Instability in your feet can result in heel pain/plantar fasciitis, unequal leg length, muscle imbalance, low back pain, knee or hip pain, or pain in the ball of foot or arch. Custom orthotics are used for correction of a condition called flat feet. This eliminates the need for your body to compensate for misalignment anywhere in your lower extremity and eliminates pain. Investing in a pair of orthotics can supply immediate comfort, correct irregular foot pronations, and enhance sports performance.
Benefits of Orthotics
Utilizing orthotics gives the area of you body under performing an increase of support and stabilization. Combining both osteopathy and orthotics together can allow a person to enhance performance quicker than just one or the other.
- Improved mobility and balance
- Relieve lower back and body pain
- Reduce fatigue
- Improves alignment
- Maximizes quality of life
- Reduces possible need of medication/surgery
- Overall performance enhancement
How Osteopathy Can Help Foot Issues Through Orthotics
Orthotics are often created without having the patient’s foot musculoskeletal mechanics off, this combination often leads to incorrectly fit orthotics and possibly more lower extremity issues.
Osteopathy care helps promote strength and healing by working on its entirety. When orthotics are coupled with Osteopathy, patients are able to achieve a greater feeling of stability. Combining both practices yields positive results because of its non invasive approach and emphasis on catering to the specifics of each individual patient’s needs.
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Foot Instability and Diagnoses
Basic movements such as walking requires your foot to move side to side, also called your foot pronation. Natural Pronation is the desired and normal motion of an individual’s foot. Weight and force are equally distributed throughout the feet and lower extremities when walking or landing. However, there are several abnormal variations. Over pronation occurs when the ankle rolls both downward and inward with each step, as a result, the big toe and second toe overcompensate taking on all the weight causing the foot to twist with each step. This stress on the tibia in the lower leg can lead to shin splints, knee pain, and pain around one’s heel. Under pronation occurs when the foot rolls slightly outward with each step. The force from one’s stride isn’t transferred off the big toe resulting in extra stress on the smaller toes and the outside of both feet. Having high rigid arches can result in ankle issues, Plantar Fasciitis, and various other injuries.
Determining whether you have pronation, overpronation, or underpronation can be key to relieving any pain. At the Osteopathic Wellness Center, we may recommend custom-made foot orthotics (shoe inserts) when needed to help your feet function in their optimal, neutral position. We work directly with ComfortFit Orthotics to fit you for any occasion.
ComfortFit Orthotics supplies an array of orthotics designed for your comfort and can cater any occasion. ComfortFit Ortotics are only made from quality materials with a focus on the customers satisfaction and comfort. When getting your new orthotics, all the biomechanics of the patient’s foot are taken into account. ComfortFit’s quality assurance program creates a standard of excellence not found in most orthotic labs. This insures that your patients’ orthotics are accurate each and every time.
Orthotic types range from:
- Shell Modifications
- Pediatric and Adult Functional Orthotics
- Graphite Composites
- Leather and Cork Orthotics