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Orthotics and the Foot/Spine Connection

Static support:

During a standing posture, the alignment of the arches in each foot has a significant impact on the position of the legs and pelvis. When the arches are low and/or pronating excessively, the knee will rotate. A research study using radiographic measurements found that custom-made, flexible orthotics can significantly improve the alignment of the arches when standing.

Dynamic support:

During gait, the foot must permit a smooth transfer of the body’s center of mass over the leg to conserve energy and keep the work expenditure to a minimum. This requires an orthotic to be flexible, yet supportive, and orthotic designs must consider:

  • Weight and intensity of forces
  • Proper movement and function of the foot
  • Support of all three arches to prevent eventual arch collapse.
 

Postural benefits:

Improving foot alignment can help maintain knee, hip, pelvis, and even spinal postural alignment. Preventing hip, knee, or spinal joint degeneration requires the additional support and shock absorption provided by orthotics. And a pelvic or spinal tilt or recurrent subluxations will often respond rapidly to orthotic support.

In Layman terms, custom orthotics from Foot Levelers are excellent products that work well at balancing the musculoskeletal system – enabling a healthy lifestyle.

Achilles Tendinitis:

Achilles Tendinitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, the tendon that runs from the calf muscles down to the back of the heel bone.

Achilles tendonitis usually occurs due to overuse and is most reported in athletes—most frequently, runners. It’s also common in middle-aged “weekend warriors” who engage in sports.

Achilles tendonitis is most found in individuals aged 30-40, with 90% of these cases occurring during sport/exercise. It’s most frequently brought on by excessive physical training (running or lunging) or by wearing inappropriate footwear while training. The condition usually develops over a course of weeks or months, with pain and stiffness gradually worsening. Without proper treatment, the condition may become chronic.

Causes:

  • Repetitive or intense strain on the Achilles tendon.


Symptoms:

  • Pain and stiffness over the lower leg, just above the back of the heel
  • Typically begins as a mild ache that worsens over time.
  • Jumping, prolonged running, stair climbing, or sprinting may spark severe pain.
  • Tenderness or stiffness is usually worse in the morning, and often improves with activity.


Prevention

  • Increase activity level gradually.
  • Choose shoes carefully and wear custom orthotics in every pair.
  • Stretch daily and always before exercise.
  • Strengthen your calf muscles!


Recovery

Recovery from Achilles tendonitis may take as long as four to six weeks, especially if the pain had become intense before treatment. Responding to Achilles tendinitis early, and fully, can prevent the condition from becoming chronic.: