How can rigid foot orthoses relieve foot pain?

Individuals who are utilizing rigid foot orthotics commonly demonstrate poor foot mechanics. Usually these individuals are referred to as having "flat feet", and are in an over pronated position. The calcaneus bone (rear foot) is in an averted position in stance, and the forefoot demonstrates an abducted or various positions. Inevitably these positions would leave the individual’s foot and ankle complex in a hypermobile state and lacking proper foot mechanics. This lack of mobility and stability at the foot sets up the rest of the body for inefficient and ineffective movement. In walking for example, this would result in a lack of internal rotation at the tibia and femur, which would lead to a lack of proper mobility at the hip. As a result, the tissue complexes of the leg and hip would have to compensate and the chance of injury would increase. 

A rigid foot orthotic can address the positioning of the rear foot and forefoot position by creating a deep heel cup and add in medial posting at the rear and forefoot. The goal would be to create an environment for the foot to enhance stability and foot mechanics. At Dynamic Health and Fitness we utilize the Quadra step system by Nolaro24 to address this foot type. For more information visit


Christopher Chiodo, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Rigid foot orthoses (shoe inserts) are meant to correct a structural abnormality that causes such conditions as flat feet or pronation (ankles and feet that sag inward toward each other). Rather than cushion the foot, they realign it into a more desirable position. This, in turn, can improve function and relieve pain.

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