When it comes to chronic pain, patients aren’t just looking for a quick fix, they want long-term relief. That’s why chiropractic care is the preferred choice of millions of Americans. Rather than just masking the pain, Doctors of Chiropractic treat the source of the pain, which in many cases is caused or worsened by dysfunction elsewhere in the body. One area commonly treated with the intention of improving spinal conditions is the lower extremities, specifically the foot and ankle. For these situations, often the best treatment comes in the form of custom foot orthotics, also known as shoe inserts.
What are orthotics?
The need for orthotics is often related to the natural functionality of the foot. They are designed to correct foot posture and abnormal walking patterns. Patients use orthotics to help make everyday activities more comfortable and efficient by altering the angles at which the feet strike the ground.
Custom orthotics are often misunderstood because there are so many non-custom options available at the closest drug store. Most people assume the non-custom products will be sufficient enough. However, these products do not treat specific conditions, they are mostly used to improve comfort and decrease shock absorption. On the other hand, custom orthotics are custom made for your feet and your particular condition.
Orthotics are a lot more substantial than store-bought brands because they can actually improve the way you walk or stand. Orthotics help realign the feet and ankles to restore deficient foot function. Orthotics also enable a more even weight distribution, taking pressure off sore spots on the heels, balls of the feet, between toes and on the soles of the feet. The main purpose of an orthotic insole is to improve foot function, in many cases reducing pain and preventing problems and injuries in the future.
What can they treat?
Biomechanical problems affecting the feet can increase stresses within the foot structure and the surrounding soft tissue. This ultimately creates localized pain in the feet and ankles, as well as problems in the lower limbs, knees, hips and back. Orthotics align joints correctly and promotes efficient weight distribution whether you’re standing, walking, jogging or jumping. Using custom orthotics to correct poor foot mechanics can improve and prevent many types of pain and symptoms, including but not limited to:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Lower Back Pain
- Ankle Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shin Splints
- Knee Pain
Chiropractic care in conjunction with custom orthotics is a great way to treat your chronic pain. Our team works with patients to determine a proper treatment plan that includes adjustments/manipulations, therapeutic exercises and anything else you might need to strengthen the supportive musculature of your spine.