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How Orthotics can help

There are many different types of orthotics out there. Different materials, different brands, different shapes and sizes. They can be inserted into shoes you already wear and can be interchanged depending on the type.

Orthotic companies offer comfortable options that can be made to fit a variety of different shoes and different activities. When you come in for an assessment, I can recommend the best type for your needs.

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They are completely customized to your own feet. There is usually a foam cast taken to get the basic shape of the foot while semi-weight-bearing, as well as a gait scan, which can capture the pressures and gait timing that are difficult to do with just the eyes. The gait scan is done while fully weight-bearing as well as walking.

The majority of people who need orthotics usually are overpronators or oversupinators, both leading to other issues, such as back, knee, foot, or hip pain. The way they can help these issues is by stabilizing your feet so that you can allow the joints to move as they should. This also allows for better distribution of weight throughout your other joints (back, hips, knees, etc) and also helps absorb some shock with any activities, such as walking, running, or jumping.

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How do you know if orthotics are right for you? If you’ve had pain for many years and have tried various treatments, you may benefit from orthotics. If you know that you overpronate or oversupinate when walking, you potentially will need orthotics. It can easily be determined with a full postural assessment during an initial exam. Book one today with me to find out more information or get fitted for your orthotics.

*Disclaimer

What is Sciatica?

You may have read somewhere or been told by someone that you have “sciatica,” a sharp pain shooting down your leg. Sciatica is not actually a diagnosis. This is just a word used to describe a symptom.

The word ‘sciatica’ comes from the sciatic nerve, in which you are feeling that sharp pain. The sciatic nerve forms from several nerve roots exiting the spinal column. This is mainly what differentiates the pain from a bulging or herniated disc (more on this topic later).

Generally, the pain feels like it is shooting down one leg and usually does not go below the knee. This type of shooting pain could mean that there is something that is either pressing on or irritating the sciatic nerve. This leg pain can also be associated with low back pain, most commonly on the same side as the leg pain.

Depending on the cause of your sciatic pain, treatments can vary from chiropractic adjustments of the sacroiliac (SI) joint and/or muscle work. In order to prevent this pain from recurring, some strengthening exercises may be prescribed to tighten up the muscles surrounding the joints to protect them.

It is best to get this condition treated or looked at by a chiropractor in a timely manner because long-term irritation of a nerve can lead to permanent nerve damage.

If you or someone you know has this type of pain, be sure to visit your chiropractor to determine the cause of the pain and treat it appropriately. If your condition is similar to this or you are having pain below the knee, you may not have sciatic nerve pain and should immediately see your chiropractor to get a proper diagnosis and make sure that there is nothing more serious going on. More importantly, if you have having any numbness, tingling in the groin and bowel/bladder issues, this is a medical emergency and you should immediately call 911 or go to the hospital.

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Daina Patel, D. C.

*As always, this post is meant to be informative and is in no way meant to be used to diagnose or treat any conditions. Please see your chiropractor to properly diagnose and treat your pain. If you are having a medical emergency, please seek medical attention from a medical doctor. Please see Disclaimer.

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