Experiencing discomfort in your lower back, hips, or knees? It’s time to uncover the hidden connection between your feet, shoes, and pain. Believe it or not, the alignment of your feet plays a pivotal role. But fear not, for there’s a solution: Custom Orthotics offered by our clinics in Oakville and Burlington. These ingenious devices have the power to transform your posture, refine alignment, and alleviate pain. Read on to discover how orthotics may help with your current injuries.
The Biomechanics of Custom Orthotics
Let’s start with a quick anatomy reminder that your musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles, and joints) enables day-to-day physical activities. Your feet along with your ankles are the foundation of the musculoskeletal system. Consequently, any dysfunction in them can impact the proper functioning of your legs, pelvis, hips, knees, and spine.
Despite referring to thee arch of your foot singularly, there are actually three:
- Anterior transverse arch
- Lateral longitudinal arch
- Medial longitudinal arch
Your footprints give us clues about arch loss and the movement of your feet as you walk or run.
Asymmetry in the left and right landing of your feet affects your entire body. Imbalanced knee rotation, pelvic tilt, and shoulder drop manifest as:
- plantar fasciitis
- metatarsal stress fractures
- Achilles tendonitis
- shin splints
- knee pain
- abnormal hamstring stretching and tension
- low back pain
- thoracic extension and rounded shoulders
- tech neck and added load on your spine.
Made from durable and high-quality materials, custom orthotics slip inside your shoes surreptitiously to optimize your biomechanics. Orthotics gently adjust the alignment and weight distribution of your feet to alter the pressure coming from the ground to your foot.
By redistributing pressure on your feet, orthotics support the alignment of the joints in your feet, ankles, knees, and hips. They are used to:
- Lessen foot pain by absorbing excessive ground reaction forces.
- Improve the movement of your foot and lower leg by correctly positioning your foot inside shoes.
- Decrease consequential strain in your body by adjusting any irregular walking patterns.
- Correct your posture and improve gait mechanics.
- In sports rehabilitation, custom orthotics support and stabilize affected areas to prevent stress and excessive movement on injured tissues.
Custom Orthotics as Part of a Full Treatment Plan
Orthotics work best when they are used in tandem with physical therapy and exercise.
Returning to your old self after injury or pain can be difficult but not with us. Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinics in Oakville and Burlington are wellness centers that provides manual therapy and joint movement; soft tissue and deep friction massage; core activation and stabilization; lumbar and cervical traction; and taping and exercise prescription.
What We Do at Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic in Oakville and Burlington
At Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic, we are dedicated to helping improve your quality of life and to decrease pain.
Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic is an expert and experienced multidisciplinary healthcare team, with physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, sports medicine doctors and pedorthists.
No matter who you are, our approach is tailored to you like our custom orthotics. This wellness centre will have you returning to your old self.
We are recommended by over 130 family doctors in Oakville, Mississauga, and Burlington, Ontario. Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports clinic has locations in Oakville and Burlington.
For more info about incorporating orthotics into your treatment plan, contact Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic.