The Nottinghill Family Wellness Centre in Oakville offers custom shoes, Birkenstocks, orthotics and assessments. Come in for a free orthotic assessment and our competitively priced orthotic inserts and custom shoes. The deal at the clinic is $500 for 1 pair of orthotic inserts and either another pair of complementary inserts or a pair of custom shoes.
Walking…it’s something we take for granted, unless something happens that makes us focus on it. We walk all the time, in fact an average of 2,500 steps per day, and if your feet are misaligned then bunions and hammertoes will form on our feet. Orthotic inserts increase the area of contact between the ground and the foot, distributing the force of impact over a greater area. In this way it redistributes the pressures acting on the bottom of the foot and thus provide relief to sensitive or painful areas. They give added support to the arches and they can control the amount and the rate of foot motion – especially pronation. Flat feet are known as over pronation, where the arch of your foot is under developed. The lack of an arch is concerning for chiropractors because it causes foot pain and the pain can even be felt in the back or legs. It is important to get orthotics if you have this particular condition because you give your foot arch support.
The other rare condition is over-supination, which is seen in athletes and runners. This increases the risk of shin splints, planar fasciitis, ankle sprains and stress fractures. Orthotics are great for athletes because they let your foot move the way it should. Some examples of supination include inversion, plantar fixation and adduction. The neutral position is the position where the foot is neither pronated nor supinated, that is, neither on the outer edge nor the inner edge of the sole bears the body‘s weight.
When you experience pain in your feet, back or other parts of your body that impairs your ability to walk comfortably, your entire lifestyle is affected. If left unsupported, your feet will absorb unhealthy strain throughout the day. This forces the rest of your body to compensate. The energy used to compensate for poor weight distribution can also sap your endurance and strength. If you feel you have one of these conditions or you are just suffering from pain then it is essential to order orthotics.