Vancouver – Custom Foot Orthotics
The knees take on a lot of wear and tear over the course of the average day. With every step that you take, a certain amount of impact is absorbed by your knees and this situation can be further exacerbated by additional factors. Taken together, it is quite common to see a range of people suffering from varying levels of knee pain.
In addition to acute injuries, some of the more common causes of knee pain include arthritis, ligament injuries, cartilage injuries, tendonitis, and gout. You may experience a variety of different syndromes and diseases, like Osgood-Schlatter Disease (irritation of the growth plate at the front of the joint as seen in adolescents) for example.
For each of these, it is important to consult with a medical professional for further advice and treatment. They may recommend strengthening exercises, for instance, that will help to stabilize the knee joint during daily activities. They may also recommend knee braces and other related devices to provide the same kind of stability to the knee joint.
That said, it is important to look beyond just the knee when thinking about knee pain. Morespecifically, one of the leading cases of knee pain is a misalignment of the lower leg. This is oftentimes due to imperfections in the foot, making for an inadequate foundation for standing, walking, running, and other activities.
When the feet are not aligned correctly, added strain is placed on the lower leg, the upper leg, the hips, the back, and indeed even the knees. With each step, the arch of the foot flattens. This is called pronation. With overpronation, the arch flattens too much or the foot “rolls in” too much, creating a misalignment and putting strain on the tibia and fibula bones in the lower leg. These in turn increase stress on the knee joint.
Orthotics and knee pain
As such, one of the most effective ways to treat for knee pain that results from this kind of misalignment is to re-align the feet to provide for a better foundation for the rest of the body. This can be achieved with custom orthotic inserts for the shoes. The custom orthotics will help to minimize the amount of overpronation, making for less strain on the lower leg bones and less stress on the knee joint.
Foot orthotics have far reaching effects that go well beyond just the feet. By helping to realign thefeet, they can help to change the distribution of force throughout the foot, ankle, shin, and knee. In doing so, the force is more balance through the leg. It is typical to experience knee pain toward the inside part of the joint, so by displacing some of that force to the outside part of the joint, pain canbe lessened.
Further still, orthotic inserts can act as fantastic cushions for reducing the overall force and shock that results with each step. Again, this not only helps with the muscles, bones, and ligaments in the foot and ankle, but also in the lower leg, the knee, the hips, and even the back. The body works as a system.
Vancouver orthotics for knee pain
Not all orthotics are made alike, just as there are individual differences between every person. This is why the most effective orthotics are those that are custom fitted. It can take some time to get accustomed to a new set of orthotics, but properly designed and fitted orthotics can make a world of difference in alleviating knee pain.
— Vancouver Foot Orthotics Clinic —Electra Health Floor – 970 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC
Open 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm
604-685-4325 (HEAL) YWCA – 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver BC
Open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm
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