How Do I Know If I Need Orthotics?

There are a number of back problems which can directly benefit from or even be resolved by the use of orthotics during daily activities. Orthotics are foot supports worn inside your shoes that balance your feet and back. They are not just cushioning — they help align your foot and ankle. Orthotics can help with foot, arch, heel, ankle, leg, and back pain.

Foot pronation is a downward movement of the inner part of the foot. Lifting your foot and looking at it will not tell you if you pronate. One must be weight bearing to see if the arch of the foot flattens or the ankle rolls inward. When this happens the ankle rotates down as does the knee and hip, and the pelvis drops on that side. This can result in pain anywhere from the foot to the low back.

Besides pain in the foot, leg, or low back (especially when standing or walking a while), another sign of pronation are your shoes wearing unevenly.

If you have pronation along with low back pain and the feet do not get treated, then the low back pain will be hard to resolve. Also, if you have low back pain after being on your feet a while we definitely want to check the feet. People with very flat feet or very high arches often have issues that can be resolved with orthotics.

If you experience back pain when on your feet a while, or have foot, knee or hip pain, ask us to check your feet.

What makes Dr. Charlene Thorburn so different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is also a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.

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