Did you know that correct posture starts from the feet? Your feet form the foundation of your body and are intimately linked to the shape of your spine. Should your feet be improperly aligned, the rest of the body can be affected. From over-pronation or injury to flat feet, issues with your feet will ultimately impact the joints above them. Note that poor foot biomechanics triggered by how you walk or stand can lead to back and knee pain.
Posture from Head to Toe
A slumped back and sunken shoulders can both negatively affect your muscles and ligaments. These can cause heel, back, foot and knee injuries. While poor posture is exacerbated by the imbalance of strength in body muscles, the muscles in your feet play the greatest role. The body is then tilted further backwards or forward, thereby introducing more strain to the heels and the feet. In turn, posture and potential plantar fasciitis worsen.
Correct Gait Abnormalities
How you walk is what is referred to as gait. An abnormal gait can be triggered by eventualities, such as arthritis and birth defects. If left untreated your health can be affected. Gaitscan, one of the most innovative diagnostic tools can be used to analyse your biomechanics and to then establish an ideal custom orthotic product for you.
How Custom Orthotics Correct Common Gait Issues
If you are experiencing heel or foot pain, you might want to see a Chiropractor or Podiatrist for a proper diagnosis. For many foot concerns, orthotics are embraced as part of a treatment regimen. These are special heel or shoe inserts. If, for instance, your feet are overpronated, they will tend to roll downward or inward. This is more common if you have flat feet. These inserts can be used to give increased arch support for proper feet alignment. Other problems that can be addressed by using orthotics include:
1. Reduced Pain
A custom-made orthotic can alleviate pain and correct poor gait. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, these inserts will become very important to correct your posture and to help reduce your pain.
2. Feet Repositioning
Orthotics can assist in getting your feet in line with your ankles. Usually, an abnormal gait occurs as a result of the misalignment of the ankles and the feet. These inserts target unusual motion in your walking patterns. They then redirect your feet to break abnormalities.
3. Discomfort from Medical Issues
Feet abnormalities are not always caused by comfort concerns. In some cases, underlying medical conditions, such as bursitis, bunions and more are to blame. For instance, diabetes can lead to leg numbness. While medical intervention is critical, orthotics can help.
The art of weight absorption and distribution by your feet impacts posture. Custom orthotics not only cushion the heel but also lift the arch to a level that balances your feet. As a result, your hips and legs get the support needed for proper posture.
Improve your Feet Posture
The posture of your feet should never be neglected. The overall posture of your body can hardly be improved when that of your feet is misaligned. Your feet are properly aligned when facing forward instead of inward or outward. If you are suffering with foot pain please contact our clinic to arrange an appointment to get a Gaitscan of your feet.
If you are suffering with foot pain please contact our clinic to arrange an appointment to get a Gaitscan of your feet.