By: Anthony Galante
A Simple Fix for a Chronic Condition: Orthotics in Algonquin
Did you know that 25% of all the bones in the body are located in the feet! A very complex mechanism that enables proper locomotion and can have enormous effects on posture.
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Faulty foot bio-mechanics can cause numerous painful conditions not only in the feet but also in the knees, hips, back and neck.
The most common distortion is when the foot rolls inward (pronation) which causes the knee to roll inward, internally rotates the hips and may cause the pelvis to be un-level with resultant spinal curvatures. The body is very good at compensating for these bio-mechanical imbalances, and sometimes for a long period of time, but when these compensatory mechanisms fail, that’s when the neck, back, knee or hip pain starts.
Try this: Stand up with you weight equal on both feet, put your index finger on your hip bones (the large bones on side of your upper leg), now stand with your weight on the inside of your foot, then roll to the outside of your foot. You will feel that bone move, now you can “feel” the connection between your foot alignment and your hips (and also your knees and low back.)
The only way to “correct” pronation is to properly support your feet with custom made orthotics (shoe inserts). Since your foot alignment is abnormal, we “bring the shoe to your foot,” to properly support the 3 arches of your feet. Orthotics will not only be beneficial for your feet, but they will also improve posture.
In my experience, after patients get used to their orthotics, which can be anywhere from immediately to 3 weeks, they LOVE them. They have never been properly supported in the past, for the first time there is proper support in all 3 arches of the foot, which will also put the knees, hips and spine in better alignment.
A few orthotic guidelines:
*Ask if your orthotic supports all 3 arches of the foot, not just the inside arch.
*They MUST be comfortable. Be very leary of hard plastic orthotics, they are often very uncomfortable.
*Wearing orthotics should go through a “break-in” period which usually doesn’t last more than a few week.
*Orthotics are very low maintenance, put them in your shoes and forget them!
If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan or are interested in orthotics in Algonquin, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.
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