In the Podiatric community, the benefits of custom foot orthotics for the treatment of foot and ankle pain is very well documented. Many of us however have noticed secondary benefits in patients with knee and back pain. A common response from patients with a history of back pain is: “the Orthotics really helped my foot pain but my back/knee pain is so much better too“. Although the literature is sparse relative to orthotics and their benefits for back pain, this article from Lower Extremity Review does a good job at explaining why they help.
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