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Orthotics: Are your feet causing aches and pains in your legs and back?

Orthotics: Are your feet causing aches and pains in your legs and back?

Are your feet causing aches & pains in your legs & back?

Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like the foundation of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, the subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. These changes can put stress on joints higher up in your body, and lead to more serious problems.

Did you know that research has shown that 60% to 70% of people have abnormally functioning feet?

A Saanichton Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic professional can evaluate the way you walk (gait analysis) and determine if you are a candidate for custom foot orthotics.

Customs orthotics help rebalance your feet, reducing pain and discomfort by enhancing your body’s natural movements.

Prescription orthotics look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. 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. Orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole – and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of our feet.

Properly made orthotics are custom molded to the support requirements of your feet. They help restore the normal balance and alignment of your body by gently correcting foot anomalies.

How would I know if I had a problem?

The symptoms of faulty foot mechanics can include any one of the following:
⦁ Localized foot pain
⦁ Bunions, hammer toes
⦁ Arch/heel pain
⦁ Leg/knee pain
⦁ Hip or back pain

What can I do?

A Saanichton Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic professional can prescribe foot orthotics to help correct your specific foot and body imbalance. You can help by discussing nagging foot, leg, or back problems with us, and even by simply asking if your feet could be part of the problem.
This information is also summarized in an analysis report that can be printed for you to see. The report findings will help us evaluate your foot function and determine if the symptoms you are experiencing are related to faulty foot mechanics.

This information will assist us to determine your need for orthotic therapy, and will aid the lab in manufacturing prescription orthotics to support your feet.

Test your need for orthotic support

If you agree with any of the statements below, ask a Saanichton Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic professional how orthotics can help you feel better, from the ground up.

⦁ My feet are sore on a regular basis

⦁ I spend a good portion of my day standing or walking on hard surfaces

⦁ I play sport regularly (tennis, golf, basketball, etc.)

⦁ Standing, walking or running gives me joint pain (ankles, knees, hip, or back)

⦁ I am over 40 years old

⦁ I have visible foot problems (bunions, fallen arches, corns, etc.)

⦁ One of my legs is shorter than the other

⦁ I have knock-knees or bow-legs

⦁ My shoes wear out quickly or unevenly

⦁ My feet “toe out” when I walk

⦁ My parents had foot related symptoms