Help your Feet Perform at Peak Efficiency with Custom-made Orthotics…
Published On: September 11, 2019
Athletes of All Ages Can Benefit from Custom-Made Orthotics!
No matter your age or sport of choice, custom-made orthotics for sports shoes and boots (including skates) can improve performance and endurance by properly addressing the biomechanics of the foot and lower body. Chiropodists and Podiatrists are the only licensed and trained professionals who are experts in this area.
Active children, teens, adults, and seniors are looking for options to address foot pain, ankle pain, heel pain, shin pain, knee pain and back pain.That’s where we come in. Here are 5 benefits of trusting the fit and function of your custom-made orthotics to a Chiropodist or Podiatrist…
Benefits of Seeing a Chiropodist or Podiatrist for Custom Orthotics:
Education: Every foot pronates or supinates. Problems arise when there is too much motion for an improper duration of time, such as when you’re participating in sports. It’s this excessive motion that increases tissue stress causing pain, diminished endurance and performance. In other words, your body becomes “unhappy” and it lets you know it with pain. Chiropodists and Podiatrists know how to assess proper foot biomechanics.
What is Pronation and Supination?
Pronation is the flattening out of the arch when a person’s foot first strikes the ground. This motion acts as a major shock absorber for the body. A normal person’s foot will pronate starting when the heel first hits the ground until prior to heel lift.
Supination is the opposite motion of pronation. It allows the foot to be a more stable, rigid structure for when we push off. A normal person’s foot will supinate prior to heel lift until the foot strikes the ground again.
How do Custom-Made Orthotics Help? Orthotics control the foot’s range and speed of motion. The muscles that counteract the range of motion work overtime when a person over pronates or over supinates. This excess muscle contraction leads to inefficiency and fatigue. A foot with the proper biomechanics is much more efficient, requires less energy, and therefore works pain free.
Chiropodists and Podiatrists know how to design a custom-made orthotic device that controls foot mechanics. They spend time with you to understand your specific needs and the type of shoe or boot you’ll be wearing. Technology is used to scan and create proper foot impressions.
Chiropodists and Podiatrists use only accredited labs to manufacture the orthotic device to precise specifications that are unique to you, hence the term, “custom-made”. Custom made orthotics are never taken “off the shelf” and they are never shipped directly to you.
Chiropodists and Podiatrists take the time to fit your new orthotic device to your shoe or sports footwear. Small adjustments often need to be made. On premise equipment takes care of these modifications quickly and easily.
Chiropodists and Podiatrists encourage follow up visits and check ups to make sure everything is working properly. The foot is an intricate structure containing 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles.