When we think of our feet we could compare them to the foundation of a house. If there is a problem with the foundation then other issues of structural or functional integrity arise sooner or later. There is no avoiding it. Virtually all of us are born with perfect feet. That quickly changes for most of us and by the age of 20 years approximately 80% of us have developed some form of foot impairment. Many reasons exist for the sore and poorly functioning feet that so many of us walk on all day long. Are any of these few examples familiar to you or someone you know:
- Poor foot wear( old shoes that have long since seen their best days, flip flops )
- No foot wear ( hours every day just kicking around, especially on hard floors )
- Long shifts at work on concrete or other hard surfaces, especially in hard soled safety shoes.
- Remember the house foundation analogy above? Custom orthotics encourage proper foot alignment to improve knee, hip, pelvic, and spinal posture. Custom orthotics encourage proper movement and function of the foot while supporting all three, yes that’s right, all three arches.
- Custom orthotics act as shock absorbers thereby reducing soft tissue vibration in the feet and legs. This alters muscle activation and thus reduces fatigue in the legs and feet.
- Anatomical leg length differences can be compensated.
- Sensory feedback from the ground is much improved. This has been scientifically proven to reduce the likelihood of falls and to help in better overall performance at work, home, and play.
Who Can Benefit?
As children develop so does their gait ( walking ) cycle. Those children with foot impairment develop abnormal gait cycles which can in turn lead to poor muscle development, poor posture, and poor balance. There is a reason why we see children who seem to be always tripping over their own feet.
Foot impairment will always lead to altered gait cycle. This will eventually lead to added wear and tear on other structures like the knee and hip. We call this the KINETIC CHAIN. With proper foot support, this certain break down can be avoided. Who knows? Maybe there would be a few less hip and knee replacement surgeries.
Commonly, clients present after problems have already become well established. Not to worry. By beginning immediately, we can assess and successfully address these concerns.
As we age we enjoy the privilege of multiple health challenges. Lifelong use, and sometimes abuse, produce arthritic changes. Loss of bone calcium in both women and men makes bones more brittle. Custom foot orthotics provide enhanced shock absorption, postural correction, and enhanced balance and support.
Benefits specific to athletes include the protection of the feet during activity. As well, scientists have demonstrated proven increases in strength, vertical leap, and balance. As an example, golfers have demonstrated up to 10% greater driving distance while wearing custom foot orthotics versus not. Not only will your feet be thankful but you will also be maximizing performance.
Diabetics: Those who are struggling to cope with elevated blood glucose levels are at greater risk for other, serious related problems. Due to diabetic related vascular and neuropathic changes in the lower limbs there is greater risk of sores, blisters, and ulceration of the skin. By maintaining even weight distribution we know that the incidence of skin irritation and erosion is reduced, thereby avoiding these dangerous foot lesions. Custom foot orthotics must be part of the active management of these issues.
Body weight or more correctly Body Mass Index ( BMI ) is one of the best reflections of our state of health. Regular physical activity, is the best way to maintain a healthy BMI. If we have sore feet it is really hard to get motivated towards exercise. Much has been written above about all of the important reasons for the use of custom foot orthotics. Having Happy Feet is not the least of them.
Products and Procedures
Our assessment process at Back to Health Chiropractic includes a postural analysis, a functional gait analysis, and a digital scan of your feet. This information is collectively processed to determine the exact composition and design of your customized pair of foot orthotics.
For over 25 years our clinic has been providing custom orthotics from Foot Levelers Inc. A wide choice of products are available including inserts for all styles of footwear. Several styles of summer sandals for both ladies and men with custom orthotics built in are very popular.
Guarantee: Our Doctors at Back to Health Chiropractic will do everything possible to ensure that your custom foot orthotics work for you. We are so confident in the product and service we provide that we guarantee your satisfaction. If, after every reasonable effort has been made to provide you with the product that works for you, you are still not satisfied your fee will be refunded.
If you are concerned or maybe just curious about why your feet are sore when you first get out bed in the morning or why after sitting to rest for 15 or 20 minutes your feet are painfully stiff when you first stand, call for a no charge consultation. One of our Doctors will listen to your concerns and together we will determine if the Back to Health Chiropractic approach is right for you.