With the foot being made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles and tendons, it is clear to see that the human foot is a complex piece of natural engineering. It combines both mechanical intricacy with structural strength but if any of its components are not working optimally, problems might develop.
It is estimated that the average person will walk roughly 115,000 miles (four times around the globe) in their lifetime. With improper foot mechanics or misalignment of the feet, it is certainly possible to experience pain or problems either in the foot itself, or commonly further up the kinetic chain in your knees, hips and back.
Feet problems are mainly hereditary and unfortunately, over 75% of the population have problems with or caused by their feet – yet less than 2% do anything about it.
The solution to these various aches and pains might be so much simpler than people appreciate– foot orthotics. Foot orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts which help restore the natural position of the foot and prevent damaging compensation in other joints, muscles and ligaments. They can therefore reduce or eliminate pain. It is of course hugely important to address other factors that may be contributing to symptoms, e.g. muscle tightness, joint flexibility and reduced proprioception (basically how your feet communicate with the brain) highlighting the importance of a full assessment of gait mechanics and the kinetic chain by an experienced clinician.
Prescription orthotics, realign and support the feet enabling them to function normally, effectively and optimally. At Legacy Medical Centers, we use Foot LevelersTM specialized computer software to measure every aspect of foot allignment and balance to create individualized, comfortable and multi-shoe compatible orthotics. Sport specific orthotics can also be produced and for those patients with special needs and who need extra care such as the diabetic or arthritic sufferer, specific orthotics can also be manufactured.