Reduce Foot, Knee, and Low Back Pain with Custom Orthotics

I like to run outdoors year round. Music pumping through my ear buds, I revel in the opportunity to be alone with my thoughts and forget about the stresses of work and life in general. Being in Michigan, weather conditions can be less than ideal at times, but the snow doesn’t stop me. My sore shins, however, have stopped me dead in my tracks. That is, until I started using custom orthotics – not just for runners, but for me, they were a lifesaver.

If you think of your feet as shock absorbers for your body, you can imagine that even the smallest issue in your foot can lead to injury or pain up into your legs. Here’s where the orthotics come in. These nifty support devices are inserts that go in your shoes and their purpose is to reduce stress by providing support for your feet. But, orthotics aren’t just for foot pain – they help ankles, shins, and knees too, and they make standing, walking, and running more comfortable. From young runners and athletes to an aging population with joint pain, everyone can benefit from an orthotic to make whatever they’re doing more comfortable.

Custom orthotics aren’t just for tennis shoes, I have a pair for my shopping shoes too. Nothing slows down a good day of bargain hunting like sore feet!


Made by ankle & foot specialists, podiatrists, and physical therapists, the custom made orthotics provided by Northern include a variety of different styles, fits, and impressions. When we work with clients on custom orthotics we start by placing their foot in a box of foam to make an impression. We then take measurements and pictures of their lower body so we can send them to Biocorrect where the final details are added in their lab.

These are as custom as you can get, made just for your feet!

Not only is Biocorrect the best when it comes to custom foot orthotics, but they are also made locally, right here in Grand Rapids, MI. We’re big fans of supporting local businesses, so this partnership is ideal.

I recently had custom orthotics put in a new pair of amazingly cute, but not-so-comfortable high heels and now I can wear them all day at the clinic with no pain at all. The support is great!


Orthotics are helpful for pain throughout your body and ideal for multiple diagnoses. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, orthotics may be a great solution for you!

  • Plantar fasciitis or heel pain
  • Bunions, corns, or calluses
  • Foot & knee pain, ankle sprains & instability, or stress fractures
  • Low back pain or sacroiliac dysfunction
  • Low or high arches
  • Leg length variances, bowed legs, or knocked knees
  • Surgeries, sprains, or injuries
  • Pelvic alignment changes
  • Tendonitis of the foot, knee, or hip
  • Neuromas
  • Arthritic deformities
  • Weak or tight ankle, knee or hip musculature

Northern is a very active company with staff members at each of our five clinics regularly participating in sports and recreational activities including running, soccer, skiing, softball, and walking programs. Due to our active lifestyles, we understand the importance of taking care of our bodies from the ground up. We also work closely with area running stores, athletes of all ages, and people who suffer from pain in their feet, knees, low back, etc.

If you are interested in getting a pair of custom foot orthotics, call any of our five clinics and set up an appointment.

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