A functional foot orthotic is a device contoured to the entire foot. It’s placed inside your shoe in order to reduce abnormal motion or abnormal foot positioning. Foot orthoses can provide relief from more than just foot pain: they can have powerful effects across your legs, spine, and lower back.
Chiropractors are trained to assess if and when custom orthotics may benefit a patient. Dr. Jason Jumper and the team at Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood can help you manage foot pain using custom orthotics and other tools.
To assess whether or not you can benefit from custom orthotics, a chiropractor will use techniques like basic observation, gait analysis, functional analysis, and neurological or orthopedic testing.
Some patients can enjoy immediate benefits from off-the-shelf orthotics. Off-the-shelf orthotics will not be custom-designed specifically for the patient’s foot, but they can still provide powerful relief in certain situations. However, in cases where the patient has structural deformities in the foot that require correction, the chiropractor may refer the patient to a colleague – like a podiatrist or foot specialist – to co-manage the condition.
Chiropractors treat your body as a whole. When assessing knee pain, for example, a chiropractor will analyze functions in your hips, ankles, back, and feet. The patients who benefit most from orthotics may have pain in their feet as well as other parts of their body. By comprehensively analyzing all of these areas, the chiropractor can treat the root cause of the issue.
A foot scan is an easy and painless process. Foot dysfunctions – like pronation or supination – can cause pain in other parts of the body. A foot scan can reveal how these issues affect the other parts of your body. Pronation and supination can lead to conditions like plantar fasciitis, for example, as well as knee pain, hip pain, back pain, and even neck pain.
A properly-aligned body has symmetrical feet, level knees, pelvis, and shoulders. A set of custom foot orthotics can help alleviate issues related to foot conditions.
Schedule a free consultation with the leading chiropractic physician in Lakewood, Colorado today. Learn how foot imbalances may be causing pain throughout your body – and how a skilled chiropractor can help. Schedule your free consultation by phone at 720-493-5885.