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Custom Orthotics

Benefits of custom orthotics:

How might orthotics benefit you? Your feet are your body's foundation. If your foundation is unstable, excessive stress and tension can occur in other areas of the body. Tissues that are chronically overstressed and overworked will let you know it sooner or later! You might develop pain the heels, arches, forefoot, shins, knees, hips, or lower back, and often more than one area of the body will be affected.

Orthotics alleviate stress on soft tissues, bones and joints.

Orthotics can be used to limit excessive motion in the feet and lower limbs, thereby alleviating stress and tension on various muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. As such, they can be used to treat soft-tissue injuries like plantar fasciitis, iliotibial band friction syndrome, tibialis posterior tendon dysfunction, and shin splints. They can also address problems with the bones and cartilage such as osteoarthritis, meniscal tears, and stress fractures. Essentially, custom orthotics reduce the amount of daily insult to certain tissues or structures. Once the amount of healing that occurs on a daily basis can outpace the amount of damage that occurs on a daily basis, symptoms begin to improve.

An orthotic is only as good as the initial cast. In this case, the patient's foot is properly aligned with the subtalar joint neither pronated nor supinated (aka 'subtalar neutral'). This position is maintained with one hand while the other pushes the foot into the foam by pressing down on the knee. (Custom foot orthotics fabrication process, step 1.)
An orthotic is only as good as the initial cast.
Sanding screen/mesh is used to smooth unwanted bumps or ridges from the cast. The toes are not addressed because this portion of the cast is not used to create the orthotic device. (Custom orthotics fabrication process, step 4.)
Resulting 3-dimensional mold. The foam is removed and brushed. For all steps see the (custom foot orthotics fabrication process.)

Orthotics dampen impact-related stress.

Orthotics can also be used when there is not enough motion. Sometimes a person's feet/foundation is too rigid. While strength is good, too much rigidity limits the body's ability to absorb the shock associated with each foot strike. As a result, muscles become overworked in an effort to dampen forces, while certain bones may experience higher levels of stress. In this application, orthotics can be used to distribute impact-related stress across a greater area of the foot, thereby reducing peak pressures and muscular effort.

Orthotics can help with variety of health conditions.

Last but not least, orthotics can play a vital role in for those living with certain types of conditions or diseases. People with diabetes, for example, are more prone to foot ulcers and orthotics can be used to reduce friction and pressure points. Orthotics can also enhance comfort following foot injuries. There are also many neuromuscular conditions that can lead to tight or spastic muscles, and orthotics can help to realign the feet and lower limbs and improve balance.