Chiropractors use specific mobilization and manipulation techniques to the feet to ensure that areas of restricted movement are released, which will have an effect on how your feet are functioning and will help your problem resolve better. It doesn’t make sense to just put an orthotic in a shoe without using both manipulation to clear the restrictions in your foot, and give specific exercises to strengthen the supportive musculature. For example, if you came to us complaining of back pain, we would not just give you a back support belt and leave you to it. We would combine manipulation and exercise in order to try and restore you back to full and normal function and give you an exercise program to strengthen the supportive core musculature. We apply the same principle to all muscle- and joint problems, which works really well.
Custom orthotics are medical devices that are manufactured to address your unique biomechanical needs and gait imbalances. They are crafted by skilled technicians at The Orthotic Group based on a foam cast of your foot, along with detailed clinical findings from your healthcare provider. Custom orthotics fit comfortably into shoes with laces or straps by simply removing the existing manufacturer’s insole and replacing it with your device. They help your body restore a natural balance and normal movement patterns, thereby reducing strain, pain and discomfort. For optimal results, a custom orthotic should be worn on a daily basis inside quality, supportive footwear. Dr. Pearson will provide specific instructions on how to gradually increase wearing time for activities of daily living and/or for specific activities such as running or sports. Over time, custom orthotics prescribed by your healthcare practitioner will bring you relief from excessive pressure points, fatigue and pain, allowing you to enjoy daily activities once again.
Symptoms of poor foot biomechanics may include one or more of the following:
- Localized foot pain
- Hammer toes
- Arch pain
- Heel pain
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Low back pain
The key to better health could be right under your toes! Like the foundation of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, subtle changes can occur in the entire framework of your body. These changes cause a chain reaction throughout your posture while you stand and walk, placing excess stress and strain on joints, muscles and tendons in the feet, knees, hips or even the low back
Fascinating Foot Facts:
- The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons. The 52 bones in your feet make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your body
- The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps each day.
- The average person will walk over 100,000 miles in their lifetime, or more than four trips around the world!
- Women have four times as many foot problems as men, mainly due to poor fitting footwear including high heels.
- More than 75% of the population will experience foot problems in their lifetime.