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Phoenix Chiropractor : Foot Orthotics

Foot Orthotics for Support and Correction

Foot Orthotics is devices which support or correct the function of the limbs and spinal column. The term is derived from the Greek “ortho”, to straighten.

Most everyone has suffered from foot pain at some point in his or her life. A poll conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that more than half of all Americans had missed a day of work because of foot problems. Considering that the feet are the major weight-bearing part of the body, its little wonder we run into problems.

A close look at the human foot reveals a marvel of design and efficiency. Each foot has more than 100 working parts. No less than 26 bones work with the foot’s ligaments, muscles and tendons in two very small structures to support and balance the weight of the entire body. The force through a foot during normal walking is enormous. Walking puts up to 1.5 times one’s body weight on the foot. On average, our feet log 1,000 miles per year. As shock absorbers, feet cushion up to one million pounds of pressure during one hour of strenuous exercise.

Foot Pain is not Normal

Foot pain is not normal and should not be ignored. The presence of foot problems can affect the proper functioning of other parts of the body, including the hip, knee and back.

Foot problems are often treated with shoe inserts called orthotics. Custom-made orthotics are medical devices inserted into the shoe to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern. They are prescribed to reduce pain, to provide support, to prevent foot deformity or keep it from getting worse, to provide better positioning, to relieve pressure on a certain area of the foot, and to improve the overall biomechanical function of the foot and lower extremity and most of the time back conditions.

Prefabricated orthotics, mass-produced to fit an “average” foot, may cost less, but usually do not properly correct the specific problems found in an individual’s foot and may end up doing more harm than good. Many times, this type of orthotic can actually worsen a condition and create orthopedic problems elsewhere in the body. Those at particular risk are people with heel pain, achilles tendon pain, back or knee problems or those who have a high arch foot type or flat feet.

Sound interesting? Please contact our Phoenix chiropractic office to make an appointment.

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