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3 Benefits of Using Orthotics

Walking is an integral part of our day-to-day lives. A little defect in your gait can cause issues in the long run. Orthotics can help you deal with this problem. Take a look at some of the benefits orthotics can offer:

Provides support
Orthotic insoles control and guide the foot while restricting movement in certain directions. This is beneficial for those people with reduced arch support; either genetic or when it has developed over time. The support offered by these devices ensures posture correction, which in turn reduces the amount of wear and tear on the feet. When you are able to mold orthotic insoles to the exact anatomy of your feet you can ensure that any support which is naturally lacking is properly corrected. This is essential when you are carrying excess weight, as all that extra weight takes its toll on the feet. Source: SelfGrowth

Prevents pronation from getting worse
In people with pronated feet and ankles, the bearing of body weight shifts to the outside of the foot, which can lead to painful bunions, among other problems.

Pronated feet and ankles can also cause the knees to turn inward, a condition commonly known as knock-knees. This abnormal placement of the knees then shifts the angle where the thigh bone meets the pelvis, resulting in an unsteady hip posture that also destabilizes the spine. The result is a domino effect that starts at the feet, works its way up the leg and into the pelvis and spine. Walking and standing with the feet, legs, hips, and spine constantly out of alignment can contribute to back pain.

The use of foot orthotics that realign the rear of the foot to prevent foot pronation may help stop this domino effect from occurring. Source: Spine-Health

Reduces muscle fatigue and pain
The muscles and joints in your ankles and feet work hard to keep you moving. Unfortunately, repetitive movements or a particularly intense workout can cause these muscles to fatigue, resulting in soreness and pain. Orthotics can reduce or prevent muscle fatigue, especially if you have small arches in your feet.  Source: Nearsay

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Dr. Brian Floyd
3721 Delbrook Ave #119, North Vancouver, BC V7N 3Z4
(604) 987-7100

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