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Many people suffer from a variety of debilitating symptoms without ever realizing that the source of their misery lies in their feet. Here at Back On Track Chiropractic & Wellness Center, we can fit you with orthotics to correct foot problems and restore normal balance to the body. But what is this advanced approach to posture correction, and how does it work? Here are some answers to common questions about orthotics from our Birmingham chiropractor, Dr. Scott Duca.
Why do feet have arches? Your feet not only support your entire body weight, but they do so in a way that allows you maintain your balance whether you are running, walking or standing still. The many large and small bones that make up the foot are supported by muscles and connective tissues that form, not one arch, but three arches -- the median longitudinal arch, the lateral longitudinal arch, and the transverse arch. These arches give your foot the strength and flexibility required for proper balance and comfortable support of your body weight.
How do foot abnormalities affect my overall alignment? Pronation (a tendency to shift weight toward the outer sides of the feet), "flat feet" (fallen arches), and other abnormalities can create postural imbalances that affect the rest of the body. A fallen arch on one foot, for instance, can lead to knee rotation and pelvic tilt on that side of the body, with a corresponding spinal curvature that causes the opposite shoulder to drop. This "domino effect" of problems can lead to back pain, shoulder pain, premature wear in the weight-bearing joints, and a straining of the foot's connective tissues known as plantar fasciitis.
What do orthotics do? Orthotic footwear is designed to compensate for any irregularities in your feet as precisely as possible. By wearing properly designed orthotic inserts in your shoes, you provide your arches with much-needed support to reduce pain and strain. The customized corrections also enable your feet to support your body more evenly, allowing for straighter, more strain-free musculoskeletal alignment from head to toe.
Why can't I just buy ordinary "one size fits all" orthotics? Unfortunately, one size never fits all where orthotics are concerned. Generic orthotic inserts may not address your specific balance issues at all, or they may even make your condition worse by over-correcting where no correction was needed.To find out more about the different types of orthotics, visit our Orthotics main page.
How are your orthotics different? We use a state-of-the-art digital scanner by Foot Levelers that creates high-definition scans of your exact arch structure. By providing this data to Foot Levelers, we can order custom-crafted orthotics that provide ideal amounts of correction exactly where you need it.
Contact Back On Track Chiropractic & Wellness Center to set up an initial consultation and possible Foot Levelers scan from our Birmingham chiropractor. We can help you take the first step toward more comfortable feet and a better-balanced body!