In Exercise, General Health, Treatments by Dr Joy/March 24, 2015/Leave a Comment/
•Do you suffer from heel pain?
•Do you have trouble walking the first few steps early morning?
•Do you see you shoes wearing out on the heel side faster than normal?
•Do you find it difficult to stand for longer time?
•Do you sprain you ankle very frequently?
•Does your child fall frequently while playing sports at the school?
The root cause of the heel pain (plantar fasciitis) is the faulty alignment of the foot and the ankle complex.
archFaulty alignment can also lead to development of bunions, hard skin over the great toe, mid-foot pain (mostly between 2nd and 3rd toes), and so on.... This can alter the mechanics of the joints above like the knee, hip and even the spine. Most people with knee joint arthritis (majority with inner knee pain) is secondary to flat feet or poor arch support.
Why do people get back pain when they wear high heels and stand or walk for longer durations? It's because the foot and the footwear play a huge role in aligning the body form bottom to top!
There is a solution!
The first step is to correct the foot and ankle alignment (treat the root cause)
Kinesiotaping to create a arch.
taping for plantar fasciitisKinesiotaping allows one to get the natural feel of the arch and it stimulates the small muscles of the feet and the calves to function better while supporting the arches. It also helps to train the brain to get used to the feeling of having a arch support and thereby enabling the whole process of Orthotic fitting in a much efficient way.
The next step is to get CUSTOM MADE ORTHOTICS fitted in a
orthotic on footproper footwear.
Now that you have the orthotics, you need to know how to wear them and allow the body to get used to it. Many people don't know how to wear them and they discard the orthotics due to the initial discomfort. Firstly, the kinesiotape will make the process smoother. Secondly, you must wear the orthotics only for a few hours in the beginning gradually increasing the time and frequency over a period of 3 to 4 weeks. You can also use ice packs in the beginning to reduce any soreness if any.
And the last step is to EXERCISE the muscles. An orthotic is a passive support and it has to be complimented with active exercises to maintain the alignment for longer duration.
Simple exercises like calf stretches, curling toes, walking barefoot on a beach can make the overall process of foot re-alignment a huge success!
towel grabbingbarefoot walkingcalf stretch
Call us to book your appointment today and get your FREE gait analysis and foot assessment.
Our chiropractor, Dr. Joy will assess you to find out if orthotics are right for you.
Brij, our Physiotherapist will do the kinesiotaping and the exercises.
**We will do 1 free re-assessment at 4 weeks from the fitting to find out if the orthotics and exercises are helping you and advice on any modifications if necessary.
Best in health,