22 Apr Custom Orthotics for Hiking Boots
Do Your Hiking Boots Need Orthotics?
If you’re an avid hiker, there’s nothing like getting outside in the crisp, clean air and putting miles on your boots. In Virginia, we’re blessed with a wealth of gorgeous hiking areas, from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Shenandoah Valley. Before you get out there and start your trek, make sure your hiking boots aren’t about to let you down.
How Hiking Boots Can Hurt You
Most hiking boots are well-designed when it comes to the outside. They keep your feet well-protected and dry. They also have well-made soles that are designed to keep you moving through any terrain.
Where they can let you down is their interior. Too many hiking boots are not made with the correct padding, arch support, sweat protection or shock absorption that you need. Thick socks can help, but for true cushioning and support, you need custom-made, professional-quality inserts or orthotics.
Why Inserts Aren’t the Answer
Over-the-counter inserts and insoles are simply not designed to take on the high levels of heavy impact, stress, sweat and high-stress movement that occurs during a hiking expedition.
Wearing hiking boots without the right support and protection can cause many feet and leg problems, including extreme muscle strain, painful shin splints, lower back pain, ankle pain, and many other short-term physical complaints.
In addition, the repeated wearing of these boots can lead to long-term problems that include:
- Damage to the metatarsal area from repeated impact.
- Ligament pain from weak, flat arches.
- Achilles tendonitis.
- Plantar fasciitis.
- Ingrown toenail.
- Fungal Toenails.
- Poor posture from bad foot alignment.
Your Feet Deserve the Best
Hiking is a great activity, but it’s definitely one that takes a toll on your feet. Buying the right hiking boots and socks is a good start. Now, you can make sure you’re taking care of your feet by making your boots even better. Your hardworking, hard-hiking feet deserve nothing less than the best.
Over-the-counter inserts are not equipped to deal with the heavy impact your feet go through when you’re hiking. Inexpensive inserts will start to fall apart after just a few months, leaving you with no real protection when you’re out there.
What is the alternative? A podiatrist can create custom-made orthotics that fit your foot and your hiking boots correctly. You need custom orthotics that are:
- Designed specifically to fit your foot.
- Made to provide extra padding and protection.
- Highly shock-absorbent.
- Firm enough to prevent pronation.
- Durable enough to stand up to repeated, heavy use.
- Supportive of the arches, heel, and toe.
How We Can Help
At Shuman Podiatry & Sports Medicine, we create custom-made orthotics designed to treat every activity and every foot condition. We begin with 3D imaging that gives a perfect representation of your foot for sizing.
Using year of experience, we diagnose your feet and your gait to determine the orthotic design that’s best for you and let you experience total comfort and support for your hiking adventures.
Hiking is a wonderful activity with many benefits for your body, mind, and spirit. Don’t let your foot worries spoil it for you. Contact Shuman Podiatry & Sports Medicine to ensure you have all the support you need.