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  • Writer's pictureDr. McHardy

My feet, legs, and back hurt. Can Orthotics help?

The lower parts of your legs take the brunt of your day-to-day life. You shouldn’t have to be in pain which can affect your normal daily activities.

Bones, Joints, and Muscles

Muscle cramp. It can strike in your sleep or in the middle of the day. This sudden, tight, intense lower leg pain is sometimes called a "charley horse." When it takes a grip, it can get worse quickly. It happens when your muscles are tired or dehydrated. Drink more water if you're prone to leg cramps.

It might help to gently stretch or massage the area where your muscle has tensed up. Stretch your legs properly before you exercise, or consider massage therapy

One of the first warning signs you have an inflamed Achilles tendon is pain in your lower calf, near the back of your heel. It’s a common injury that makes the tendon swell, stretch, or tear. You can get it from overworking the calf muscle or climbing the stairs. It might stick around for a long time, too.

Shin splints. You can feel this pain right up the front of your calf. The muscles and flesh along the edge of the shin bone become inflamed, so it hurts to walk, run, or jump. Doing activity over and over on hard surfaces can bring this on. You may also be more likely to get shin splints if you have flat feet or your feet turn outward.

The structure or function of the foot, such as flat feet, are called biomechanical problems. These issues can affect how you walk, which in turn can affect your feet with problems such as heel pain and planters fasciitis, but can also affect the ankle joints, leg muscles and even the hips and lower back.

Sometimes proper footwear can help, but for many people the answer is orthotics, custom-made shoe inserts that help the feet work as they should. Your local Chiropodist can asses the problem and make the proper recommendations.


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