Tired, Sore, Aching Feet and Legs, or Ingrown Toenails?
If you have tired or sore, aching feet and legs, ankle pain, foot pain, heel pain or knee pain on or off the field – it’s probably not much fun. It’s also not normal. If you’re noticing ingrown toenails – it’s not normal. Experiencing pain in lower extremities at any time – is not normal. You may need a pair of corrective orthotic devices.
Here are 5 reasons to trust your custom-made orthotics for sports and everyday shoes to a Chiropodist or Podiatrist – the only licensed professionals trained in foot care and biomechanics.
Chiropodists and Podiatrists know how to properly diagnose pronation and supination of the foot. Every foot pronates or supinates. Problems arise when there is too much motion for an improper duration of time. It’s this excessive motion that causes pain, diminished endurance and performance.
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 correct custom-made orthotic device that controls the pronation and supination of the foot. They spend time with you to understand your specific needs and the type of shoe or boot you’ll be wearing, then use technology to scan perfect foot impressions, in a seated/resting position (not as you stand in a box making a foot impression).
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. Just like in sports, 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. Feet change too! That’s why routine foot care is so important.
That was a rather long answer to a relatively short question. But then, that’s what makes Chiropodists and Podiatrists different from those simply selling shoes and inserts. Start a conversation with your Chiropodist or Podiatrist about how you can improve your performance and endurance!