The human foot is made up of an intricate network of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and thousands of nerve endings. Its amazing design is meant to carry us over rocky, uneven terrain, keep us upright, and allow us to walk and run with its built-in method of shock absorption. Unfortunately, all feet are not created equal. Genetics may have given you an unusually high arch or extremely flat feet. Alternately, your feet may have become flat as a result of poor strength in the muscles that help to support the longitudinal arch, leading to problems like plantar fasciitis and posterior tibial tendon dysfunction. A foot that doesn’t allow for proper shock absorption may contribute to back, knee, or hip pain. And, because 🎼🎼🎼🎼 the foot bones are connected to the shin bone and the shin bone is connected to the thigh bone 🎼🎼🎼🎼, a flat foot will lead to excessive hip and knee strain and eventually low back pain.
Custom orthotics can help alleviate the pain and dysfunction associated with many foot disorders. More often than not, however, they are over-prescribed with no end goal in sight. Minimal education is given to patients regarding what they should do to strengthen what is weak and stretch what is tight. While we may fit you in a custom pair of orthotics, we prefer to correct the deficits that led to your problems. This is not to say that you may not truly need—and benefit from—orthotics. There are times when we like to use them, such as in short-term situations where your plantar fascia is lit up and needs relief so that it can heal, or in cases of congenital foot deformities. Whatever the presentation, we will work with you to determine if you truly need orthotics, and if you do, what the best orthotics are for you and your lifestyle.
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