A recent study was undertaken by researchers at Harvard Medical School to determine if there was a relation between foot pain and pain in the lower extremity joints. This includes the ankles, hips and knees. What they found was a significant link between foot pain and knee pain. "The foot is the foundation of the body," the study reported, which was published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. "If the foundation is not sound, it could have a deleterious effect on the joints above the foot and ankle, namely the knee and the hip."
Knee, ankle and foot pain can lead to a dramatic shift in your quality of life. Activities that you once found easy and enjoyable can suddenly become painful and very difficult. So what is the best way to ensure that your foundation is sound? According to experts, adding orthotics to your shoes can help to relieve pain from many common conditions in the knees, ankles and feet.
How do orthotics help my knees, ankles and feet?
Orthotics do much more than simply making your shoes more comfortable. Unlike off-the-shelf shoe inserts, true orthotics address problems in the feet that can affect the ankles, knees, hips and even lower back. Orthotics can help with:
- Realigning lower extremity joints — The hip, knee, and ankle joints are all part of your lower extremities, or legs. Problems in your feet can change the way you walk or run. They can also cause misalignment in your lower extremity joints. Knee inflammation is often caused by misalignment, due to the ankle turning too far inward when walking or running.
- Reducing risk of ankle injuries — Many foot conditions can result in instability of the joints in the ankle, such as plantar fasciitis and arthritis. The increased instability increases the risk of an ankle sprain or other painful injury. Orthotics help support the ankle and reduce the chances of injury.
- Improving shock absorption — When walking or running on hard surfaces, our ankles and knees absorb more shock than usual. Absorbing excessive shock in the feet can create pain and other issues that can spread to our ankles and knees. Wearing custom insoles helps to improve shock absorption.
What is the best choice for custom orthotics near me?
For fully custom orthotics to address your foot, ankle and knee problems, turn to the experts at Biocorrect. Our team can help by evaluating not just your feet, but your entire lower body, from your lower back all the way down to your feet. This holistic evaluation is designed to reveal joint misalignments and other issues that may be the cause of your pain. If you are unable to visit us in person, we can send you an at-home evaluation kit to help get you started.
Contact us today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.