Orthotics are custom made shoe inserts designed to treat disorders caused by faulty biomechanics in the foot. Your foot is equivalent to that of a home in the sense that it requires a strong, stable foundation in order to resist the forces of gravity and Mother Nature. A poorly designed home will eventually crack or comes apart altogether. Our feet are the foundation to our bodies. When the foot has lost its supportive structure and faulty mechanics develop, a myriad of pathologies arise leading to problems you might think are unrelated to the foot, when in fact they actually are.
At Core Spine And Sports Center® we offer custom fitted orthotics through Footmaxx™ using the most advanced gait analysis system, the Footmaxx Metascan™. Ever wonder what your walk says about you? It can tell you if you are unbalanced, injured or even what might likely develop at a future date and time. We are able to take this gait analysis technology, add it to our clinical experience of having worked with runners and develop a clear method of examining, diagnosing and restoring equilibrium to your foundation.
Custom orthotics help train and condition your foot to adapt a better walking technique so as to neutralize the effects of gravity and impact between the ground and your foot. In doing so, we can finally address many underlying causes of biomechanical imbalances in the lower extremity and elsewhere.
The symptoms of faulty foot mechanics can be felt throughout the body, affecting muscles, joints ligaments and even nerves. Poor ground dispersion of forces at contact leads to a repeated absorption of these forces at the level of the and all the way up kinetic chain. Improper foot mechanics tend to lead to the wrong muscles recruiting or muscles recruiting out of sequence during such activities as walking, running and standing. This can lead to ankle sprains, muscle imbalances, premature wearing of joints (a.k.a. arthritis) and a cascade of inflammatory events as a result of micro-tears in muscles and ligaments.
Orthotics are made to help the foot move properly, requiring less effort, less fatigue and giving better support as the weight of the body comes down on the foot during the gait cycle. Before we determine whether you need a pair of orthotics we will first take a detailed history of your complaint and address any other possible concerns we may find during the examination process. It is important to evaluate if any imbalances exist. If it is determined that you would benefit from an orthotic, then prior to casting, our doctors will check all 33 joints of the foot and ankle to ensure each joint is moving properly. If a joint dysfunction is found our doctors will first restore proper mechanics in order to ensure the orthotic is casted correctly, keeping your foot in a biomechanically sound state. When done correctly the orthotic helps to add cushion, support, function and stability to your foot, thereby decreasing risk of injury throughout your body.
Benefits of Orthotics
- Reduce hip, knee and ankle pain
- Decrease low back pain
- Decrease heel pain and pain associated with bunions
- Reduce pain associated with calluses
- Reduce plantar fasciitis / heel pain
- Reduce running injuries (eg: Iliotibial Band syndrome, posterior shin splints, runner’s knee)
- Reduce metatarsal and forefoot pain
- Decrease or eliminate arch pain
- Reduce the feeling of tired/achy feet
- Prevent the progression of many foot problems
What is the Metascan™ Analysis?
The Metascan™ system is one of the most innovative and sophisticated gait analysis tools available today. This technology analyzes your foot mechanics, taking 150 images per second as your foot moves through all 3 phases of walking (heel strike, mid-stance and toe off). By comparison, the human eye observes at a frequency of 7 images per second. During the scan, the system records timing sequences during your gait and captures the relative pressure load of each area of the foot (Medial Heel, Lateral Heel, Mid-Foot, Metatarsals 1-5, the Hallux and the Toes 2-5).
The information gathered is summarized into a full report of the gait analysis which helps us identify whether the patient may be over pronating, supinating or whether other structural issues are present leading to abnormal stress and injury throughout the body.