressing various foot-related issues. We’re excited to inform you that many insurance plans often cover the cost of custom orthotics!. Take the first step towards improved comfort and mobility by exploring the potential coverage your insurance offers for our custom orthotics. Contact us at 416-444-4800 or reception@physiomobility.ca to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how Physiomobility can help you.


Your foot health matters to us, and we’re committed to providing you with top-notch care and support.





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The Physiomobility Team