Are Custom Orthotics Right for You?

Are Custom Orthotics Right for You?

Back pain is now considered a global epidemic that affects about 80% of the population. Further, Doctors are less and less willing to prescribe prescription pain medications to their patients… so what is the solution?

Doctors of Chiropractic have long prescribed custom shoe orthotics in Burlington to patients who experience back pain because their treatment is most effective when combined with addressing not only the back but also the hips, knees, ankles, and feet. Further, when used in combination with the appropriate footwear, a custom foot orthotic can be effective in helping to treat a number problems. Common symptoms of poor foot mechanics include foot pain, bunions, arch/ heel pain, leg/ knee pain, and hip/ back/ neck pain, among others.

A custom orthotic is a device, similar to an insole, which can be inserted into the shoe to support, align, and/ or prevent foot abnormalities and improve how the foot functions. The rigid body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motions that take place during the gait (walking) cycle. Since the orthotic works to realign the structure of your foot, it may feel unnatural or uncomfortable for the first few wears; that is why Chiropractic Doctors recommend you only wear them for a couple hours during the first two weeks, in order to adjust slowly without discomfort and slowly extend your wear time each day.

The results of a research study done by the National University of Health Sciences supports this comprehensive treatment approach used by Chiropractors by demonstrating that shoe orthotics alone or combined with chiropractic care can significantly improve low back pain. The results confirmed that patients using custom shoe orthotics in combination with chiropractic care had experienced significant improvement in both function and pain, measured across six weeks, as compared to two other test groups who either received no treatment for their pain or only shoe orthotics without treatment.

A custom foot orthotic in Burlington is crafted based on a Biomechanical Assessment of the foot and gait taken by a Doctor of Chiropractic. It is very important that your health care professional is well trained in this type of assessment and care. A cast is taken of your feet and the custom orthotic is created from that mold and can be used by you only. This method ensures accurate support and alignment for your unique foot and body. Custom orthotics can also be specifically crafted for dress shoes, sports shoes, and casual shoes, depending on your need.

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