Custom Orthotics: $450 (Prices vary by style)
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The only object you can always guarantee will move you from point A to point B is your feet. Whether you lead a sedentary, active – or somewhere in between – lifestyle, your feet do most of the work every day, and often we take that for granted. Though they carry our full weight day by day, they are easily susceptible to injury: misalignments can cause debilitating conditions to impact any part of your body and greatly affect your everyday activities. It is so important to take extra precautions to ensure misalignments of muscles and bones doesn’t happen.
The way you use and treat your feet can send a ripple effect throughout your body. A helpful defense against misalignments and injury is an orthotic; a non-invasive appliance used to correct foot imbalance.
At Capstone Health, we create casts of your feet in the office to ensure the optimal fit. Then, we contact our colleagues at The Orthotic Group based in Markham, Ontario to create the orthotic, custom-made for your specific foot imbalance. They fit comfortably inside your normal, everyday footwear, and are most often made of polypropylene that moves and flexes with the movement of your body. Because of advanced technology, our orthotics can be manufactured thin enough to fit a variety of footwear styles.
Heel pain occurs when the plantar ligament beneath the foot is constantly pulled and strained due to the foot collapsing into pronation or supination. Often, this is because of a poorly supported foot and causes a condition called plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. Many types of feet can be affected by this, and the pain or discomfort is not isolated to the heel. All areas of the foot, including the heel, inner or outer arch and even the ball of the foot, are aggravated by this condition.
Precisely where the foot meets the leg, a common pain can be caused by a misalignment of the subtalar joint (main joint of the foot). This misalignment at the ankle can lead to its instability, causing pain in the medial or lateral side.
Achilles Pain occurs when there is an instability in the sub talar joint, where it pushes the foot into pronation. As a result, calf muscles have to work harder to keep the foot in a neutral position. Because the Achilles tendon attaches to the calf muscle and heel bone, it may feel like a constant pull, and lead to inflammation of the Achilles (Achilles tendonitis). Unfortunately, the Achilles is avascular and can be quite slow to heal, making the condition quite debilitating.
When excessive weight is forced through the medial side of the first metatarsal head – behind the big toe – the pressure can force the big toe to deviate inwards, creating a bump, or bunion. Bunions sometimes feel like a burning sensation or cause general pain in the foot, and look rather unsightly. While proper orthotics can’t cure a bunion, they serve well to realign the foot, reduce the assocated pain and prevent it from worsening.
If there’s a pain around the from or medial part of the knee, there’s a good chance there’s an over-pronation of the foot, more commonly – you’re flat-footed. When you have flat feet, your knee rotates internally and misaligns the knee cap as a result. While there are several issues associated with this, most commonly, it irritates the Patella Tendon, causing Patella tendonitis or Chondromalacia.
Believe it or not, the structure and stability of your foot has a major role in the health and wellbeing of your hips. While pronation of the foot can have an effect on the knee, causing an internal rotation, it also impacts the muscles that support the leg – specifically the muscles on the outside of the thigh, causing Ilio Tibial Band Syndrome. In certain cases, the pain moves from the outside of the thigh upward to the hips, called Piriformis Syndrome.
Ball of Foot (Metatarsals)
When you’re experiencing pain and symptoms around the ball of the foot, it is usually due to a drop in the metatarsal heads. Those form the metatarsal arch in the ball of the foot; this can lead to general pain in this area – metatarsalgia – or Morton’s Neuroma, March fractures, corns and calluses.
Lower Back Problems
Sort of like a domino effect, when your feet aren’t working, other parts of the body may follow. If you’re experiencing lower back pain, it can often be a result of poor foot function, especially if a patient has a condition known as Ankle Equines. This can cause a hyper-extension of the knees and a forward tilt of the pelvis, which resulting in the patient suffering from Sacroiliac joint pain. Other instances that cause lower back pain include biomechanical imbalances of the feet, such as pronation and supination.
Shin Pain / Shin Splints
Commonly experienced by runners, pain running up and down the forefront of the lower leg (shins) is usually a result of shin splints. This is caused by poor foot biomechanics, from the pulling of the muscle (Tibialis anterior) which runs between the bones in the lower leg. You may find this is normally aggravated when speed-walking or running. Because of its stinging sensation, expect shins splints to alter your activity level.
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