What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are shaped insoles that go inside shoes, with the intent to restore natural foot movement. This becomes necessary when the natural balance of the lower body is disrupted. This imbalance has negative effects not only on the feet, but also throughout the spine. Many common complaints of heel pain, knee pain, and even lower back pain are caused by poor foot mechanics.
Dr. Dave and his staff at Rise Chiropractic, located in Jacksonville, Florida, have received specialized training to determine if patients would benefit from custom orthotics. Doctors of chiropractic treat the entire body, and therefore can determine how custom foot orthotics can help a patient’s response to chiropractic treatment, including ailments such as back, hip, knee, or ankle pain.
Feet often reflect your general health. Abnormalities or pain in the feet can often signal more serious health conditions. Eighty percent of Americans over 21 have reported having a foot ailment. Dr. Dave will use specific mobilization and manipulation techniques to the feet and ankles to make sure that any areas of restricted movement are treated. This ultimately plays a role in how the feet function. This is also why Dr. Dave is an expert in custom foot orthotics.
Not all people need orthotics, but when chiropractic adjustments and exercises aren’t achieving the desired result, custom orthotics from Rise Chiropractic are an amazing resource. Custom foot orthotics help prevent injury while ligaments and muscles in the feet strengthen. They are specifically molded to each patient’s feet.
Orthotics realign the feet and ankles, while restoring deficient foot function. They also help evenly distribute weight, while taking pressure off of the heels, balls of the feet, toes, and soles. Through this, they help absorb shock. However, the main purpose of an orthotic insole is to improve foot function while reducing pain and preventing future injuries.
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Benefits of Orthotics
Biomechanical problems impacting the feet can create stress throughout the body. Foot orthotics help properly align the joints, while evenly distributing the weight so that the forces of standing, walking, jogging, running, and jumping are easier on the body.
Foot orthotics are proven to have the following benefits:
- Pain reduction
- Balance support
- Better positioning of the feet
- Pressure relief on the feet and spine
- Improve overall biomechanical functioning of the feet
- Improve pelvic alignment
- Decrease pressure on the spine
- Improved posture
Orthotics may help treat these specific conditions:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot)
- Toe pain
- Ankle pain
- Tibialis dysfunction
- Impingement syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
- Shin splints
- Knee pain
There is a significant difference between regular insoles and orthotics. Regular insoles that you can purchase at just about any store are designed to provide a cushioning effect and shock absorption. They do not address any biomechanical problems. They also are not designed to correct over-pronation. Orthotics are a functional device, designed to correct and optimise foot function, while relieving pressure on the spine.
Rise Chiropractic Can Help Customize Foot Orthotics
Did you know that the foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and nearly 8,000 nerves. In fact, foot bones make up about a quarter of all the bones in the human body. Needless to say, there is a lot of beauty in the function of the foot, and a lot of areas that need attention. Biomechanical problems that impact the feet can create stress not only in the feet, but also in the ankles, knees, spine, and their surrounding muscles and tissues.
Foot orthotics help joints properly align, while balancing out the body. This means that foot orthotics help reduce pain, provide support, better position the feet, reduce pressure throughout the body, and improve overall health. With the average person walking about 100,000 miles in their lifetime, this is a huge benefit.
Dr. Dave at Rise Chiropractic, located in Jacksonville, Florida, understands the importance of the feet in overall health. Through chiropractic adjustments and therapies, he is able to help restore feet to their proper alignment. When adjustments are not enough, custom foot orthotics can play an amazing role in restoring balance and reducing pain and pressure throughout the body.
If you are interested in foot orthotics and how they can help you, contact Dr. Dave at Rise Chiropractic in Jacksonville, Florida today!