- The foot is meant to walk on grass, dirt and sand ( natural surfaces). The combination of walking on hard flat surfaces and wearing shoes can often cause foot imbalances. Your feet have three arches which are interconnected to form the plantar vault. Custom orthotics support the more than 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in your foot. Stabilizing orthotics maintain the structure of the plantar vault to balance the entire body.
- Orthotics offer support through each phase of your gait.
- Orthotics promote optimal posture and enhance chiropractic adjustments, resulting in longer-term symptom relief.
Some common foot conditions that benefit from orthotics
- Pronation. This occurs when feet roll inwards. This can cause inward rotation of the knees and forward tilting of the pelvis causing pain in feet, knees, hips and back. Often there is uneven wear on shoes. Common injuries with people who pronate include shin splints, plantar fasciitis and bunions.
- Calluses/Hammer Toes. Calluses can form on toes, sides, heel or ball of the foot. Hammertoes result in pain or irritation in the affected toes and joints, especially when wearing shoes. They often knuckle, curl and buckle at the joints.*
- Plantar fasciitis or Heel Spurs. A painful inflammatory condition which occurs when the fibrous band of tissue on the bottom of the foot is overloaded or overstretched. The fibrous band that helps support the arch succumbs to small tears in the tissue fibers. This condition often results in a heel spur.
Over-the- counter orthotics:
- May cost less, but they only support one arch in your foot and often overcorrect causing more harm than good. When only one arch is being supported it will not maintain the structure of your plantar vault and problems can start in other parts of your body.
- Do not provide custom support throughout your gait.
- Just provide more cushioning, designed to treat the symptoms rather than the underlying problem
- Offer generic solutions for a number of foot conditions.
- Provide questionable durability so you may spend more money over time replacing them.