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Orthotics: A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes - they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle. Custom orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole - and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet. (www.theorthoticgroup.com)
Chiropractors are trained to examine your gait and foot mechanics and obtain a custom foot mold for the orthotics. We also make sure that you are adjusted prior to the mold so that your foot and entire body has optimal mechanics prior to the molding.
Ageing Feet: Painful and uncomfortable feet are not a natural part of growing old or something to "put-up with". A lot can be done to improve comfort, relieve pain and maintain mobility not to mention reduce or even prevent foot problems.
Bone is Alive: Bone is living, responsive tissue. It is plastic having the ability to be changed based on the stresses placed on it. These stresses can be negative, resulting in dysfunctions or positive fostering a healthy support structure.
Location of Pain: Just because the pain is in your foot, knee or hip for example, doesn’t mean that the structural dysfunction is there, only there or that it began there. An injury at any given site can be set in motion by often long-term strains in other parts of the body. The injury happens where it does because of inherent weakness or previous injury, not purely and always because of local strain. Discovering these pathways and easing chronic strain at some remove from the painful portion then becomes a natural part of restoring systemic ease and order, as well as tending to prevent future injuries.
Foot Facts: The foot and the ankle have 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments between them. It is a mechanically complex structure of immense strength and it can sustain enormous loads. Simple walking transmits approximately 1-1.5 times your body weight onto the foot, and running increases this to 2-3.5 times your body weight. So, the foot, with its complex structure and ‘daily use or abuse’ has many opportunities for things to go wrong.