Custom Orthotics Support Chiropractic Treatment of Back Problems, Poor Balance, and More
Orthotics are an important class of products we use to help with many of the conditions we treat. An orthotic is any device added to the body to stabilize or immobilize a body part, prevent deformity, protect against injury, present one of many ways to improve posture or assist with function. This can technically include back braces like those we sometimes prescribe for sciatica, but when we talk about orthotics we refer specifically to the custom orthotic shoe inserts we place under patients’ feet.
What Are Orthotics Used For?
Our orthotics work by correcting bodily imbalances caused by poor arch support. When you have poor arch support, your whole body is oriented differently to compensate—your arch drops, your knee rotates, your pelvis tilts, and your opposite shoulder drops. By age 20, 80% of people have developed foot conditions that can lead to back pain.
Properly-designed orthotics will provide support for all 3 arches of the foot, reduce shock, and improve propulsion with a better surface for the bottom of your foot. This will improve your biomechanics, meaning you’ll have better balance, coordination, posture, and foot-and-body alignment. Numerous studies have confirmed that orthotics will deliver these results.
Here at Algonquin Chiropractic Center, Dr. Galante uses custom orthotics to treat a whole range of conditions relating to posture. These include:
- Spinal Stenosis
- Poor balance
- Hip, knee, ankle, foot, and back pain
When combined with chiropractic care, custom orthotics often facilitate a 35% reduction in back pain resulting from these conditions in just 1 month.
We can also use them to improve athletes’ body efficiency.
Our Orthotics Are Custom-Designed to Fit Your Needs
So, why get your orthotics from Dr. Galante at Algonquin Chiropractic Center? The answer is simple: They're only truly effective when they are designed to the specifications demanded by your foot shape and condition.
When we decide on getting you some orthotics, we start by creating a foam mold of your foot. This mold is then sent to a lab. Which supplier we choose depends on your situation. Each one is better suited to meeting some needs than others, so we send to the lab we know produces the best orthotics for your condition and lifestyle.
Will you need a specific shape to correct your back problem? Do you lead an active lifestyle and often get sweaty feet? Do you need orthotics suited to tight dress shoes or rough-and-tumble work boots? Dr. Galante takes all these factors into consideration, then tells the lab the specifics of what you need. This way, the design is custom to both the shape of your foot and the condition you want to relieve.
Algonquin Chiropractic Center’s custom orthotics will help you correct and maintain bodily alignment, assist proper joint motion, relieve harmful weight-bearing distribution, and prevent pain-causing conditions from forming. If you think orthotics might be right for you, give us a call today!