What Do My Feet Have To Do With It?
Can a house with no foundation ever be solid? A tree that grows crooked will never straighten its trunk.
Our feet are the foundation of our body. Any instabilities that arise will translate up the entire kinetic chain.
When small problems develop in your feet, subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. These changes can put stress on joints higher up in your body, and lead to more serious problems.
How Do Orthotics Help?
Properly made orthotics are custom molded to support your feet and your entire body. They help restore the normal balance and alignment of your body by gently correcting foot abnormalities.
Custom orthotics can correct problems associated with:
- pressure points
- muscle strain
- abnormal forces on the ankles, knees, hips, and spine
Custom orthotics can bring you relief from fatigue and pain.
Fascinating Foot Facts:
- 25% of the bones in your body are in your feet
- the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day
- the average person will walk over 100,000 miles in their lifetime, or more than 4 trips around the world
So How Do We Maintain A Solid Base?
Movement is life. The more physically active we are, the more fluid joints will be, blood flow is better and cartilage stays healthier longer.
Maintain healthy movement in joints and muscles by visiting a chiropractor regularly. Regular spinal check-ups, much like a dentist appointment, will lead to detecting misalignments before compensation or pain occurs.
Purchase quality shoes. A solid base with shock absorptive qualities is important.
Orthotics: specially casted to your feet, and are an excellent way to provide additional stability and support.
- are made of memory plastic and are thin enough to fit in most shoes.
- last from 1-3 years, and usually need replacing due to the friction and wearing out on the bottom of the support.
What Conditions Can Orthotics Help?
- plantar fasciitis -lower back, hip, knee, foot pain
- shin splints -abnormal gait
- sacroiliac joint inflammation -pes planus (flat feet)
- bunions -patellar femoral syndrome
- Achilles tendonitis -heel spurs
- diabetic neuropathy
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