Benefit from custom orthotics to improve your whole body.
Orthotics for the Whole Body System
When most people think about orthotics, they think about flat feet, bunions and plantar fasciitis. However, orthotics can be beneficial for conditions affecting the entire body as a connected chain. Because your feet are your only point of contact with the ground as you move through life, if alignment is off at this level, higher body segments can be impacted. Orthotics have been shown to be beneficial, not only for foot and ankle pain, but for knee and hip conditions, low back pain and scoliosis.
How do I get orthotics?
To avoid paying completely out of pocket, it is recommended to get an orthotics prescription for your physician. This can come from an orthopedist, podiatrist or even your primary care physician.
You will need to schedule an orthotics evaluation with an orthotics-specializing PT. On this visit, your PT will perform a thorough gait assessment, examine foot alignment in weight bearing and non-weight bearing positions and screen for a possible leg length discrepancy. After determining what type of orthotic would be best, the PT will take a few measurements and take a plaster mold of the foot. This mold is sent to a lab with the therapist’s recommendations for correction.
After the orthotics are shipped back to the clinic (typically within 2-3 weeks), a PT will make sure they fit properly and are comfortable. A wearing schedule will be reviewed and instructions for care and follow up are issued. Then you’re free to enjoy your new orthotics! Hopefully, you’ll find your feet and body feel better but be sure to return to your PT if you have any issues.
Do I need orthotics?
If you have chronic or recurring foot/ankle pain, knee or hip issues and/or low back pain, you may benefit from custom orthotics to improve your alignment. However, alignment is not always the issue. Your PT will perform a thorough evaluation and may decide custom orthotics are not necessary. PTs can also make recommendations for over-the-counter inserts, exercises to improve strength/flexibility and offer tips for proper shoe wear.
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