THE ANSWER TO NATURAL ALIGNMENT
Footcontrol foot supports are orthopedic devices (orthotics) prescribed for many types of painful foot complaints. Painful feet can affect our ability to enjoy the most basic activities in our daily lives. Our foot supports are designed to correct mechanical foot imbalances that place abnormal stresses on the joints and ligaments within the foot. It is a well known that abnormal foot mechanics cause stresses that result in foot, leg, knee and low back pain.
While some may be simple, commercially made devices, such as cushioned heel cups or insoles for shoes, the best foot supports are custom-tailored devices specifically crafted to meet the needs of a particular individual. This is done by making an impression of the foot called a cast that duplicates any misalignments in the foot. We can then correct the misalignments with compensation and stabilization techniques. The finished foot supports is then placed in the patients shoe and helps keep the foot in proper alignment. (as shown below)
WHO SHOULD USE AN ORTHOTIC?
Almost anyone can benefit form Orthotics because perfect feet are very rare. They can alleviate and prevent many of the common foot complications that cause discomfort in otherwise healthy people.
There are several common symptoms that may indicate misalignment of the feet. You may be a candidate for Orthotics if:
one side of the sole of your shoe wears out faster than the other;
- you frequently sprain your ankle;
- you have chronic heel, knee or lower back pain;
- your shins hurt;
- your toes are not straight;
- your feet point inward or excessively outward when you walk; or
- your feet hurt in general.
In general, Orthotics into four broad categories.
- Functional Orthotics incorporate special wedges to adjust the heel or forefoot, correcting defects in the arch that cause poor shock absorption, such as excessive pronation (flattening of the arch) or supination (an arch that is too high).
- Weight-dispersive or accommodative Orthotics fabricated from a softer material and is used to decrease pressure on a select area such as on the metatarsal heads. It can be very helpful in treating and preventing diabetic ulcerations. Other accommodative Orthotics are designed to treat pain and pressure on the sesamoid bones, collapsed tarsal bones, sores and chronically inflamed toes.
- Supportive orthotics are arch supports usually prescribed to treat problems of the plantar arch.
- Early childhood Orthotics are special devices designed to correct biomechanical walking problems identified in young children. They include splints, gait plates and night bars - devices used to hold a childs feet and legs at a proper angle while sleeping, thus promoting corrective adjustment for excessive toe-in or toe-out walking.
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