Orthotics are shaped insoles placed inside shoes with the purpose of restoring natural foot movement. This is necessary when the natural balance of our lower body has been disrupted by, for instance, over pronation. Many common problems such as heel pain, knee pain and lower back pain can be caused by poor foot mechanics.
Chiropractors treat the whole body and can determine how the use of orthotics can complement your treatment, for example a back, hip, knee or ankle problem. Chiropractors use specific mobilization and manipulation techniques for the feet to ensure that areas of restricted movement are released, which will then have an effect on how your feet are functioning and will help your problem resolve faster. It doesn’t make sense to just put an orthotic in a shoe without both using manipulation to clear the restrictions in your foot and give specific exercises to strengthen the supportive musculature.
Orthotics do much more than support the arches of the feet. Orthotics realign the feet and ankles and restore deficient foot function. In addition orthotics enable a more even weight distribution, taking pressure off sore spots at the heels, balls of the feet, between toes, at bunions and soles of the feet. They also provide a degree of shock absorption. By improving foot function orthotics can reduce pain and prevent problems and injuries in the future.
Orthotics are not just used for foot and ankle pain. They are also used to help you if you have knee, hip and back pain. By aligning the foot correctly they distribute the forces more evenly through the foot, ankle, knee, hip and back.
Biomechanical problems affecting the feet can increase stresses within the foot structures and surrounding soft tissues creating calluses, bunions, corns and blisters. This can create localised pain in the feet and ankles as well as problems in the lower limbs, knees, hips and back.
Orthotics allow joints to be aligned correctly and promote efficient transmission of the forces of standing, walking, jogging, running and jumping. As a result, orthotics help to:
Health First Chiropractic takes a holistic approach to any biomechanical problem. They understand that the problem may not always be located around the area of pain. In some cases the problem may lie in a number of areas such as pelvic dysfunction, leg length discrepancies, tight or poorly toned muscles as well as poor posture. Orthotics can be used to improve posture and accommodate for leg length discrepancy.
Health First Chiropractic works with Foot Levelers Inc. a leading supplier of orthotics for over 50 years. Footlevelers creates custom-made, flexible orthotics to match each patient’s unique needs. For more information about Foot Levelers please visit their web site www.footlevelers.com