When people say that their ” dogs are barking” what they mean is that their feet are aching with pain, fatigue or discomfort. So how can orthotics help and what are they?
Orthotics are insoles for your shoes. The insoles are designed to make your feet more comfortable while walking. Some of them are generic and some are custom fit. The generic ones can help you feel more comfortable especially if the original insoles were poorly made. Customized orthotics are for people with chronic problems that don’t resolve. The chronic foot pain can be caused by several issues and not just with the feet. People can have abnormalities of the bones of the feet, low arches, high arches, feet turned in or supination, feet turned out or pronation, plantar fascitis, heel spurs, neuromas, non- healed injuries of the foot or ankle, scar tissue, subluxations or misalignments of the feet, ankles, knees, hips, pelvis or lower back. All of these issues and more can benefit from custom made orthotics. However, the difference between orthotics made by a foot doctor and a chiropractor can be night and day. Before I create a custom orthotic for a patient I correct the alignment of their entire spine, hips, knees, ankles and feet. Then and only then do I cast the orthotic. So when the orthotic is cast with the entire body in perfect alignment, the orthotic can help the patient hold their correct alignment and resolve the foot issues and sometimes issues of the ankles, knees, hips, lower back and spine. On the other hand, if the patient has the orthotic cast while having the problem, since foot doctors cannot adjust the alignment of the joints, the orthotic will mold to the patient’s incorrect alignment and procure the same problem. I believe the orthotics I make are superior for this reason. Additionally, our orthotics are usually less than half the price of a pair made by a podiatrist.