Foot Orthotics in Oakland ca
I feel lucky to have a job that requires me to be on my feet all day. Sitting at a computer for hours on end just isn’t for me. But one of the side effects of being on my feet is that sometimes, at the end of the day, my feet are tired and sore. One of the things that has helped me the most is good custom orthotics.
There are a couple of camps of thought on feet. You’ll often see people walking around in their “glove shoes” that offer no support. The idea behind this is that the feet should grip the earth instead of passively walking on it. I agree with this thought to a point. If we all still walked around on dirt and rocks, then yes, we should grip with our toes and be able to feel the ups and downs of the earth. However, most of us walk around on unforgiving concrete all day. Concrete is not soft like dirt. It does not give and there’s nothing to grip. Concrete pushes back hard and we need a barrier between our feet and the concrete. The downside of walking around on concrete with shoes that have support is that our feet don’t develop the muscles they would if we were walking barefoot on sand and dirt. So we end up with dropped arches and pronated feet that lead to painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain) and knee pain from the flat feet.
What to do? One solution is orthotics. Good custom orthotics will place your feet in the correct position, raising up your arch and placing your foot, legs, and hips in a neutral position. Can you get orthotics off the shelf? Sure. But they won’t be that good and will only provide some generic support and cushioning.
Feet are complicated. Each foot contains 26 different bones and even more joints that work together to enable the foot to move in a healthy manner. When the foot is out of balance, so are the ankles, knees, hips, and spine. There are two basic stages of the foot when walking: arch down and arch up. The first stage, arch down (pronation), happens when the heel strikes the ground and the foot unwinds inside, the arch falls due to gravity. The second stage, arch up (supination), happens when the foot winds up again to act as a lever and push your foot forward into the next step.
In the arch down state, the foot absorbs shock and adjusts to varying surfaces. If the arch absorbs too much shock, it can collapse and your foot muscles have to work harder. You can end up with various symptoms of foot pain from this problem (called over-pronation), such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain from over-stretched arches), metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot), etc. About 90% of people over-pronate when they walk, causing flat feet.
So why are most over the counter orthotics useless? Because they don’t provide full arch support or full foot contact with the orthotic. Custom orthotics are the only way to provide the support that the arch needs. The way they are made are unique to each person’s arch, guaranteeing contact of every part of the foot.
I highly recommend Sole Supports. I have been using them for about 10 years and have casted hundreds of patient’s feet. What I like most about Sole Supports is that they take into account the biomechanics of the foot while you’re walking. Some practitioners use fancy computers to scan your feet to get the best fit. However, this is really a trick and is just taking a picture of your feet. Sole Supports orthotics require a 3-D mold to be taken to ensure the proper fit. Sole Supports is also more affordable than most custom orthotics. They have a high quality design and use long-lasting materials. In order to qualify as a Sole Supports physician, I had to take a one day training to learn how to cast the feet appropriately and learn the science and biomechanics behind their product. Additionally, they have wonderful customer support, a generous warranty on their products, and discounted pricing for additional pairs of orthotics. They even have a kid’s program which discounts the pricing even further for kids because they outgrow their shoes quickly.
If you’d like to learn more about Sole Supports custom orthotics, receive pricing, or schedule an appointment to see if Sole Supports are right for you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 510-922-1579
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