The problem with our feet is the ground! We humans are animals that are meant to leave footprints wherever we go, we are meant to collapse our feet (pronate) to absorb shock when we strike the ground, and then dynamically reposition the foot (supinate) before taking our next step. We typically accomplish this in nature by pressing the foot into the ground. The consequences of the hard surfaces we walk on are numerous, and we walk on hard surfaces in greater proportions as time goes on. The hard ground affects our feet as well as our skeletons; we become less able to dynamically reposition the bones of the foot and subsequently the skeleton attached to our feet becomes misaligned. These consequences include foot problems like plantar fasciitis/heel pain, achilles tendonitis, shin splints, flatfeet, as well as skeletal problems like knee, hip, and spine pain, misalignment, and arthritis.
What are Orthotics?
Orthotics, also known as orthoses, refers to any custom-made device inserted into a shoe that correct an abnormal or irregular, walking pattern. Orthotics allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. While over-the-counter insoles are available and may help people with mild symptoms, they normally cannot correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription foot orthotics can since they are not custom made to fit an individual's unique foot structure.
Why do I need a custom orthotic by Dr. Stanford?
You may have tried over-the-counter insoles, or perhaps even a custom orthotic produced by a pedorthist or chiropractor and wonder how can a custom orthotic prescribed by Dr. Stanford be any different?
A custom orthotic by Dr. Stanford begins with a discussion of your particular symptoms and a detailed biomechanical exam and gait analysis. Following which, He gives an explanation of your diagnosis by describing in detail your foot condition and any contributing biomechanical problems. He then prescribes a custom orthotic specifically designed to correct the function and movement of your foot, to assist with resolution of your symptoms and foot condition. As a Foot Surgeon, Dr. Stanford has an in-depth understanding of the mechanics of the foot and ankle and how they affect the proper alignment of the entire body.
At Aurora Foot & Ankle Clinic, we prescribe and fit many different types of custom orthotics to meet the needs of any age or any activity type.
For more information on Orthotics in the Langley, BC area call Aurora Foot & Ankle Clinic at (604) 248-8985 today!