Custom Made Feet Orthotics
Feet orthotics are more than just a comfort feature. They can greatly enhance the biomechanics of our bodies. Your feet have direct impact on the rest of your body and support you with each step. By stabilizing and balancing your feet orthotics enhance your body,s performance and efficiency, reduce pain, and contribute to your total body wellness.
When foot imbalance is present, there is a negative impact on the knees, hips, pelvis, and spine. Some patients must have these abnormal forces reduced before they can achieve improved spinal function. Even the pain you feel in your neck could be caused by a misalignment in your spine that is from unbalanced positioning in your feet.
During standing and walking, our bodies are subjected to natural forces and postures that can inflict mechanical stress and strain throughout the interrelated chain of joints and muscles.
Running is especially stressful to the body and more often than not many runners experience injuries related to this activity. The cause of running injuries are almost always multi-factorial. In addition to spinal and lower extremity subluxations, contributory elements often include muscle imbalances, foot wear problems, and gait asymmetries. Almost all of these issues can be cleared up with proper assessment and custom made feet orthotics.
Postural Effects from Imbalances in the Feet
Excessive rotation of the bones of the leg (tibia and femur) will cause unnecessary stresses on the knee as well as twisting of the pelvis and spine. If the pronation is more prevalent on one side, there can be a resultant unleveling of the pelvis and a functional scoliosis.
Tilting of the pelvis can place tension on muscles and connective tissues which can eventually lead to chronic back problems or arthritis in joints. Addressing health concerns with corrective foot supports decreases the pain and discomfort experienced within the core stabilizing structure of the body.
Benefits of Custom Made Orthotics
Custom made feet orthotics stabilize the foundation of the pelvis and spine by first addressing structural problems with the feet. By reducing abnormal forces and stresses, while enhancing structural and functional relationships custom foot supports, such as orthotics, bring back a natural balance to the body.
Furthermore, properly fitted custom orthotics support the foot to control excessive and unwanted pronation, walking on the inside arch of the foot, and supination, walking on the outside edge of the foot. This helps reduce stress on placed on the body. Improving the shock absorption of the feet gives way to the repetitive stress on joints and muscles thus permitting smoother function and decreasing arthritic symptoms.
Using custom feet orthotics represents a long-term, yet cost-effective intervention for many types of functional and structural problems. They are notably helpful for the comfort and care of more serious problems like arthritis or diabetes. Other conditions that are affected positively with the use of orthotics are:
- Chronic Neck Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Sacroiliac Joint Pain
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Short Leg
- Shin Splints
- Ankle Pain
- Heel Spurs
- Taking Care of Kids' Posture
- Foot Problems
- Sports Injuries and Performance
- Patellofemoral Pain
- Iliotibial Band Friction
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
Wearing custom made foot orthotics inside your shoes is similar to placing a shim beneath the leg of a wobbly table: it adds support to eliminate unwanted motion in the entire structure. They encourage optimal muscle and nerve function by guiding the feet through a more normal pattern with each step taken.
Even if your feet don't hurt, they may be contributing to your overall postural balance. If you,re having pain or discomfort in a specific area of your body; anywhere from your feet to your neck contact us to learn how custom made orthotics may help bring you long-term relief.
Contact us today to schedule you computerized foot scan and biomechanical analysis.
If your healthplan is other than Greenshield, you should ask the following questions:
- Do I need a medical/MD referral for orthotics?
- Can a chiropractor cast and dispense my orthotics?
- Is there a maximum amount?
- Some plans require preapproval or an estimate to be submitted.
- Is the amount for an orthotic device or shoes?
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