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ORTHOTICS

Most people think that foot pain is normal. Let's change that with custom orthotics from Wellness Chiropractic. Your feet are the foundation of your body. They support you when you stand, walk, or run and they help protect your spine, bones, and soft tissues from damaging stress as you move through your day. Your feet perform better when all their muscles, arches, and bones are in their ideal stable positions. 

Orthotics are worn in your shoes to provide correction for your feet and help them function more efficiently. Poor foot function and alignment may be the cause of a number of different problems you may experience including:  foot pain, hip pain, knee pain or back pain. Prescription orthotics help to relieve your pain by realigning and stabilizing the bones in your feet which then restore a natural walking gait so your body moves more efficiently. 

Some signs that you may be suffering from abnormal foot function are:

  • Your feet are sore on a regular basis
  • Standing, walking, or running gives you joint pain in your ankles, knees, hips or back.
  • You have visible foot problems such as bunions, fallen arches, or corns
  • You have knock-knees, bow legs or you “toe out” when you walk
  • Your shoes wear out quickly or unevenly.

Other reasons to consider wearing custom orthotics are:

  • You spend a good portion of the day standing or walking on hard surface
  • You are over 40 years old.
  • You have a history of plantar fascitis or shin splints
  • Your parents had foot related symptoms.
  • You play a sport regularly such as tennis, basketball, golf or running 
  • One of your legs is shorter than the other.

Wellness Chiropractic uses The GaitScan System to analyze your feet and the way you walk. Our office utilizes a state of the art computer program which helps us assess and analyze your feet. This analysis combined with our experience and knowledge will detect abnormal foot function which may be affecting your feet or causing discomfort and symptoms elsewhere in your body.

The analysis is simple but the information gained is quite remarkable. As you walk across a pressure plate, thousands of tiny sensors capture the distribution of pressure of your foot while in motion. From your step, the computer displays 2D and 3D visual representations of the pressures under your foot. You can easily see where your feet are not functioning correctly. The information is then summarized in a report.

This report helps us evaluate your foot function and determine if the pain you are experiencing is related to faulty foot function. If we find you would benefit from orthotic therapy, we can then design custom made orthotics which are manufactured specifically for you and your feet. 

It is worth mentioning that early detection is important to avoid pain and injury to the ankles, knees and hips. Waiting until we experience pain may mean that a condition has been present for some time and has caused permanent damage to a joint. In this cause, we can often prevent the problem from advancing by correcting the mechanics of your body so that your movement no longer stresses the affected joint. But a much better approach is to prevent injury by correcting imbalances before damage occurs. 

If you’d like more information on custom orthotics, please call for a free consultation. We would be happy to share how this high tech approach to restoring foot function could help you.

Happy Feet = Happy Body