Good alignment helps the body move efficiently, reducing the potential for muscles and joints to become injured.
Poor foot posture, such as over pronation, may compromise how efficiently you walk or run. The alignment problem may be very subtle and the foot itself may not be painful, but a slight fault repeated with every step can make daily activities really difficult.
Foot function can be improved very effectively using ‘off the shelf’ or custom made shoe inserts called ‘orthotics’. Orthotics aid the foot to function in a better position. Muscles acting on the foot are then able to strengthen and hopefully provide long term benefit. In some cases orthotics are only needed on a short term basis. If there are very strong forces acting on the foot which are causing the pain, orthotics may be required longer term.