Proper Alignment is Essential
The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone, and the thigh bone’s connected to the shin bone… or something along those lines. In reality, the human body functions optimally when joints are in the best possible alignment. Being “out of alignment” does not mean the bones are out of place. Being out of alignment for example can stem from collapsed arches (over-pronation) in the feet which translate to altered biomechanics up the knees and in to the spine. A common thing I see in practice is knee and foot pain, and they often go hand in hand. Plantar fasciitis is the most frequent foot disorder which can stem from over-pronated feet causing sharp heel and arch pain.
The Feet Are Your Foundation
The foot and ankle joints handle repetitive physical forces every single day as we walk and exercise. The feet truly are the foundation of our bodies. Just as the foundation of a home is essential for maintaining the structure of building, the same principle applies to the feet and spine. When you walk, there are certain steps that occur at the foot and ankle joints. The entire process is usually a smooth transition of heel strike to toe off propulsion, with the foot moving outwards at the beginning to inwards at the end. If the foot is excessively pronated (flat-footed), the way we walk is affected and becomes less efficient. Knee pain can eventually begin due to internal buckling of the leg from a loss of foot arch height. Moving up from the knee, the low back and pelvis can even become involved over time.
Orthotics Help Stabilize and Prevent Knee and Foot Pain
Unfortunately, once the arch in your foot is flattened, there is no going back. It is similar to when you fully stretch out a rubber band. However, custom-made functional orthotics work to restore and support proper foot function. With proper arch support, you may notice an improvement in posture, balance, and physical performance. One study found that after just 6 weeks of use with custom foot orthotics, patients noticed reduction in low back pain.
Custom Foot Orthotics vs. Over-the-Counter Orthotics
Orthotics found in major chain stores are made to appeal to many people at once. These pre-made orthotics lack customized craftsmanship and may not support the true areas that your foot requires. At Seminole Heights Chiropractic & Wellness, we utilize state-of-the-art 3D laser scanning technology to map out your feet and design truly customized foot orthotics to your needs. It is our goal to help ease your knee and foot pain. Our custom foot orthotics have helped patients and might be the right solution for you.
Conditions Custom Foot Orthotics Can Help
Prevention of knee and foot pain can make a big impact if caught early with the aid our 3D scanner. Custom foot orthotics are used to help prevent knee and foot symptoms just as much as they’re used to treat them. Here are some of the most common conditions custom foot orthotics may help with.
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spur pain
- Bunion pain
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Low back pain
Are Custom Foot Orthotics Right For My Knee and Foot Pain?
In the office, we perform a foot and leg examination in combination with our 3D laser scanner to map out any areas which may be causing issues. We are able to determine if you fall in to one of 4 categories: optimal foot pronation, mild pronation, moderate pronation, and severe pronation. With this information, we are able to determine if custom foot orthotics will be a right fit for you. Overall, custom foot orthotics are a long-term improvement of quality of life for adolescents, middle aged individuals, athletic persons, and even the older population. Dr. Koser is currently accepting new patients with knee and foot pain. Click here to schedule a free consultation to see if custom foot orthotics are right for you.