To be honest, I was not a proponent of orthotics for many years. As I moved from having super strong feet as a ballet dancer to the "functional fitness" model that swept across most fitness facilities in the early 2000s, orthotics seemed like more of a bandaid than a fix. Fast forward 8 years and after studying hundreds (if not thousands) of feet I'm changing my tune. Sure proper therapies and rehab should be administered with the specific client or athlete in mind, but what if the damage has been there for 2+ decades? What if the strain from the athletic load or amount of walking around the city (speaking as a walking/public transit commuter) is greater than the structures can bear?
As with most alternative treatments, the results are mixed. This is because each individual human system is a special and unique butterfly. If you take one healing modality and apply it across the board, results will be inconclusive. However if are orthotics are recommended after a detailed assessment, there are more desirable outcomes. Research studies that pose positive results study the effect of orthotics on individual cases rather than across multiple cases.
How are they customized?
Customized orthotics are made based on the three arches of the foot. How you bear weight across these three planes will determine the shape of your foot and potentially the ways injuries or degeneration can result in your foot, knee, hip, shoulder, etc.
How do I know if I should get assessed?
So, after much thought and study we now have custom designed orthotics at Ascent! If we've talked about it in the office or you think they may be a good fit for you, contact us to schedule a complimentary foot analysis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a Sports Chiropractor in San Francisco. My posts reflect some of the day to day interactions and questions from patients, clients, and coaches. I strive to empower people through injury rehab & sports performance to lead healthy, productive lives.