Almost everyone has suffered from foot pain at some point in his or her life. A poll conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that more than half of all Americans had missed a day of work because of foot problems.
A close look at the human foot reveals a marvel of design and efficiency. Each foot has more than 100 working parts. No less than 26 bones work with the foot’s ligaments, muscles and tendons in two very small structures to support and balance the weight of the entire body. The force through a foot during normal walking puts up to 1.5 times one’s bodyweight on the foot. On average, our feet log 1 600 kilometres per year. Considering that the feet are highly complicated structures subjected to repetitive stress, it’s little wonder we run into problems. Foot pain is not normal and should not be ignored. The presence of foot problems can affect the proper functioning of other parts of the body, including the hip, knee and back.
Foot problems are often treated with shoe inserts called orthotics- custom-made shoe inserts. Custom-made foot orthotics are medical devices inserted into the shoe to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern (Foot function).
*Note| Some conditions/ gait abnormalities doesn’t require custom foot orthotics- in these cases existing shoe inners can be modified or off the shelf orthotic solutions are provided.
Foot orthotics allow the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential. When appropriately prescribed, orthotics can decrease pain, not only in the foot, but also in other parts of the body such as the lower back. They can also increase stability in an unstable joint, prevent a deformed foot from developing additional problems, and improve quality of life overall.
Orthoworx Orthotics & Prosthetics specializes in gait analysis and prescription of custom foot orthotics. We believe in managing the cause of the foot pain and not just the effect.
Effective orthotic prescription is ensured by:
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