ue to the repetitive nature of many jobs and poor sitting posture, undue stress can be applied to the joints in the leg and lower back. The stress applied to the leg may also be coming from the feet as the arches in the foot are shown to drop in many people. This lowered arch problem can lead to knee pain, hip pain, back pain and plantar faciitis.
A common injury associated with over pronation (flat feet), which results from the ripping and subsequent inflammation of the plantar fascia underneath the foot as the arch collapses. This can be extremely painful however Chiropractic research shows good results with treatment to the foot along with the fitting of arch supports in the shoes.
The foot on the left shows the orthotic correcting the arch. The right foot shows how a collapsed arch causes the foot and ankle to roll in. This is known as pronation and can cause harm to the knee, hip and back.
My feet can’t be flat I can see the arch
If you can see the arch when you lift your foot that is great, however, the key is whether your arch stays high when you stand with weight on it. In a lot of cases the arch can collapse with weight. One way to test this is to do what we call the ‘wet foot test’. This involves wetting the bottom of the feet and standing on a paper bag to make a footprint. Footprints with a very narrow, curved shape are said to represent high arches. Footprints with a semi-curved shape are said to represent medium arches. Footprints with a very straight shape are said to represent flat feet and thus over pronated foot types.
Orthotics (arch supports)
These are designed to support the arch under the foot to stop the arch collapsing with weight. They can be fitted to most shoes and are very comfortable. In our clinic our Chiropractors can test you feet and fit the correct orthotics for you if necessary.
To help find that cause we offer:
- A Private Consultation with the Doctor of Chiropractic
- A Thorough Examination including Neurological, Orthopaedic & Blood Pressure Tests
- X-Rays, if necessary
- A Verbal Report of our Findings and thorough Explanation of the X-Rays
After which you should know more about your body and the problems you are experiencing than you ever have before. Whether you go ahead with treatment, as always, is entirely your decision
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