Understanding Orthotics

Your feet are the foundations to the functioning of your entire musculoskeletal system. Spinal stabilisation is the first step in spinal health and Dr Sandhu can provide additional information specific to your needs.

1. Support: Over time, the effects of gravity upon a normal weight-bearing position will weaken the tissues and stress the joints in your feet. Custom-made orthotics can help reduce body-weight stress and strain by supporting your joints in the proper position and reducing excessive motion.

2. Locomotion: When your foot hits the ground during walking, a series of responses occurs along with your body's kinetic chain. Excessive pronation (flattening of the foot) due to structural or functional abnormalities, is responsible for more chronic posture problems than any other foot disorder. Flexible orthotics can control both the degree and duration of pronation as you walk.

3. Shock absorption: Heel-strike shock generates forces reaching five to seven times your body weight. Normal pronation relaxes the foot to absorb some heel-strike shock directly and decreases the angle between the bones at your knee joint - this helps to protect your spine and pelvis from extreme shock. When you have excessive pronation, this protective mechanism breaks down, resulting in excess shock transmission to your spine. By controlling pronation, custom-made orthotics enhances your body's natural shock absorbers.

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Conditions we can help with orthotics:

  • Heel/arch pain, heel spur/plantar fasciitis

  • Bunions

  • Ball of the foot (metatarsals)

  • Foot pain and shin pain/shin splints

  • Achilles pain/Achilles tendonitis

  • Knee pain/patella-femoral syndrome

  • Hip pain/piriformis syndrome

  • Lower back problems

Contact Bedford Chiropractic Clinic to find out more. We also offer massage therapy and sell premium pain-relief and nutrition products.