BETHESDA, Md. – A poll conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recently, found that 55% of Americans missed a day of work because of foot problems. Now, there’s some promising news. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association custom orthotics have a 68 percent success rate of relieving foot discomfort and keeping people from missing work.
In the study, one hundred and twenty-two police officers from the New York City Police Department, walking an average of 3 miles per day, wore custom made orthotics for up to 5 weeks for an average of 7 hours per day. After 5 weeks, it was concluded that wearing shoe insoles significantly reduced the amount of tiredness in the feet at the end of the workday. In fact, 70 percent said they continue wearing the insoles after the study.