Orthotics are a great way to help with issues related to abnormal alignment of the spine, pelvis, knees, ankles and feet. They can help to support the bones in the foot and ankle, which maintains proper function and alleviates stress to other areas of the body which may be prone to aggravation or injury. Custom foot orthotics also cushion your feet, providing comfort which relieves fatigue and promotes proper circulation to areas of increased pressure.
We utilize a state of the art 3D foot scanner from Foot Levelers, that not only maps the contours of your feet; but also identifies those areas of increased or abnormal pressure. With this scan a professionally designed and created orthotic is built to the exact specifications that each foot requires.
How Do Orthotics Work?
Custom foot orthotics are specially-made devices that fit inside most shoes. They match the contours of your feet precisely, and are designed for the way you move. Supports built into the orthotics target the three arches of the feet. (Three arches? Yes! There are actually three.) Those three arches are the medial longitudinal arch (the inside arch everyone sees), the lateral longitudinal arch, and the transverse arch (at the end of your foot by your toes. In addition to supporting the arches other customization may include: heel lifts to address a functional or structural short leg, lateral wedges to correct alignment of the ankle, specialized heel pads to further cushion heel spurs or alleviate plantar fasciitis, and many more.
Orthotics are beneficial for everyone, not just those experiencing discomfort. As a supportive device they act in the same way as the lumbar (low back) support in your chair, which maintains proper alignment and function of the small bones in your feet. For those experiencing pain or discomfort, especially in the feet, knees, hips or low back; orthotics will aid in reinforcing proper movement patterns restored after chiropractic treatment of those areas.
Custom orthotics can be designed to be interchangeable from shoe to shoe, or specifically ordered for a specific type of footwear or activity. No matter the purpose you will know that they are specifically built for you and your needs, unlike the 'one-size-fits-all' inserts that often aggravate the very problem they were supposed to help.
Do you think you might benefit from custom foot orthotics? Please let us know and we will be happy to do a free foot scan to determine if they are appropriate for you.