Orthotics: The Perfect Father’s Day Gift
Now that Mother’s Day has come and gone, it’s time to think about the day we celebrate our fathers. Common Father’s Day gifts include nice pens, ties and watches, but why not consider something different, like custom orthotics? Normally, custom-fitted shoes or personalized orthotics don’t make anyone’s list of best gifts of the year. For all of us here at The Active Foot Store, however, we beg to differ. Spoiling your father’s feet could be one of the best gifts you ever give him.
What Are Orthotics?
Simply put, orthotics are custom foot supports. They will look different for each person, depending on their intended use. Overall, they are designed to reduce foot pain and abate, reverse or prevent further damage and pain from taking place. While there are a good number of orthotics available for purchase over the counter, custom orthotics take foot care to an entirely different level. These provide comfort and care that uniform products fail to deliver.
How Do You Know This Will Be the Right Gift?
We get it. Not everyone thinks about addressing feet ailments on Father’s Day. Perhaps you’re not sure how to bring up the question of pain with your father. Sometimes, there is the resignation that “this is just how it is now.” Oftentimes, people don’t realize that solutions are available.
As you consider the state of your father’s feet and how to best take care of them, it may be a little confusing to know just what he needs. To help you know if custom orthotics are the right buy this year, ask yourself the following questions with your father in mind:
- Does he have any ankle, knee or low back pain?
- Does he have any calluses, corns or bunions?
- Does he have heel and/or arch pain?
- Has he been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis?
- Does he suffer from diabetic nerve pain?
If the answer to one or more of these questions is “yes,” then investing a little bit in some custom foot care is the way to go. The issues that are listed above can range from daily annoyances to debilitating pain. Regardless, each one is a reason to invest in custom orthotics that could address your father’s individual needs.
What Are the Benefits?
So, you’ve stumbled upon us and most likely confirmed that your father is in pain. The next question that may arise is, “How do orthotics help?” While it truly depends on the nature and severity of the pain, there are some broad benefits to custom orthotics pieces. They include:
- A decrease in lower back pain
- Improved foot arch
- Better shock absorption
- Improvement to and/or prevention of calluses, corns and/or fungi
How Does It Work?
After having a consultation with a certified team member, your father would most likely be fitted for one of our in-house custom shoes. If necessary, or as an extra, our team will also prepare to create the custom orthotics. Each pain point has its own solution, making it difficult to say across the board how it works. Each person receives a customized orthopedic in order to specifically address his or her needs. For example, orthotics are an excellent choice for those with leg and/or lower back pain because it provides the support that is desperately needed. In other cases, orthotics can work to alleviate pressure, cushion soles or heels or accommodate unique shaping such as bunions.
There are some other ways you can pamper your dad’s feet, too. The Active Foot Store also provides spa services administered by medical professionals. These experts can address less-painful but sometimes awkward issues such as nail fungus.
Be it shoes, orthopedics or a nice spa treatment, custom always makes the difference. When it comes to your feet, there are three factors that make custom items unique:
- Customized products are designed to meet your unique needs. There are many decent standard products available, but they aren’t going to check all of the necessary boxes like a custom piece will.
- Custom-made footwear often lasts longer. Because these pieces are made specifically for you and your exact nuances, it won’t wear out the same way as other pieces.
- Custom pieces are one of a kind. When it comes to investing in a gift, giving something that no one ever will give again is often priceless.
When it comes to Father’s Day, nothing says “I love you” quite like giving your dad the gift of pain relief. Having a custom orthotic made especially for him and his needs says more than words ever will.