What Do My Feet Have To Do With It?
Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like the foundation of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, the subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. These changes can put stress on joints higher up in your body and lead to more serious problems.
The Orthotic Group (TOG) custom orthotics help rebalance your feet, reducing pain and discomfort by enhancing your body’s natural movements. In close partnership with our chiropractors, TOG designs orthotics that augment treatment and add to your general well-being no matter where your feet may take you.
Your feet are the foundation for the normal balance and alignment of your body. Structural problems in the feet, even the slightest misalignment of bone and muscle, can alter the way that you walk and cause many different problems. Symptoms can include localised foot pain, bunions, hammer toes, pain in the arch of the foot and heel pain.
Less obvious symptoms may involve leg pain, knee pain, problems with the hip, back pain and even neck pain. Your feet support your entire weight. Faulty foot mechanics can alter the even distribution of your body weight, whilst standing, walking or running, and create an increased load on joints and muscles elsewhere in the body.
Foot orthotics help to correct any imbalance by exerting gentle, consistent pressure to stabilise the bones of your feet and bring muscles and bones back into proper alignment.
What Are Prescription Orthotics?
Prescription orthotics look like insoles but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes – they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. Orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.
How Do They Help?
Properly made orthotics are custom molded to the support requirements of your feet. They help restore the normal balance and alignment of your body by gently correcting foot abnormalities. Nobody understands this better than The Orthotic Group, a true leader in this specialized field.
The Orthotic Group designs innovative, comfortable orthotics that are a pleasure to wear as they gently reduce problems associated with pressure points, muscle strain and abnormal forces on the ankles, knees, hips and spine. Over time, custom orthotic support that is prescribed by your health care practitioner will bring you relief from fatigue and pain allowing you to enjoy daily activities comfortably.
How Would I Know If I Had A Problem?
The symptoms of faulty foot mechanics can include any one of the following:
What Can I Do?
Our chiropractors can prescribe foot orthotics to help correct your specific foot and body imbalance. You can help your chiropractor by discussing any nagging foot, leg, or back problems, and even by simply asking if your feet could be part of the problem.
Type of Orthotics
The Orthotic Group offers a wide variety of Orthotics to fit your lifestyle:
Expert Orthotic Support For Every Walk of Life
The Orthotic group (TOG) provides custom orthotic solutions to health care professionals and their patients around the world. From assessment tools such as GaitScan™ to custom-made orthotics, shoes and sandals, TOG products and services are renowned for their innovative design, quality and comfort.
Fascinating Foot Facts
- 25% of the bones in your body are in your feet
- The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day
- The average person will walk over 100,000 miles in their lifetime, or more than 4 trips around the world
- Women have four times as many foot problems as men – blame it on fancy, ill fitting footwear
- More than 75% of people will experience foot problems in their lifetime
Test Your Need For Orthotic Support
If you agree with any of the statements below, ask your chiropractor how The Orthotic Group products can help you feel better, from the ground up.
- My feet are sore on a regular basis
- I spend a good portion of my day standing or walking on hard surfaces
- I play a sport regularly (tennis, golf, basketball, etc.)
- Standing, walking or running gives me joint pain (ankles, knees, hip, or back)
- I am over 40 years old
- I have visible foot problems (bunions, fallen arches, corns, etc.)
- One of my legs is shorter than the other
- I have knock-knees or bow-legs
- My shoes wear out quickly or unevenly
- My feet “toe out” when I walk
- My parents had foot related symptoms
Do I Need Them?
It would not be true to say that anyone experiencing pain or problems with their feet will benefit from orthotic therapy. It may be, for instance, that symptoms in the feet or lower legs originate from a condition affecting the lower back or pelvic area. It may also be the case that pain or discomfort in the lower back or hip is a result of flawed foot mechanics. It is essential for your chiropractor to assess you so that they can properly determine the cause of your problem and the appropriate treatment for it. As part of the assessment they may analyse your gait with the assistance of computerised technology. Please go to our page What is TOG Gaitscan? for more information.
To book an appointment at Bradford House Chiropractic Clinic for a Gaitscan simply call 01962 861188 and be sure to ask for a GAITSCAN appointment. The scan is currently free of charge to all clients and takes approximately 20 minutes. The price for Orthotics can be discussed at the time if it appears that they are indicated.