Are you suffering with constant feet pain, joint pain, and back pain?
Do you stand for long hours on hard tile or industrial commercial grade carpet?
Are you an athlete whose feet take a pounding from jumping, sprinting, quickly changing direction, or miles of running?
Must you wear specific work shoes or high heels to adhere to an employer’s dress code?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then orthotics may be one of the solutions to ease your pain, provide more support when your heel hits the ground, and give you a little more bounce in your step when you walk throughout the day.
We were created to walk on natural surfaces like sand, dirt, and grass from the earth. We were not created to walk in a concrete world.
The unforgiving unnatural surfaces of pavement, concrete, tile, industrial carpet - these are not kind to our feet, knees, hips, or back.
Normal walking, also known as gait, should occur from a heel strike to a foot flat to a toe off position. We naturally should hit the outside of our heel on the ground 1st then start to roll through a foot flat position as we move to push off our big toe. This is normal.
But what happens when we don’t do this?
I would argue that the “what” of that question is the wrong question?
The real question is “WHY” don’t we do this?
The answer may be any of the following:
- Previous injury
- Weak muscles of the foot, ankle, or leg
- Structural changes in the feet like flat feet (pes planus), high arches (pes cavus), bunions, or hammer toes
- Poor shoe wear or the wrong shoe type for an individual’s foot type
- Poor posture
- Inactivity or sedentary lifestyle leading to deconditioning
Knowing The Answer To “WHY” Someone Does Not Have A Normal Gait Or Walking Style Is Key To Determining The Solution.
What is the purpose of an orthotic?
- Create a neutral foot
- When you look down at your feet or in a mirror, your ankles look even instead of rolled in or rolled out
- When you look in a mirror, your knees face forward instead of facing inward or “kissing”
- Create arch support
- Create better alignment of foot and ankle
- Ease joint and muscle pain through improved alignment and equal weight distribution
Not everyone will require an orthotic but how do you know if you do?
I encourage you to watch this video “How Do You Know If You Need An Orthotic?” from my YouTube channel.
If you identify with some of the positions I discuss in the video that may benefit from orthotics, then I encourage you to take the next step and click on the button below to contact me for a Complimentary Discovery Visit. At this visit, you will learn about solutions to the symptoms you are having and if an orthotic is the right 1st step for you.