By connecting the legs to the feet, the ankle joints have an extremely important role in movement and stability of the lower body. The ankles allow the feet to rotate, enabling the many complex movements that are required to walk, run, jump and perform any other normal activity.
In addition to the high stress they have to withstand, the ankles are also highly interconnected with the feet. This means that any mechanical, structural and alignment issues in the feet can easily travel to the ankles. One example is overpronation, or excessive inward rotation of the feet, which is generally related to low arches. When the feet rotate excessively inward, it also pulls the ankles out of their natural alignment, which can increase the risk of injuries developing.
Methods of ankle alignment correction
Ankle alignment correction is a complex process, and it is strongly recommended that you consult with a qualified professional, such as a doctor or physical therapist, to achieve the best results. Along with movement training and targeted exercises, orthotic insoles are a popular recommendation that can address misalignments in the feet and ankles.
Orthotics can range from the mass-market options, commonly found in retail outlets, to custom-made orthotics that are crafted to the exact specifications of the wearer. Orthotics can help people dealing with misalignments in the lower body in the following ways:
- Increased comfort over long periods, potentially reducing fatigue and helping to maintain proper posture
- More support in key areas like the arches and heels to reduce overpronation and other issues
- Promotion of natural foot movement and alignment throughout the lower body, including the ankles
Biocorrect Custom Foot Orthotics Lab can help with ankle alignment correction
Handcrafted by biomechanical experts with more than 25 years of experience in identifying and addressing alignment issues in the body, Biocorrect has a full line of high-quality, durable orthotic insoles for every need. In addition to an in-person fitting at our office, you can also receive our convenient at-home moldable foam impression kit.