Custom orthotics look like simple insoles for your shoes, but they are actually bio-mechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance.
Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like the foundation of a house, the structure of your foot supports your entire body weight. The slightest misalignment of muscles and bones can cause many different problems. Custom orthotics help re-balance your feet, reducing pain and discomfort by enhancing your body's natural movement.
The symptoms of faulty foot mechanics that can be improved by custom orthotics include:
Orthotics can also be used as a preventative tool.
At your first appointment for orthotics, you will undergo a full biomechanical and gait analysis with a chiropractor. This includes an examination of the foot and leg alignment, range of motion testing, skeletal alignment, functional testing and a shoe evaluation. We will need to look at your legs from the knees down. A pair of shorts would work the best or pants that can be rolled up past the knees. Following your analysis, a treatment plan will be discussed and the chiropractor will make a mold of your foot, which will be used to create the custom orthotics.
Your orthotics will be ready for pick up in approximately 2-3 weeks. A second appointment will be booked to for you to pick up your orthotics.
Most patients feel an immediate positive difference when they insert their orthotics. It can, however, take a little while to get used to them, and you may feel slight discomfort at first. If you continue to feel discomfort with your orthotics, it is important to schedule another appointment with your chiropractor to assess where the pain is coming from and make any change that may be required your orthotics. Changes are included in the cost of the orthotics.
Many people can benefit from custom orthotics, including people who:
Custom orthotics are covered by most extended health care plans. In some cases, you may require a prescription from your family doctor to be able to make a claim for orthotics. Each plan is unique, so it’s best to check with your plan.
For more information about custom orthotics and the various styles that are available through Degen’s Health Group, you can visit www.theorthoticgroup.com.