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Podiatry

Each foot is an engineering masterpiece. The foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. We tend to take this for granted until something goes wrong or we develop pain.

Biomechanical problems affecting the feet can increase stresses within the foot structures and the surrounding soft tissues, creating localised pain in the foot, ankle and also problems in the lower limbs, knees, hips and back. Correction of poor foot biomechanics with Foot Orthotics can improve and prevent many types of symptoms such as:

Forefoot Pain (Metatarsalgia )
Arch Strain (Plantar Fasciitis)
Policeman’s Heel (Heel Spur)
Ankle Pain (Tibialis Dysfunction, Lateral Impingement Syndrome)
Shin Pain (Compartmental Syndrome, Shin Splints)
Knee Pain (Chondramalcia Patella, Patella Tibial Syndrome)

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Foot orthotics treatment:

Having foot pain is something that you must not neglect though it is normal. Foot problem can also affect other body functions and other body parts like knee, neck and back. Foot pain can be treated with shoe inserts known as orthotics. These days, you can avail customized foot orthotics which is also considered as the medical devices that you can insert in the shoes. These inserts can rectify the irregular and abnormal walking pattern easily. These foot orthotics are prescribed now by our therapists to reduce foot pain, to produce support, to prevent the deformity of foot and to prevent it from becoming worse, to offer right kind of positioning, in order to relieve the pressure on foot and to enhance the biochemical function for the foot.

Benefits of using foot orthotics:

The mechanical properties of foot orthotics help to ensure the correct positioning of the bones in the feet, ankles, and knees. The muscles and ligaments leading up to the hips and holding the leg bones in place are prevented from stretching over time, which can lead to further injury and aggravation.

Foot orthotics can also reduce muscular fatigue and may help to promote more efficient muscle performance. Many biomechanical problems related to the feet are caused by plastic deformation- which occurs when connective tissue is placed under repetitive or constant stress. The connective tissue may slowly stretch over time. Increases in tissue length can cause greater bone instability in the foot and lead to issues such as over-pronation, or fallen arches.

People who are active in sports may find that custom orthotics help to increase endurance, strength and performance abilities. Individuals who are overweight may find that orthotics relieve the additional stress of extra weight off the ligaments in their feet and legs. The use of orthotics can help some people to avoid or prolong having surgery.

Individuals who may benefit from foot orthotics include people who stand or walk on hard surfaces for considerable amounts of time each day, who participate regularly in high-impact sports, have had previous foot or leg injuries, or experience joint pain when walking, running, or standing.

Other people who have benefited from our products include :

Foot pain sufferers

In their lifetime, over 75% of North Americans will experience foot problems of varying degrees, some of which can be painful and disabling. In most cases, foot orthotics can be employed to help alleviate and even correct the condition.

Knee and back pain sufferers

Many people have chronic, lingering pain in their knees, hips and low back that has not responded to traditional treatment. If you are in this group, there may be a connection between the pain you are experiencing and the way your feet function. If your pain is due to your foot mechanics, orthotics can be a very effective way to relieve your symptoms.

People with diabetes

Diabetes frequently results in neuropathy, or nerve damage, in the feet. This can lead to sensation loss, leaving a patient unable to feel pain, heat or cold – which can also lead to stress and strain on other parts of the body. Millions of people use orthoses to reduce such strain.

People with arthritis

Arthritis is a destructive condition which affects the body’s joints. When it strikes certain joints in the body, a variety of painful conditions can arise. In many cases, foot orthoses can be employed to help patients retain and enhance mobility.

Athletes and runners

In an effort to enhance physical performance, many athletes rely on custom-made orthotics to keep the foot in its most efficient alignment, allowing the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments to work at 100% efficiency, prevent injury, relieve pain and increase efficiency.

Those who want maximum comfort

In response to the rigorous demands on their feet, many individuals employ custom-made orthotics in their shoes and sneakers to help absorb and distribute shock while providing relief from daily stress and injury.