Structural correction is very important when working with the Triangle of Health (Structure, Emotion, Physiology). A neutral position of the feet helps to align the hips and sacrum which is the foundation of the spine. Spinal alignment is of utmost importance in overall health and nervous flow to the body organs. When the feet are in a position of pronation (arch is fallen and the ankle is rolled inward), it usually causes one of the legs to appear longer and the hips will be uneven, causing a bend in the spine or scoliosis. This allows the spine and joints of the spine to wear down prematurely.
In addition to correcting spinal foundation problems, orthotics may be used to correct foot problems. Pronation is a condition that often starts in very young patients and can progress as the patient gets older. The correction of foot pronation is vital to overall health of the patient. When the foot is pronated, most of the weight of the body is moved towards the inside of the foot. While walking, most of the pressure of the body moves through the foot and towards the big toe. The toe off phase of the walking cycle places a great deal of pressure on the toes, especially the big toe when pronation is present. The increased pressure may lead to bunions and a movement of the big toe towards the lateral side of the foot. Bunions are an enlargement of the second joint of the big toe. This can be a very painful condition.
Orthotics correct the pronated position of the feet by moving the feet to a neutral position. In the neutral position, the arch is raised and the weight of the body is evenly distributed across the foot to the toes. Taking the pressure off the big toe allows the body to reabsorb or minimize the bunion.
Other conditions orthotics help correct are Plantar Fasciitis, Hammer Toes, and Neuromas.
Pronation is a condition that often starts in very young patients and can progress as the patient gets older. The correction of foot pronation is vital to overall health of the patient. If you suffer from this condition, or you think your children may be suffering from this as well, please call the office today to schedule an appointment to have your feet analyzed. 801-298-4646