Should You Consider Purchasing Custom Orthotics?

In order to stand, walk or run – you need a strong foundation. This begins with the feet, which bears a great deal of the body’s weight. Many of us need assistance to balance and stabilize our feet, or help to give the body time to heal when an injury is sustained. Therefore, orthotics for the feet may be recommended.

A foot orthotic is a device, which is inserted into the shoe to help improve foot function and/or avoid injuries. Many people use orthotics to prevent ankle sprains, foot numbness or tired feet.  Used together with appropriate footwear often:

  • reduces or eliminates heel, arch and forefoot pain.
  • treats shin splints, achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, bunions and Metatarsalgia.
  • helps lower back, neck, hip and knee pain.
  • helps with pain associated with certain health conditions – arthritis and diabetes.
  • Helps patients to maintain their chiropractic adjustment.

When selecting an orthotic, there are two options – over-the-counter orthotics or custom orthotics. While over-the-counter (OTC) orthotics may help, they generally only provide support in one arch in the foot. A custom-made orthotic – such as those by Foot Levelers, provide a three arch support system. Over-supporting one arch may cause additional symptoms to develop. Additionally, an OTC orthotic generally does not address left-right imbalance or over-pronation, and can be less durable.

Your feet are unique – like your fingerprints. Therefore, if you are seeking pain-relief, preventive care or looking to enhance athletic performance, then a custom made orthotic may be your answer. Orthotics are based on 3D scans and a Doctor’s Report of Findings.

Orthotics for foot pain in conjunction with Chiropractic… A perfect fit!

Orthotics and Chiropractors treat muscle and skeletal conditions. Chiropractors are trained to determine if an orthotic would be beneficial for their patients. If necessitated, a 3D scan will be conducted and utilized to complement a treatment program. Specific mobilization and manipulation techniques, therapies and exercises are integral parts of the healing process and establishing proper body alignment.

Understanding why symptoms develop and explaining how to use orthotics are key to recovery and preventing additional injuries and/or symptoms.

Orthotics and Physical Therapy for Balance Problems

Whether you call them orthotics, insoles or shoe inserts… they help to correct foot posture, an abnormal or irregular pattern of walking, as well as balance issues. Physical Therapy – both passive and active, along with a custom-made orthotic often promotes healing and allows patients to return to their active lifestyle.

The combination of chiropractic care, physical therapy and custom orthotics can empower people to lessen their dependence on drugs.