A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes – they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. The custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle. Custom orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole – and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.
Custom foot orthotics can be used to prevent ankle sprains and control repeated injury caused by lateral ankle instability. Orthotics provide balance and enhance support during normal gait. To help instability, orthotics with a heel cup device and postings give added support to weak ligaments. A deep heel cup will embed the calcaneus and protect it from movement. Postings raise the side in which the ankle is subject to roll, providing it with added support.
Lack of proper care, ill-fitting shoes and general foot neglect are responsible for the majority of foot problems.
It is important to understand that your feet have a very direct impact on the rest of your body and support you and your weight with each step. A small abnormality in foot function can have a large impact on your ankles, knees, hips and low back, causing pain and discomfort.
The most common biomechanical fault of the foot is called pronation. This will cause the foot to flatten out as the foot strikes the ground. Orthotics easily correct this as you can see in the picture to the right.
Some common conditions that can be helped with custom fit orthotics include: Plantar Fasciitis, Bunions, Hammer Toes, Ankle Sprains, Shin Splints, Calluses, IT Band Syndrome, Piriformis Syndrome, Achilles Tendonitis, Knee, Hip and Low Back Pain.
All orthotics are custom made for each individual person and designed to provide maximum biomechanical control by using four main components (top cover, cushioning, module and bottom cover) to create the optimal orthotic.
If you would like a free biomechanical assessment of your posture and gait you can call Vernon Active Health to schedule an appointment. I also do not require you to be a patient of the office to have the assessment done.
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