Fitness Apparel

Fitness Apparel

Fitness Apparel
Fitness apparel can be an important aspect of reaching your fitness goals. Apparel such as exercise shoes and sports bras come in many types and sizes, so it is important to do research on what is best for the type of exercise you enjoy. In addition, wearing the right clothing and shoes can prevent possible injuries, chafing and discomfort.

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    What Are Foot Orthotics?
    Foot orthotics are used to help support the feet and provide equal distribution of weight across the foot. Watch Conan Parke, DPM, from MountainView Hospital, explain the importance of foot orthotics.
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    Orthotics are created from top-notch materials that will be effective, long-lasting, and require little maintenance for its users. For the orthotics to have optimal effects, they need to be properly used. At first, they should be worn only in one pair of shoes. Additionally, on day one, they should be worn only for two hours. Each day, an hour should be added. The orthotics may not be comfortable at first as they take about two weeks to adequately mold to your foot. (This answer provided for NATA by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program.)
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    Orthotic devices such as braces and splints use external force to correct muscle abnormality. The technology of orthotics has advanced over the past 30 years from metal rods that hooked up to bulky orthopedic shoes to appliances that are individually molded from high-temperature plastics for a precise fit. Ankle-foot orthoses are frequently prescribed for children with spastic diplegia to prevent muscle contracture and to improve gait. Splints are also used to correct spasticity in the hand muscles.

    This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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    The need for orthotics for walking or in general will be decided on a case by case basis. Some things you need to ask yourself are: do you experience any pain when walking? Do you have any hip, back or knee pain? If you answer yes to either of these, then orthotics may be necessary.

    Prior to prescribing anything, seeing a specialist to analyze your feet would be ideal. Seeing a doctor such an orthopedic would be a great place to start.
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    Orthotics is similar to the insoles of your shoes. They give addition support to your body when using the shoe. Orthotics may be the full length of your shoe or be the length up to the ball of your foot, mainly supporting the arch and heel. As you walk, your support will be redistributed with additional support.

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    Soft foot orthoses (shoe inserts) are made from pliable materials, such as foam rubber, that compress when weight is placed on them. They cushion the feet against impact, improve balance, and protect the feet from pressure on sore spots. Soft orthoses are often used to help ease the pain of arthritis and provide a synthetic cushion for feet that have lost their natural padding. People with diabetes may also find soft orthoses helpful because they cushion and protect the foot from injuries that could lead to infection. If your doctor suggests soft orthoses, you may have to buy larger shoes to accommodate them. The orthoses will either be custom-molded to fit your foot or made from a plaster impression of your foot.
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    If orthotics is a necessity to for you to be able to walk pain-free and as long as the drugstore has the appropriate style and fitting for your feet then yes, you should be able to purchase these. However, be sure orthotics is required prior to purchasing. If you have pain of any sort from walking, do not assume assistance is needed. Get advice from a professional and then decide what is needed following.

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    Custom foot orthoses (shoe inserts) are designed to be placed in your shoe to correct or compensate for a structural problem that affects your foot, your gait, or both. While over-the-counter shoe inserts -- the foam or silicone pads often sold in drugstores -- can provide extra cushioning, custom orthoses -may correct a specific imbalance and tend to be more rigid. Orthoses - they may help support your foot after surgery.
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    Orthotics is the science of developing equipment that supports and stabilizes a part of the body that is weak or malformed. An orthosis is a mechanical device that is applied to or around a part of the body in order to optimize function and/or help restore and/or maintain optimal body biomechanics. For example, they can increase stability in an unstable joint and prevent a deformed foot from developing additional problems. One example of a foot orthosis is an arch support.
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    Do I Have to Have My Orthotics Custom Made, or Can I Use Over-the-Counter?
    Over-the-counter orthotics are a good first step before custom orthotics, says Holman Chan, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he says that some over-the-counter orthotics might do the job just as well, for much lower cost.
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