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Orthotics also known as insoles, orthoses or shoe inserts, are designed to correct foot posture and abnormal or irregular walking patterns. They are not just ‘arch supports’, although this term is often used to describe them. They perform functions that make your everyday activities more comfortable and efficient, by altering the angles at which the feet strike the ground when standing, walking, jogging, running and jumping.
You don’t have to have pain in your feet to benefit from orthotics. Wearing orthotics could help you improve your athletic performance by improving your mechanical advantage throughout what is called the kinenetic chain.
Orthotics are customized (made for you) insoles placed inside shoes with the purpose of restoring natural foot movement and balance. This is necessary when the natural balance of our lower body has been disrupted leading to poor foot mechanics. Common complaints such as arch pain, calf pain, heel pain, knee pain, hip pain and lower back pain can be caused by poor foot mechanics.
Traditionally most people have gone to a podiatrist or chiropodist to have orthotics fitted. Chiropractors are trained in the diagnosis of mechanical foot problems and in the of fitting custom orthotics. Furthermore, 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 and perhaps remove the perceived need for orthotics. Adjusting the foot to clear the restrictions in your foot and adding specific stretches and exercises to strengthen the supportive musculature is absolutely necessary when treating lower extremity mechanical dysfunction.
The best orthotic is one designed and customized to your feet and how they move. This is best done in a clinic with the treating chiropractor who can customize your orthotics.
Chiropractors will check your foot posture, using certain tests checking how the individual bones and joints in your feet move in order to determine if orthotics would be a solution to your problem.
The correction of poor foot biomechanics and the use of orthotics can improve the following conditions:
Achilles’ tendonitis, metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot), sesamoiditis, toe pain, ankle pain, tibialis dysfunction, impingement syndrome, plantar fasciitis, neuroma, tendonitis, policeman’s heel, heel spurs, pronation, bunions, shin pain including compartment syndrome and shin splints. Knee pain including chondromalacia patellae, patellofemoral syndrome.
Most health insurance benefits cover custom foot orthotics with many companies renewing coverage January 1st. To find out if custom orthotics are right for you, schedule an orthotic examination with a chiropractor near you.