Custom Foot Orthotics
Structural imbalances originate in the feet. If we do not address these imbalances, regardless of what other treatments or conditioning we use, whenever we are standing, our posture is imbalanced. This imbalance produces an abnormal mechanical loading on certain joints, tendons, and muscles, increases the likelihood of injury, and accelerates the breakdown or degeneration of parts of the body. Every human being has a unique structure, not only in their feet, but also in their entire neuro-musculoskeletal system. This is why it is important to understand the entire structure if we hope to attain optimal biomechanical alignment and function.
There are three arches in the foot (see Figure 1), all of which are critically important. The arches give the foot the necessary strength to support the body in the most balanced fashion. In most people, one or more arches on each foot have dropped. Most people also have an imbalance between their right and left feet. Even the slightest imbalance will trigger compensatory effects all the way up the structure. In addition, due to gravity, aging, and the incredible amount of stress we put on our feet during our lifetime, our arches fall over time. Because we’re typically one-side-dominant people and engage in both symmetrical and asymmetrical activities, it’s common for our arches to fall at different times in our lives, increasing the imbalance between our feet. This is why we recommend that all people be fitted with custom orthotics as early as possible in life. We begin patients at the age of seven, when their foot type becomes apparent.