Do I Need Foot Orthotics?

Do your feet ache at the end of a long day?  If so, it may benefit you to look into custom made foot orthotics.  As a chiropractor, I am often amazed at the condition of many of our patient’s feet and the general lack of concern regarding proper foot care.  Many of our patients have spent years wearing high heels and improper fitting shoes that were “stylish” or “professional”.

Most of our patients at Frisco Spinal Rehab are unaware that we offer customized orthotics because so many other types of treatment are utilized.  Many of the patients that have discovered this service are extremely appreciative of the cost and the results of this product.  At the time of this writing, the cost for a pair of customized orthotics is $150.  It is not uncommon to see charges in the $300-500.00 range at other offices.   This service is one of our hidden gems.

Are Foot Orthotics for everyone?

Not everyone needs or can benefit from orthotics.  Only people with certain foot conditions such as bone spurs, plantar fasciitis, neuromas and heel pain are ideal candidates.  Plantar fasciitis is a condition that results from straining the fibrous band of tissue that runs from the heel bone to the ball of the foot.  This tissue is normally strained when the arch drops excessively and the fascia is pulled or elongated.  This aberrant motion is called hyper pronation.  Customized orthotics are designed to support the arch and prevent hyper pronation.

A large percentage of the patients we treat in Frisco suffer from lower back pain.  In some of these cases, the low back pain is chronic and testing the feet for hyper pronation and the possible need for orthotics can prove invaluable.  In our office the first test is to observe the feet throughout the gait cycle.  If a problem is observed, the next text is called the Navicular Drop test.  This is a simple test to determine how much each arch is dropping and whether orthotics are likely to provide stability to the kinetic chain.

In addition to helping foot conditions and back pain, customized orthotics can also play an important role in reducing biomechanical stress in the ankles, knees, hips and sacroiliac joints.  Professional golfers commonly use custom orthotics to provide balance from the feet all the way through the body and to the club head.

The orthotics in our office are made from a casting kit not a computer scanner.  No measurement is more true than the traditional casting method.  After a cast has been made then the orthotics can be further customized with depressions to accommodate for bone spurs or other imbalances.  Softer more flexible materials are then selected for sports use or harder materials such as graphite composite for dress shoes. The whole process takes about 15 minutes.  The orthotics last from 1-5 years.

Anyone in the Frisco, TX area is welcome to come is for a free consultation regarding customized orthotics including our current patients.  In addition to this service, we also have success using ultrasound for soft tissue conditions in the feet.  Just like the spinal joints can be adjusted, the joints in the feet can be reset as well.  Many patients have reported remarkable success with foot, knee and ankle adjustments.  Other treatment options we use are massage, Graston (a type of massage with stainless steel instruments), cold laser therapy and rehab exercises such as the marble drop and towel scrunch.  Feel free to contact us is you have any questions about your particular condition.

Written by David Kaff, D.C.