Nine out of ten painful foot conditions are directly related to poor foot mechanics. That is, if your foot bones are not properly aligned, then weight will not transfer through your foot smoothly as nature intended. Thus, causing increase load/strain on the structures of your foot; the joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and skin. This can be corrected by getting "eyeglasses" for your feet, Orthotics. Corrective foot orthotics will align your foot properly, before you even take your first step.
Are the arch supports I can buy at the store the same as "corrective orthotics"? My one word answer "NO".
Again, thinking of the eyeglasses for the feet example; products you buy at the store are simply like LOW powered reading glasses and if all your foot needs is a little help these products may work for you. Corrective orthotics are like prescription eyeglasses that you get from your eye doctor, they are made for YOU to help correct your particular alignment issues.
Here are ways to recognize if you or a family member is not in alignment and could benefit from corrective orthotics:
When foot pain IS NOT relieved, or made worse, by over the counter arch supports
Waddle with walking: excessive movement of your body from side to side instead of moving forward smoothly
Standing or walking with your feet pointed outward instead of straight ahead
Not liking to move or walk. Hey folks, our bodies were built for movement
Having poor balance
Having ankle, knee, hip, back or neck pain
But, I've gone all these years without corrective foot orthotics...Why do I need them now?
Our bodies are wonderful at adaption, but for many a change in conditions (flooring, job requirements, activity level, and yes age) will be a trigger for developing foot, ankle, knee, hip, back and neck pain that our bodies will no longer be able to compensate to correct. Simply put when your feet are out of alignment, your entire body suffers.
Leonardo Da Vinci said "The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art". So go to an expert who is trained in evaluation of biomechanics of the pelvis and lower extremity, a podiatrist who you can trust will know how to get your body properly aligned. Making you as symmetrical and stable as you can possibly be, WITHOUT surgery.
Think custom foot orthotics are too expensive or don't work? THINK AGAIN. What is the price you pay while suffering with foot, ankle, and body pains as a result of poor biomechanics? Imagine getting out of bed in the morning and not being afraid to put your heel on the floor, not limping around the golf course, not having to take a day or week off from running.
The doctors at Sierra Foot & Ankle are experts in biomechanics and have helped many patients, just like yourself, get back to the activities they love. We will develop an individual treatment plan that is right for you. Call our office today to make an appointment. You can trust our office to deliver not only exceptional foot and ankle services, but just as importantly, to show you deep concern and genuine care for your well-being.