Foot Mechanics and Structural Symmetry

A person holding both of their feet, with pain radiating from the bottom of the feet

Foot biomechanics add an interesting dimension to structural symmetry and leg length. People experience leg length changes not because it is a “normal” condition as many are led to believe. Leg length changes may be caused by hip dysplasia or fractures of the femur when the growth plate is open. But most commonly, leg length change occurs when lifting improperly in conjunction with poor posture creating extreme stress on the S-I joint and the myofascial system. This can be the same area that contributes to sciatica.

Foot mechanics that cause a flat foot, “pes planus” or a high arch “pes cavus” can have problematic influence on the knee and hip. A foot that is flat produces stress on the knee that causes muscle tension. Since a large majority of the muscles that cross the knee originate in the hip, the effect of a flat foot will be magnified at the knee and hip. The orthotics that we issue are custom made to address your unique foot condition.

Custom Orthotics for Foot Pathologies 

We can personally customize orthotic impressions, to enable support and control in four areas; the heel, arch, great toe and toe box. In this manner, the foot can become a positive component in supporting the lower limb and contribute to the optimal function of the lower limb, knee, hips and lower back. Custom Orthotics also provide excellent relief from a wide variety of foot pathologies and related maladies:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Shin Splints
  • Stress Fractures
  • Plantar Pressures (Blisters, Callouses, etc.)
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Heel Pain Syndrome
  • Turf Toe Injuries
  • Hallux Limitus/Rigidus
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Hallux Valgus
  • Forefoot Lesions
  • Metatarsal Stress Fractures
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

For more information about finding the custom orthotics that are right for you, get in touch with us on our website or by calling us at (740) 549-7041.

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