If you're having trouble finding the source of your chronic aches and pains, try looking down at your feet. Abnormal arches and other imbalances not only leave you with painful foot problems, they can also throw off your weight distribution and create many kinds of chronic strain. One of the secrets to overcoming these challenges lies in giving your feet the support they've been lacking. Here at Lynch Chiropractic Center, we can restore your comfort by providing you with custom orthotics as well as other non-surgical treatment methods.
How Foot Imbalances Affect Your Musculoskeletal Health
Your feet are tasked with managing your entire body weight every time you stand, walk, run, play sports, or dance. This dynamic situation requires both great flexibility and a structure that allows for optimal weight bearing. That's why your feet have arches. The arches help to distribute your body weight across the foot surfaces to aid the joints, muscles, and connective tissues.
However, arches can suffer from imperfections, and when they do, the rest of your body can suffer as well. For instance, many people have unusually high arches, "flat feet" (low arches), or uneven arches. These irregularities interfere with proper weight bearing, which can push your entire kinetic chain off center. The results may include:
- Plantar fasciitis (a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that supports the arch)
- Ankle, knee, and/or hip joint pain
- Premature osteoarthritis in the weight-bearing joints
- Vulnerability to foot or leg injuries
- Balance problems
- Back pain
- Chronic muscle strain
Arch problems aren't the only kinds of imbalances that can cause these problems. Two legs of unequal length, an undiagnosed spinal misalignment, obesity, and other issues can hobble your mobility, stability, and comfort.
Sole Supports Made Just for You
Custom orthotics can make all the difference in compensating for nature's imbalances. Unlike the "one size fits all" generic sole supports you find see in the drugstores, custom orthotic supports are made from unique scans of your feet. The resulting sole supports are perfectly shaped to give your arches exactly what they need in all the right places. Our Lexington chiropractor will evaluate and correct any spinal alignment issues or musculoskeletal symptoms associated with your arch issues, while also prescribing laser therapy, ultrasound, and stretching exercises as needed to help those painful tissues feel like themselves again.
Learn More from Our Lexington Chiropractor
Do you think you might be an ideal candidate for custom orthotics? Call our Lexington chiropractor today at (859) 266-1999 to learn more about this form of care and schedule an evaluation!