Orthotics are a great way to help with issues related to walking and alignment. Some of these include but are not limited to knee, foot, and lower back pain. The need for orthotics is often related to an issue with the natural functioning of the foot. Orthotics will often help to realign the bones within the foot and ankle and therefore take pressure of other parts of the body such as the back, neck, shoulders, and hips. In addition, orthotics will help with distributing your weight properly and take further pressure off the toes, bunions, and other parts of the foot.
Orthotics are really for anyone with an issue or discomfort relating to walking or imbalances in the body that are known to cause related pain. The great benefit of orthotics is that they can be worn on a daily basis and be utilized during most activities to take further stress of the body.
I am often asked by patients if they would benefit from custom orthotics. While some patients have marked imbalances in the arches of their feet and would definitely benefit, I have seen many patients with only mild imbalances who obtained great results with orthotics. As the feet form the base and support of your whole body, I would actually suggest them to everyone, regardless of your current health situation. I believe that supporting the arches of your feet can help immensely in slowing down the breakdown of the arches as you age.
I have used many brands of custom orthotics over the years, and by far, the best results have been obtained with those made by Foot Levelers, Inc. Many companies I have tried resulted in patients having long break-in periods, complaints about comfort, and other issues. With Foot Levelers I have rarely had any of these problems and the few I have had were resolved by the company as they have fantastic support.
As custom made orthotics may have a profound effect on the overall functioning of your body I offer a free 3D laser scan of the feet to all of my patients. This new technology allows me to see the alignment of your feet to determine if orthotics may be of benefit. If you have not had your scan, feel free to ask for to have your feet scanned.
Orthotics can often be prescribed by your chiropractor and can last about two years in most cases. This is a great investment into your overall health and well being via a biomechanical standpoint.