If you are a runner, or know anyone who is, you’ve probably heard about orthotics inserted inside the shoe to add cushioning, provide arch support, and help relieve foot pain by taking pressure off sore spots such as the heels and the balls of the feet.
Bear in mind that the body’s weight-bearing joints (ankles, knees, hips, pelvis, lower back, and neck) are connected in a chain that begins at the feet. If the feet are out of balance, then every joint, connecting muscle, tendon, and ligament will also be out of balance. These can become injured over time, and produce pain in the feet as well as other areas of the body.
While there are over-the-counter orthotics that come in basic men’s and women’s shoe sizes, and last for about 6-9 months, our custom-made Foot Levelers orthotics provide years of an effective and long-lasting solution.
For starters, the Foot Levelers orthotics are custom-created to the specific form of your feet. A digital scan is taken to determine how your feet are structured and to identify any imbalances that are causing pain. Using this data, we then determine which stabilizers are right for you, based on your activity level and the type of shoes you will wear. Foot Levelers orthotics can be customized to fit comfortably in sneakers and athletic wear, as well as dress shoes and high heels.
By correcting imbalances in the feet, Foot Levelers also help to stabilize the spine, pelvis, hips and lower back, creating a solid foundation for proper posture, reducing foot pain, and enhancing your body’s overall performance. They support all three arches of the foot, which naturally weaken with age, and realign the feet and ankles to function more effectively during weight-bearing and propulsion.
And unlike over-the-counter orthotics, Foot Levelers will last for several years.
Orthotics are a great way to help with issues related to walking and alignment, including knee, foot, and lower back pain. They can help to realign the bones in the foot and ankle, and take stress off other parts of the body, such as the back, neck, shoulders, and hips. Custom foot orthotics also cushion your feet, provide comfort, support your arches, and evenly distribute your body weight to eliminate pressure on your feet.
How Do Orthotics Work?
Custom foot orthotics are specially-made devices that fit inside most shoes. They match the contours of your feet precisely, and are designed for the way you move.
Orthotics can help anyone with discomfort relating to walking, or imbalances in the body that are known to cause related pain. A tremendous benefit of custom orthotics is that they can be worn on a daily basis and utilized during most activities.
Custom orthotics can be prescribed by your chiropractor, and last well over a year in most cases. While over-the-counter shoe inserts are available at most drugstores, they lack the custom-built precision of a prescription orthotic. These ‘one-size-fits-all’ inserts rarely match your feet well, or provide the customized support you need.
Interested in incorporating orthotics into your treatment plan? Contact your trusted chiropractor and schedule an appointment to discuss how custom orthotics might ease your discomfort.