Your feet provide the foundation to your body and support you when you’re standing, walking or running. They adapt to the changing environment and physical demands to protect your bones, joints, soft tissues and spine from stress when you move. During your growth spurts your feet modify in size and shape yet over time with ageing and ongoing stress can deform and lose their structural integrity. This foot dysfunction can lead to chronic knee, pelvic and spinal distortions and exacerbate existing clinical conditions even those with no apparent relationship to the feet. One of the predominate changes in the foot which can require foot orthotics is the presence of pronation otherwise known as “flat feet”.
Benefits of orthotics
Improve lower limb alignment
Improve balance and positional sense
Enhance sports performance
Reduce injuries and fatigue
What is pronation?
Did you know that 77% of people suffer from moderate to severe pronation?
When the foot has lost any of its underlying arches and cause rolling in of the foot it is termed pronation and can create a flat-footed appearance. Flat feet are less shock absorbent, dysfunctional and make it more unstable base for everything above – the bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons of the entire body.
It can also lead to:
Shifting of the body out of alignment
Aches and pain in the feet, knee, hips, spine and shoulders
Lead to injuries and problems like shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, balance issues and osteoarthritis
Women with flat feet are 50% more likely than those with out to have lower back pain
Up to 1/3 of people suffer from pronation
Being experienced practitioners at Aim 4 Health we understand the relationship between foot stability to conditions of the spine and joints. To attain healthy movement in the body you need to have adequate structural support and function in your feet to achieve a healthy performance. At our office, we take a professional approach to examining the health of your feet for the presence of such conditions to provide the right care at outcomes for your body.
During our examination, we provide:
A detailed structural and functional assessment of your whole body including your joints and muscles from head to toe
Photo and video assessment of feet, posture and gait
An effective treatment program designed for your specific problems
Chiropractic adjustments to the extremity and spine to ensure proper positioning of the bones and joints
Orthotics to control pronation to provide support and comfort
Advice on correct footwear to use
Exercises and activity advice including an initialised walking and turning assessment.