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The Benefits of Orthotics

Warm, sunny days just seem to call you outdoors. Maybe a walk around the block, a game of tennis at the park with some friends, or a round of golf on a Saturday. All feels right with the world as you enjoy the feel of the sun on your skin, fresh air filling your lungs and then your foot starts to ache or your shin feels tender or your back gets stiff. If this has happened to you the feeling of frustration can be overwhelming. There is hope for relief from aches and pains with foot orthotics.

Foot orthotics are more than those shoe inserts you see at the drug store. Foot orthotics are custom made inserts that are designed to correct biomechanical foot problems that can cause pain when you stand, walk or run. An insert is made to provide extra cushion and may make shoes more comfortable but it won’t provide corrective support like an orthotic can.

There are a couple types of foot orthotics, rigid or functional and soft or accommodative. Rigid orthotics are made to ease aches and strains while providing corrective support to the foot. They are commonly used to help with pain in the feet, legs and lower back. Soft orthotics are made with compression materials and can be used in boots or shoes. Soft orthotics are helpful for those with plantar fasciitis or diabetic foot pain.

You may be wondering how orthotics can help you with your foot pain. Orthotics are often prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to help someone with foot or leg pain. A medical professional will scan or take of mold of your foot so that a custom orthotic can be made for your feet and your feet only. These custom orthotics are built to properly support the arches of the foot, provide corrective support to the foot and ankle and give your feet some extra cushion to decrease stress and strain on the foot.

Foot orthotics are used to treat arthritis, bunions, flat feet, high arches, plantar fasciitis, diabetic foot pain and even knee, hip and low back pain. The type of orthotic you need will be determined by your doctor.

At Universal Chiropractic we use Foot Levelers state of the art scanner to create a 3D image of your foot. This image is combined with a postural analysis that is sent to Foot Levelers where a custom orthotic can be made just for you. Foot Levelers custom orthotics use patented technology to provide strong support to the plantar vault of the foot and help correct any foot, ankle and leg misalignment. Foot Levelers custom orthotics come in many different styles and levels of support; whether you’re a weekend warrior or casual walker they will have something that will have your feet and body feeling great!

If you’d like to learn more about foot orthotics or get your feet scanned on the Foot Levelers 3D scanner call our office at 822-BACK or visit our website, www.drzwny.com.


Written by: Dr. Marshall Dornink










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