Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like the foundation of a house, the structure of your foot supports your entire body weight. The slightest misalignment of muscles and bones can cause many different problems. The symptoms of faulty foot mechanics may begin with any of the following: foot pain, bunions, arch and heel pain, and/or knee, hip and low back pain. A chiropractor can prescribe orthotics to help correct your specific foot imbalance.
What are Custom Orthotics?
Prescription custom orthotics look like insoles, but are bio-mechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Custom orthotics help re-balance your feet, reducing pain and discomfort by enhancing your body's natural movement.
How Do I Know if I Need Orthotics?
The symptoms of faulty foot mechanics can include any one of the following:
Localized foot pain
Bunions, hammer toes
Hip or back pain - even neck pain
Orthotics can also be used as a preventative tool, especially if you: Play a sport regularly (running, golfing, tennis etc.), spend a good portion of your day standing or walking on hard surfaces, one leg is shorter than the other, or you have visible foot problems (such as fallen arches).
Extended Health Care Plans
Custom Orthotics are covered by most extended health care plans. In some cases you may require a prescription from your family doctor. Each plan is unique, so its best to check with your plan.