The lower body represents one long kinetic chain. This means that the bones, muscles and connective tissue that allow us to move are highly interconnected, pushing and pulling on each other to accomplish basic activities like walking, running, jumping or even just standing. To function properly, our kinetic chain needs to be aligned and balanced. Otherwise, it can cause excess strain to be placed on another part of the body.
The feet are the endpoint of this kinetic chain, generating the momentum needed for movement by coming into contact with the ground and pushing off of it in a certain way. By helping the feet rotate laterally during movement, the arches play a critical role in movement and stabilization.
However, certain relatively common structural problems with the arches can throw off the kinetic chain and increase the potential for injuries in the foot and other parts of the upper body. By addressing these structural issues, custom arch supports can promote a more natural stride.
Structural issues that require customized arch support
In general, people seek out custom arch supports for either high or low arches. Neither structural issue is painful by itself, but as discussed above, they can lead to biomechanical problems that put excess pressure on points in the lower body. In particular, these structural problems can cause the following issues:
- Low arches — Also called collapsed or fallen arches, low arches can be associated with overpronation, or excessive inward rotation of the feet.
- High arches — On the other end of the spectrum, high arches can cause supination, which is an excessive outward rotation of the feet.
Orthotic insoles that offer custom arch support can be measured to the exact specifications of the wearer’s foot. This can promote a more neutral foot motion and a balanced kinetic chain that lowers the likelihood of injury development.
Biocorrect Custom Orthotics Lab promotes natural foot alignment
People requiring custom arch support can find it with Biocorrect’s fully custom insoles. In addition to being fitted at our office, you can also order a pair from the comfort of your own home with the help of our moldable foam impression kit.
You can visit our online store to learn more about our full line of products and how they can help provide the arch support you need.