Foot pain is extremely common, since feet bear the majority of a person's body weight. In fact, half of the Americans polled by the American Podiatric Medical Association had missed a day of work because of a foot problem. Walking puts up to 1.5 times one's body weight on the foot, and humans walk an average of 1,000 miles per year.
Foot pain is not normal and should not be ignored; problems can affect the functioning of other parts of the body, including the hips, knees, and back. These are foot-related problems that may be related to biomechanical issues. Since the body is a biomechanical kinetic chain, if an individual is moving abnormally at one joint, this can cause a ripple effect and begin to cause improper movements at other connective joints.
For example, a foot imbalance can lead to a negative impact on the knees, hips, pelvis, and spine.
SIGNS OF AN IMPROPER FEET BALANCE may include but are not limited to:
- Overstressed Knee
- Twisted Pelvis and/or Spine
- Chronic Back Pain
- Slowed Recovery of Leg and Spine Injuries
What are Orthotics and how can they help you?
Orthotics are orthopedic devices designed to treat or adjust various biomechanical foot disorders. Simpler foot orthotics allow the muscles, tendons, and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential.
When appropriately prescribed, orthotics can decrease pain, not only in the foot, but also in other parts of the body such as the knee, hip, and lower back. They can also increase stability in an unstable joint, prevent a deformed foot from developing additional problems, and improve overall quality of life.
BENEFITS OF ORTHOTICS may include but are not limited to:
- Prevents Unwanted Stress on the Body
- Reduces Repetitive Stress on Muscles and Joints
- Decreased Arthritic Symptoms
- Long-Term, Cost-Effective Relief for Many Functional & Structural Problems
The best orthotics are custom-tailored devices specifically crafted to meet the needs of a particular individual. At Arizona Integrative Medical Center, we are precise when making an impression of the foot (cast). The impressions in the cast will duplicate any misalignments in the foot. Once the cast is made, specialists in an orthotic laboratory can then correct the misalignments with compensation and stabilization techniques. The finished orthotic is then placed in the patient's shoe and helps keep the foot in proper alignment and allow relief, balance, alignment, and support to the patient's body.