At pt Health we offer the custom foot care you need to enjoy your life! Did you know that orthotics and gait scans can:
- Secure proper positioning of foot bones, joints, ankles, and knees.
- Help correct foot disfunction.
- Improve athletic performance, endurance and strength.
- Help relieve pain and foot fatigue.
- Benefit older adults who live with arthritis.
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Orthotics are health care products custom designed to provide support and correct abnormalities that occur in the body due to poor foot biomechanics. Biomechanics focus on the study of the body’s movement during various activities like walking, running and playing sports.
Your feet impact the proper functioning of your entire body including your knees, hips and joints. Proper foot biomechanics help your body move as efficiently and functionally as possible. pt Health clinics work with you to measure and fit custom-made orthotics for the effective treatment of musculoskeletal variances. Your new orthotics will help to better support targeted joints that may have become unstable and will facilitate normal joint movement. As an example, an extensive body of scientific research states that orthotics are one of the most effective ways to treat various kinds of foot problems such as Plantar Fasciitis.
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Orthotics are used as a preventive measure to help restore the natural state of your feet. Orthotics can help to reduce pain in the ankles, heels, soles, and in other areas where pain is related to the improper alignment of your feet. If you spend a lot of time standing or walking, you may experience pain. Without proper intervention, you may end up with incorrect posture. Pain can worsen in your knees, back and even neck!
If you play sports, even the slightest imbalance in the foot may make you more prone to other types of physical stresses and injuries. People who are overweight also put a lot of extra stress on various joints and could benefit significantly from orthotics.
I feel discomfort when I wear orthotics, is that normal?
initially you may feel discomfort in certain areas of your body like your lower back, legs and feet. However, after a readjustment of the muscles and ligaments takes place, there will be a gradual new alignment. The discomfort that you experience is normal, you can expect it to subside after one or two weeks.
Do I need to wear separate orthotics for sports activities?
You may make use of standard orthotics for sports activities. However, there are dedicated sport orthotics that can be used when playing sports that involve a lot of foot movement. The sport orthotics are made up of resilient materials that you will not feel when you play your favorite sports.
I do not experience any pain, should I wear orthotics?
Orthotics are one of the cheapest and easiest preventive measures for correcting foot problems. They can help reduce shin splints, backaches and unhealthy pressure on joints and ligaments. Even if you do not experience any pain, you can wear them in your shoes to increase your comfort level.
When should I replace my orthotics?
If you wear orthotics every day, you can buy a new pair after eighteen to twenty-four months. If you do not wear them as often, they will last for several years.
Will it cure my foot problem?
Orthotics will greatly help in reducing and eliminating foot related problems and will also prevent foot related disorders which can have a negative effect on the body.
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The research Effect of an orthotic intervention on sensorimotor integration mechanisms in patients with musculoskeletal disorders was conducted by Bodynamics Laboratory, New York Chiropractic College Research, NY. It was concluded that altering sensory feedback signals from the plantar surface of the foot with an orthotic intervention modifies sensorimotor integration mechanisms in a subject-specific manner.
In a study on the Effects of exercise and custom-made orthotics on blood pressure and heart rate variability: a randomized controlled pilot study, it was noted that the results showed positive changes in cardiac and vascular autonomic regulations with exercise training when combined with foot orthotics.
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