Supporting Every Body
What are Stabilizing Orthotics?
Stabilizing orthotics are flexible orthotics that you wear in your shoes. They are custom-made and designed to each individual's unique and specific biomechanical, postural and weight-bearing patterns to provide the proper support for all three arches of each of your feet, restore your body's balance, normalize biomechanics and improve posture, alignment and total body wellness!
By providing the proper support for your feet, they help create a balanced foundation for your body. Correcting problems in your feet has amazing benefits that may surprise you! Stabilizing orthotics can help increase your strength, enhance your athletic performance and keep you feeling energized, even at the end of the day. They are available in many styles and features, depending on your needs and the type of shoes you wear.
How do they work?
Stabilizing orthotics help maintain your body's structural and functional balance. Your feet are your body's foundation and serve you in three important ways:
- They support your body when you walk, stand or run
- They help you move from one place to another
- They help protect your spine, bones, joints and soft tissues from excessive shock and stress as you move
Any weight-bearing imbalance, weakness or unstable positioning of your feet can create abnormal biomechanical stresses and postural distortions that can cause ankle, knee, hip, lower back pain, neck pain and even headaches!
How can they help my back, hip or neck pain?
My feet don't even hurt!
Your feet may not hurt, but they may be hurting your back! The joints and muscles of your body function most efficiently when they are in physical balance. The body is a biomechanical chain where abnormal movement of one joint can interfere with the proper movement of other joints. Your feet are your body's foundation and if they are not properly supported, abnormal biomechanical and postural distortions could develop that place excessive stress on your spine and joints as shown below.
These abnormal forces must be reduced and stabilized before long-term, improved spinal function can be achieved. Stabilizing orthotics help correct these distortions and help you develop the strength and flexbility you need to keep your body stable as you stand, walk or run.
How will I know if I need stabilizing orthotics?
Our office uses Foot Levelers' 3D Body View scanner to assess each patient's weight-bearing pattern. The 3D Body View utilizes cutting-edge laser technology to take a scan of your feet and uses arch height mapping to evaluate how your feet are balancing your body's weight on each foot. If your scan shows any imbalances, we can help you decide which type of orthotics are best for you.
Your scan will then be sent electronically to Foot Levelers, where your pair of orthotics will be custom-made to correct the weight-bearing imbalances found. Providing your feet with the proper support will help reduce the abnormal biomechanical and postural stresses that are placed on your spine, pelvis, joints and the rest of your body as a result of your feet's weight-bearing imbalances and put you on the road to long-term, improved spinal health!
Foot Levelers' 3D Body View Scanner
Why do I need custom-made orthotics?
What's wrong with those off-the-rack shoe
inserts that I've seen at the local pharmacies?
No one else's feet are exactly like yours. Everyone's feet are different in some degree or another. Off-the-rack shoe inserts are mass produced, made from generic molds and can't provide the specific support that you and your feet need.
Foot Levelers' 3D Body View is the most accurate and precise imaging system available! It utilizes laser technology (certified to be accurate within 300 microns, the width of two hairs!) to produce a 3D, volumetric, true color image of your feet to help identify any weight-bearing imbalances in just under 60 seconds! In fact, the 3D Body View utilizes the same technology that is used for industrial inspection of jet engines and other critical precision equipment!
The result of this technology's precision and accuracy is the perfect custom orthotic made to specifically address and correct your abnormal weight-bearing imbalances and biomechanical stresses, which in turn helps bring about peak performance and optimal health!
The Benefits of Stabilizing Orthotics
Stabilizing orthotics restore structural, functional and biomechanical balance and help you develop the strength and flexibility needed to keep your body stable as you stand, walk and run.
They encourage optimal muscle and nerve function by guiding your feet through a more normal pattern of movement, eliminating excessive forces on the other joints of your body with each step that you take.
Stabilizing orthotics are a great long-term wellness tool that allows you to maintain your balance, posture, alignment and spinal health. Together, chiropractic care and Stabilizing Orthotics help keep your life in balance!