Why Custom Orthotics?
Whether you’re visiting the Chiropractor for pain, preventive care or to improve your athletic performance, Foot Levelers’ custom-made functional orthotics can help. Why Foot Levelers?
The Foot/Spine Connection
A 2017 randomized control trial conducted by National University of Health Sciences, and published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation produced results that showed Foot Levelers Stabilizing Orthotics reduced low back pain in participants by 34.5%
Arch Collapse and Back Pain
Most people develop strong, flexible arches in childhood. Over the long term, the repetitive stresses of daily life lengthen the connective tissues, causing a slow breakdown of the normal support for the bones and joints of the feet and a decrease in elasticity, eventually leading to a sagging of the foot's arch.
The foundation provided by the feet and legs must bear the weight of the entire body (and considerably more during running and other sports). If there is insufficient or inadequate support from the pedal foundation, the spine will be exposed to abnormal stresses and strains that eventually develop into low back pain.
Excessive stresses on the spine can be the result of abnormal foot biomechanics, poor function of the foot/ankle complex, excessive shock transmission, or leg length asymmetry. Recognizing and then responding appropriately to these factors separate the Doctors of Chiropractic from the spinal technicians.
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Soft tissue in the arches is constantly under stress.
Over time, that stress results in fallen arches (plastic deformation), leading to knee, back and even neck pain. By supporting the feet, orthotics help alleviate pain throughout the body.
Orthotics and the Foot/Spine Connection
Static support. During a standing posture, the alignment of the arches in each foot has a significant impact on the position of the legs and pelvis.
When the arches are low and/or pronating excessively, the knee will rotate medially. A research study using radiographic measurements found that custom-made, flexible orthotics can significantly improve the alignment of the arches when standing.
Dynamic support. During gait, the foot must permit a smooth transfer of the body's center of mass over the leg to conserve energy and keep the work expenditure to a minimum. This requires an orthotic to be flexible yet supportive, and orthotic designs must consider:
• weight and intensity of forces
• proper movement and function of the foot
• support of all three arches to prevent eventual arch collapse
Postural benefits. Improving foot alignment can help maintain knee, hip, pelvis, and even spinal postural alignment. Preventing hip, knee, or spinal joint degeneration requires the additional support and shock absorption provided by orthotics. And a pelvic or spinal tilt or recurrent subluxations will often respond rapidly to orthotic support.
What does your foot look like?
Is it the cause of your pain?
The optimal feet are a good point of reference to explain scan results to the patient.
The red is where pressure is placed on the feet.
With the optimal feet, you can see that the pressure is distributed on the toes, heels, and balls of the feet.
Sometimes, even the best adjustment can be off by ‘two feet’