That means that the forces going through your body also increase. Considering that your feet meet with the ground and those forces are transmitted through your feet to the rest of your body, it is essential that your feet should function optimally. For some of us, this is not possible without an orthotic.
Orthotics are custom made shoe inserts, designed for your feet, to support and correct any mislalignment in your feet in order to help your feet function more optimally. When orthotics are custom molded, they are made specifically for your feet and fit your particular needs. Once the orthotic is made, it is placed in your shoe and helps align your foot to encourage the most optimal and efficient functioning.
At Cadence Chiropractic, Sport & Health we offer high quality custom made orthotics manufactured by The Orthotic Group.
The majority of us have abnormally functioning feet! Normal function does include some degree of pronation (foot rolling in) and supination (foot rolling out) however; too much pronation or supination often causes problems in the feet themselves or higher up in the body.
Of all those with improper foot mechanics, nearly 90% are “overpronators”. This means that they pronate too much or for too long. Overpronators often have low arches or flat feet.
This, in turn, may contribute to conditions such as:
- Plantar fascitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Shin splints
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Patellofemoral syndrome
- Low back pain
The other 10% with abnormal foot mechanics are “oversupinators”. They often have high arches or rigid feet. Because the feet are so rigid, many oversupinators have poor shock absorption of the body’s forces. Thus, an oversupinator may be at a greater risk for developing degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis) at the major weight bearing joints such as the knees and hips.
In addition to treatment aimed at strengthening and stretching muscles, reducing inflammation and encouraging proper joint mobility, custom made orthotics can play an integral role in the treatment of many different conditions caused by improper foot alignment and mechanics.
Types of Orthotics
There are many different types of orthotics to fit many different types of footwear. We offer orthotics to fit:
- Casual Shoes
- Dress Shoes
- Athletic Shoes (ski boots, running shoes, hockey & figure skates, soccer cleats, golf shoes, court shoes)
- Children’s Shoes
- Diabetic Orthotics