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Why and How Should I Get Custom Orthotics?

Custom Orthotics Relieve Pain and Improve Motion

If you have neck, arm, leg, or back pain, you probably think treatment has to focus on those areas. However, those symptoms often stem from conditions caused partly by poor body and foot alignment. Your feet are your foundation, and a lack of proper arch support forces your body to shift its weight a certain way to compensate. This leads to problems further up the body. One way Algonquin Chiropractic Center addresses those problems at the root is with custom orthotics.

Custom orthotic shoe inserts are an effective tool to relieve pain and improve motion when treating conditions like sciatica, spinal stenosis, and low back pain. Read on to learn how custom orthotics help, and how Algonquin Chiropractic Center supplies you with orthotics designed for your specific foot shape and condition.


How Will Custom Orthotics Help Me?

You may think that back pain begins in old age, but that’s often not the case. About 80% of people have developed foot conditions by age 20 that can lead to back pain, and the degenerative process (arthritis) starts in the late teens.

Poor foot alignment, such as pronation, can cause the leg to internally rotate, which causes pelvic unleveling and spinal curvatures. A Leg Length Inequality (LLI) can cause musculoskeletal pain, scoliosis, and osteoarthritis of the hip. An LLI greater than 12mm is found in only 7% of people with no symptoms, but 22% of patients with low back pain.

At Algonquin Chiropractic Center, we use custom orthotics as a tool that can be included in your personalized treatment plan to address the underlying abnormal bio-mechanics. Orthotics are inserts that fit into your existing shoes—no need to buy new footwear. They support all 3 arches of the foot, reduce shock, and improve propulsion. This results in better balance, coordination, posture, and foot-and-body alignment.

Have a look at this before and after:X-ray images showing pelvic alignment before and after using custom orthotics.

Notice how the orthotics leveled the pelvis. The spine appears straighter, and we see improvements in posture in the neck and shoulders area also.

When combined with chiropractic care for 1 month, studies show orthotics create a 35% reduction in back pain from conditions including:

In addition to treating those conditions, custom orthotics can also be used to improve athletic performance. Balance and posture are key parts of maintaining proper biomechanics and building your athletic ability.

Dr. Galante is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) and will help you determine if orthotics would be an effective addition to your training regimen.

How Do I Get Custom Orthotics?

The “custom” in custom orthotics is essential. You won’t get results from just any generic shoe insert. Orthotics are most effective when they’re designed for your foot shape, condition, and lifestyle.

Here is Algonquin Chiropractic Center’s process:

Photo of several custom orthotics on display at Algonquin Chiropractic Center.
A sample of custom orthotics at Algonquin Chiropractic Center.
  1. First, we create a foam mold of your foot.
  2. Next, we choose a supplier. Different suppliers are better at making different types of orthotics, so we’ll consider things like:
    • Do your orthotics need any specific modifications to correct your problem?
    • Will you wear your orthotics with dress shoes, work boots, etc?
    • Will you be wearing orthotics during athletics and need a pair for ski boots, ice skates, spikes, etc.?
    • Do your feet often get sweaty due to an active lifestyle?
  3. Then, we send the foam mold to the lab with specifics of what we want.
  4. Your custom orthotics are created to fit the bio-mechanics of your foot, the condition we’re treating, and your lifestyle.
  5. Finally, we get your orthotics from the lab and then pass them on to you!

As part of your personalized treatment plan, our custom orthotics will relieve pain, prevent injury, and improve your weight distribution to assist proper joint motion.

If you have a posture-related condition that’s causing you pain and discomfort, call Algonquin Chiropractic Center today to discuss custom orthotics as part of your individualized treatment plan!