What part of your body suffers the most physical stress daily? If you guessed your feet, you're right. Most foot pain is the result of faulty alignment and function of bones and muscles of your feet. These imbalances cause excess stress on the knees, hips and lower back. Whether you are walking a mile, running a marathon, hunting in the woods, or playing a leisurely game of golf, it is essential that your feet, knees and hips are properly aligned to prevent injury and help you perform your best.
If you are looking to purchase a custom foot orthotic then we can help you. Sometimes a good high quality custom orthotic is one the best things you can do for the health of your feet. The foot is composed of 26 bones and numerous joints so it is prone to conditions that not only cause pain but also affect the knee, hip and spine. The good news is many of these conditions are preventable and even correctable simply by caring for the structure and functioning level of your feet. The most common foot problems occur due to fallen (flattened) arches. 'Flat feet' is another common term for this condition. Other common culprits involved in foot pain include misaligned bones, as well as inflamed joints and nerves. A high quality custom foot orthotic may be all that is needed to relieve all these problems.
Goals of Custom Foot Orthotics:
- Decrease Shock
- Realign the Foot
- Absorb Shearing Forces
- Control Pronation (Foot Flattening)
Who Can Benefit From an Orthotic?
- a traumatic injury to the foot
- jobs that require prolonged walking/working on hard surfaces
- poor sole and arch support / improper footwear that spend a lot of time on their feet or run regularly
- biomechanical differences such as flat feet/pronation or high arches/supination
- leg length differences
- plantar fasciitis
- knee pain
- hip pain
- back pain
Rigid vs. Semi-Rigid Foot Orthotics
One of the most important qualities of a custom foot orthotic is how firm (rigid) it is. This directly describes if the orthotic is capable of giving and bending beneath the weight of your foot. Some custom orthotics are too rigid for your foot and can actually cause pain and additional damage. This will then turn people away from a great service they may need but have not had a good experience with.
Foot Levelers custom orthotics are semi-rigid. They are not extremely stiff or too soft. The majority of the rigidity is built in where you need it – typically in the heel and inner arch of your foot. If you have a fallen arch (over-pronation), this will correct your main problem instantly. The forefoot of Foot Levelers is very flexible. The semi-rigidity has some give beneath your weight yet provides ample support to correct the structure of your feet. Semi-rigid is one of the best ways to go for people purchasing orthotics.
Fitting Foot Orthotics
In order for foot orthotics to have a great effect on foot pain and dysfunction, they need to be custom made. This means the structure of all 26 bones, 33 joints and 4 arches are accounted for in the construction of the foot orthotic. This is accomplished by laser scanning each foot in the standing position. It is performed in a weight bearing position as to mimic proper foot orientation and maximize foot function. Other orthotics are made in a non-weight bearing-position which does not allow for proper fitting.
Purchasing custom foot orthotics should be an investment in your comfort for years to come. Make sure the orthotic you purchase can withstand many years of use as our feet take a hammering every day. We choose Foot Levelers as they are made of great material and you will not be buying another pair in a few months due to wear and tear. Investing into your footwear is a smart choice.
How to Obtain Foot Orthotics
Capital Chiropractic Center is committed to helping you get better. Come in for a free consultation if you are looking for foot pain relief. If custom orthotics is something you are interested in, AND the Doctors feel it is something that you would benefit from, we will do everything from there. During the consultation, we will evaluate the structure of your feet, as well as your complaints, to determine if orthotics can help. We can also show you orthotic samples and answer any questions you may have. If you would like to proceed with getting your feet scanned, we can do so at that time. Orders typically arrive within one to two weeks. When your orthotics arrive, you will come back for a second appointment to pick up your order and receive instruction on how to begin wearing them. After that, hopefully we won't have to see your feet for some time!