Your FEET are your foundation for the entire upper body movement (kinetic) chain. A weak foundation makes the whole house/body stressed.
The Achilles tendon is a term that describes a large tendon at back of the lower leg and heel that allows the calf muscles to connect to the heel. With excessive foot pronation combined with too much running, walking or weight bearing activities, the muscles can pull on the tendon with too much stress and it can cause pain along the tendon or at the heel where it attaches. Inflammation and swelling can also result.
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Callouses & Corns;are toughened areas of skin which have become thick and hard as a response to repeated contact or pressure. Corns are specially shaped callouses that can be soft or hard depending on the type of pressure and location on the foot. If you look at your own feet, the usual places you find callouses and corns are on the tops of your toes, the balls of the feet and the bottom surfaces of the foot and heels.
In the average person, as the 3 foot arches start to collapse over time and drop to the floor, the foot gets longer. This causes the toes to now touch or rub on the end of the shoe. The increased pressure on the tops or bottoms of the toes and feet can then cause the corns and callouses to form.
Almost all of us have had a sprained ankle once in our lives. I am sure you remember how painful it was. Of course sprained ankles commonly occur because someone was performing an activity and they probably "turned their ankle" the wrong way. But did you realize that the 80% of people out there whose arches are already collapsing have a higher risk of getting sprained ankles?
Do you remember when you stood up and turned your feet inward? Do you remember the pressure you felt on your inner ankles? Well, that type of pressure to some degree occurs in people who excessively pronate every time they walk or run. So it makes it easier to sprain their ankle due to the forces placed on it when they play sports. Ankle sprains can be really painful and swell up.
Off-the-shelf vs. Custom Orthotics? Get Educated Before you buy!
Anything off-the-shelf is going to be less expensive, for sure. But considering that a pair of off-the-shelf orthotics are manufactured for a “generic foot”, each will necessarily be a mirror image of the other. Can you say that about your feet? Of course not.
Most orthotics sold today as “custom” are actually prefabricated “off-the-shelf” products!
Often, the term “custom” is used in marketing to describe orthotics similarly to the way food is labeled “all natural” or “farm fresh”. What does that really mean?
Whether a provider uses a foot scale, a foam imprint, a flatbed optical scanner or a pressure-sensitive gadget of any kind, the orthotic sales process is focused on selling you a properly sized prefabricated orthotic. But they justify calling it “customized” if they modify it in any way. What type of adjustments qualify as customizing the orthotic?
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Your feet and ankles are the foundation for your entire spinal structure and affect your long term health and wellness.
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