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The structure of your foot supports your entire weight. The slightest misalignment of muscle and bones can cause many different problems. The symptoms of faulty foot mechanics may begin with any of the following:
Localized foot pain
Bunions, hammer toes
Arch, heel pain
Leg, knee pain
Hip or back pain, even neck pains
You can hurt all over!
What can you do?
Your Health Care Professional can prescribe foot orthotics to help correct your specific body imbalance. Prescription orthotics are medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance.
What are prescription orthotics?
Orthotics work on the feet in the same way that braces work on the teeth-by exerting gentle consistent pressure to bring foot muscles and bones back into proper alignment. They fit comfortably in shoes and are usually made of flexible moulded thermoplastic. The devices are always made from custom precise impressions taken of your feet.
How do orthotics help?
Your feet are the foundation of your entire body. They do an incredible amount of work each day. The smallest imbalance can cause a great deal of discomfort, but properly fitted prescription orthotics help restore the normal balance and alignment of your body and bring relief from fatigue and pain. Orthotics are so comfortable, and help your feet work so naturally that you will want to wear them as much as possible.
In your shoes your feet rest comfortably on the orthotics. Your feet are gently and consistently forced into the correct functioning position for walking, running and standing. Pressure points, improper rotation of the foot, painful muscle strain and abnormal forces on the legs, hips and spine are eliminated because orthotics enable your feet to function properly.
Your feet are the foundation of your body.
People sometimes wonder how orthotics can correct knee or hip problems. Have you ever had a blister on the bottom of your foot? If you have, you know that you try not to put pressure on it. You change the angle of your foot when you walk, and the next thing you know, your knee or hip hurts because you're walking differently. Or, you may have a sore back or hip, and when you alter the way you walk to compensate, your feet begin to hurt. There are many reasons for aches in the back, legs and feet-accidental trauma, poorly fitting shoes, or simply signs of age.
That's why people whose feet or legs are not "biomechanically correct" or in perfect alignment, often experience pain in other parts of their body.
Remember, your feet are your foundation. Orthotics correct the movement of the foot, and that relieves the problems in the legs and hips.
It takes a computer to make orthotics this perfect.
A computer makes orthotics that give you exactly the right correction-accurate measurements of the way you walk. In the past, doctors relied on plaster or foam casts to get an impression of the feet. Unfortunately these casts record only the shape of the foot at rest. When a plaster cast is made, the foot is not bearing any weight, nor is it in motion. Foot problems develop while moving and bearing body weight, not while sitting.
Orthotics are made from measurements that are taken by a computer while your feet are in motion and bearing weight.
Here's how it works
You walk across a mat that's connected to a computer. The mat has 960 electronic sensor points built into it. As you walk, the mat scans your feet in motion 30 times per second, taking incredibly precise measurements throughout your footsteps of the way your feet touch the ground, and how you distribute your body weight.
The information is analyzed by the computer to produce instant 2D and 3D graphic images of your feet that you can see on the screen. The same information is then sent via modem and analyzed by sophisticated diagnostic software that specifies the prescription for custom orthotics to correct the way you walk.
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If you think orthotics might help you, we're here to help. You may be surprised at how easily they can provide relief. And check your insurance plan, because many plans include orthotics coverage. For more information about foot conditions and orthotic therapy, ask your doctor, or visit www.footmaxx.com.
At Some Point 75% Of The Population Will Suffer From Foot-Related Problems.
This often results in pain and discomfort in the feet, ankles, knees, hips or back. And yet just 2% will ask their doctor about it. Many people think they have to live with it, or hope it will just go away.
Why do people have problems with their feet? It's simple. The foot is always in motion and under enormous pressure from the body's weight. As we walk or run, our entire weight lands on our feet, up to 10,000 times a day.
Doctors and scientists know that with the proper support, most problems with the feet, and in many cases, legs and lower back, can be remedied. If you have experienced this type of discomfort, your doctor may be able to help you quickly, easily and painlessly.
Orthotics are very thin and lightweight. They fit easily and discreetly into your existing shoes. They are similar to insoles, except that they are custom made just for you. They help your feet move more effectively and enhance your natural movement. You can wear your most stylish, form-fitting shoes, and still get the proper support and correction from orthotics.