Custom orthotics may be just what you need to provide you with foot pain relief. If you're an athlete, custom orthotics help to prevent injuries to your lower extremities. Our chiropractor at Herron Family Chiropractic in Bowmanville, ON can fit you with custom orthotics.
What Are Custom Orthotics?
These are not the packaged shoe inserts sold at large retail stores, pharmacies, and sporting goods stores. Instead, custom orthotics are devices that are specially molded for your feet based using a careful evaluation process. This process takes into account the principles of biomechanics and how the movement of your ankles, knees, and hips affect your feet and your lower back.
Our chiropractor examines your feet, notes how you walk, and takes measurements. We ask about kinds of activities you participate in and the level of your activity. We take an image of your foot and/or the weight-bearing parts of your body. Then we send it to a trusted lab that makes the orthotic.
These carefully crafted products for your shoes are made of high-quality materials, which last longer than the inserts sold in stores. However, they may require modification from time to time based on changes in your feet.
Who Benefits from Custom Orthotics?
Orthotics can be crafted for one or more of the pairs of shoes you wear (everyday, dress, athletic), and address several foot, ankle, and body issues. One of these issues is lower back pain. When you walk or run, your lumbar spine and pelvis use your lower extremities for balance. Leg and foot abnormalities may disrupt this necessary biomechanical process and, therefore, cause you back pain.
Other health conditions that may be helped by these custom shoe products are foot ulcers in diabetics, bottom-of-the-foot calluses, bursitis, and tendinitis. Bunion pain and the heel pain of plantar fasciitis may also ease when custom foot products are used.
Likewise, children with foot abnormalities may also get a prescription for them. People who are obese or who spend many hours standing may also find relief if they use these devices for their feet.
Athletes' feet come under a lot of stress and that can make their body's muscles susceptible to injury. That's because muscles compensate for imbalances. Custom orthotics provide our athlete clients with support that helps them avoid unnecessary injury.
When to See a Chiropractor
If you have tried over-the-counter shoe inserts and they haven't given you foot pain relief, it's time to schedule an examination with us. Contact Herron Family Chiropractic in Bowmanville, ON at (905) 623-5509 for an appointment to discuss custom orthotics.