Foot Orthotics from Our Chicago Chiropractor at Body Works Health & Wellness
Your feet have a difficult job — one that requires the proper support. The complex series of bones, joints and connective tissues that make up the arches of the feet are meant to withstand and balance the weight of your entire body, not just when you’re standing still but also when you’re in motion. Structural abnormalities can strain the feet while also forcing all the weight-bearing joints out of line with each other and creating chronic pain. But you may find the relief for your discomfort in the form of custom orthotics from our Chicago chiropractor, Dr. Zaffarkhan.
Our Chicago Chiropractor Discusses How Chronic Back Pain can be linked to your Feet
The normal foot has three major arches: the lateral longitudinal arch along the outside of the foot, the transverse arch spanning the middle of the foot, and the medial longitudinal arch that runs along the instep. The medial longitudinal arch is the largest and most well-known of the three, but they all work together to distribute your body weight efficiently across the foot. Unfortunately, not everyone has arches of the correct height. High or low arches can throw your entire body off balance, causing chronic back pain, neck pain, or pain in the knees, ankles, hips and other weight-bearing joints.
Custom Foot Orthotics Provide Pain Relief
While many of the causes of the chronic back pain or other joint pain we see primarily call for a chiropractic adjustment, sometimes the problem turns out to be lower down. If an analysis of your spinal alignment, stance and gait tell us that your feet aren’t supporting and balancing your body correctly, the solution to your various aches and pains may turn out to be a pair of custom foot orthotics.
Unlike the shoe inserts you see at the store, custom orthotics are made for one pair of feet alone — yours. Our Chicago chiropractor at Body Works Health & Wellness will take molds of your feet for the creation of inserts that match your feet’s arches and dimensions perfectly. By providing your feet with ample support and restoring normal vertical balance, orthotics can relieve issues such as:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Achilles tendonitis
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Chronic back pain and neck pain
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Ankle strains
- Heel spurs
- Chronic muscle strain
If you also need chiropractic adjustment and other therapies to overcome the lingering effects of unbalanced posture, we can provide those treatments as well. For instance, massage therapy and physiotherapy can loosen muscles that have become tight from the constant stresses and strains of supporting an unbalanced body; they can also help ease the inflammation of plantar fasciitis and help strained connective tissues heal themselves more quickly. We can also recommend smart footwear choices and lifestyle habits to help your feet stay healthy.