What do my feet have to do with my spinal health?
Like the foundation of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, subtle changes can occur in the entire framework of the body.
These changes cause a chain reaction throughout your posture while you stand and walk, placing excess stress and strain on joints, muscles and tendons in the feet, knees, hips or even the lower back.
What are they?
Custom orthotics are medical devices that are manufactured to address your unique bio-mechanical needs and gait imbalances. They are crafted by skilled technicians based on a scan of your feet while you walk and while you stand, a foam or plaster cast of your feet along with detailed clinical findings from Dr. Helen. Custom orthotics fit comfortably into shoes with laces or straps by simply removing the existing manufacturer's insole and replacing it with your device.
How do I know if I need a custom orthotic?
If you experience any of the following, we need to talk!
Localized foot pain
Low back pain
Fun Foot Facts:
~ The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons.
~ The 52 bones in your feet make up about 25 percent of the bones in your body.
~ The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps each day
~ The average person will walk more than 100,000 miles in their lifetime, that's more than 4 trips around the world.
~ Women have four times as many foot problems than men, mainly due to poor fitting footwear including high heels.
~ More than 75% of the population will experience foot problems in their lifetime.