Here at Romford & Ilford Family Chiropractic we offer a Free consultation Submitand biomechanical assessment to see if orthotics could help you.
Your feet are the foundation of your entire body. They do an incredible amount of work each day that we tend to take for granted. However, the slightest misalignment in their function can cause many painful conditions to occur throughout the body resulting in severe discomfort and affect your sport, hobbies, work and even everyday activities.
The structure of your foot supports your entire weight. The misalignment of muscles and bones can cause many different problems.
Quite simply you can hurt all over!
What Can Help?
The majority of the above complaints are caused by a poor biomechanical foot function and can be helped by orthotics.
An orthotic is a non-invasive appliance used to correct a biomechanical imbalance. Our orthotics are custom made to your specific foot imbalance. They fit comfortably inside your normal footwear and are usually made of polypropylene that flexes with the weight of your body. Due to advanced technology our orthotics can be manufactured thin enough to fit a range of footwear, yet strong enough to be able to last for life. We can even make styles for ladies heeled fashion shoes.
Tried orthotics and other treatments before?
Many patients who come to our centre have tried all manner of treatments before, including painkillers, massage, cortisone and other orthotic devices. By the time we see them they are often highly sceptical there can be any solution.
However, there are many reasons why the pain has not subsided. Firstly massage, cortisone and other hands on treatment can help alleviate the pain in the short term and gain a week or even a month’s pain relief, but if the condition is due to poor foot mechanics any such treatments will only ever be a “short term fix”.
Numerous clinics and other companies offer orthotic devices. They can range from different materials (some soft/some rigid), bought off the shelf or may be prescribed using plaster casting, pressure pads or scanning technology. Quite simply, it comes down to the skill and expertise of the practitioner and their diagnosis, the materials used in the device matching the exact requirements of the patient to support the foot and the accuracy of the measurements taken.
What is included in the assessment and how much does it cost?
You will be given a full biomechanical assessment with a fully trained member of staff. During the assessment they will examine the alignment of your feet, knees and hips and explain in detail any biomechanical imbalance that is occurring, discuss any conditions or pain this could be causing you and the options available to alleviate the pain.
This appointment is completely free of charge and there are no hidden costs.
How much are the orthotics?
Our orthotics are individually prescribed for your exact requirements. They can vary between approximately £200 – £500. Until we see your feet we will not be able to give an accurate price but the consultation is free so it costs nothing to attend and be assessed
How many times will I need to see you?
Usually only once. However, if you prefer to think it over and come back for a separate appointment, you are welcome to do so.
How long does it take for orthotics to work?
This can vary from patient to patient. Some will feel immediate relief while others can take time to adapt. Each case is very individual, but we are only a telephone call away to talk through your individual case. We would usually expect to see a considerable improvement in approximately 8 weeks. Once you receive the orthotics, you may wish to arrange a follow up appointment after a few months to see how you are getting on or talk over any concerns.
Conditions Affected by poor foot function
Heel pain occurs when the plantar ligament beneath the foot is constantly pulled and strained due to the foot collapsing into pronation or supination. This causes a condition called plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. There can be many different foot types that can be affected by this condition and it can aggravate all areas of the foot including the heel, inner or outer arch and even the ball of the foot.
Pain in this area can be caused by a misalignment of the subtalar joint (main joint of the foot). This misalignment can lead to instability of the ankle and can cause pain in the medial or lateral side.
An instability in the sub talar joint can push the foot into pronation This in turn forces the calf muscles to work harder to attempt to keep the foot in a neutral position. Since the Achilles tendon attaches onto the calf muscle and heel bone this can result in a constant pull and lead to inflammation of the Achilles (Achilles tendonitis). The Achilles is avascular and can be slow to heal. Therefore the condition can be extremely debilitating.
Bunions are caused by excessive weight being forced through the medial side of the first metatarsal head (behind the big toe). The pressure can cause the big toe to start to deviate inwards causing a lump to form on the outside of the toe. This can lead to a burning sensation or general pain and look unsightly. Accurate orthotics cannot cure a bunion, but will realign the foot and thus reduce pain and prevent the bunions becoming worse.
Pain which is localised to the front or medial aspect of the knee is normally caused by over pronation of the foot (flat feet). The pronated foot can cause the knee to internally rotate resulting in a misalignment of the knee cap leading to irritation of the Patella Tendon known as Patella tendonitis or Chondromalacia.
Pronation of the foot can have an effect on the knee, causing an internal rotation. This can have an impact on the muscles that support the leg. In some cases this can lead to a pain in the outside of the thigh (Ilio Tibial Band syndrome) and into the hips (Piriformis syndrome).
Ball of Foot (Metatarsals)
Pain and symptoms occurring in this area are usually due to a drop in the metatarsal heads which form the metatarsal arch in the ball of the foot. This can lead to metatarsalgia (a general pain in this area), Morton’s Neuroma, March fractures, corns and calluses.
Lower Back Problems
Lower back pain can often be a result of poor foot function and can occur if a patient has a condition known as Ankle Equines. Ankle Equines can cause a hyper extension of the knees and a forward tilt of the pelvis resulting in the patient suffering from Sacroiliac joint pain. Lower back pain can also occur from other biomechanical imbalances of the feet such as pronation and supination.
Shin Pain / Shin Splints
Pain in the shins is usually a result of shin splints. This is caused by poor foot biomechanics resulting in the pulling of the muscle (Tibialis anterior) which runs between the bones in the lower leg. You may find this is normally aggravated when running and can instantly affect your sport/training or hobbies.
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