Custom Orthotics: Good for More Than Just Your Feet

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Back pain and orthoticsTools are usually very specific to how you use them—that’s why tool chests have so many pieces inside. A tire pressure monitor can’t be used to check your temperature. One the other hand, many tools have multiple purposes and can be used in many different ways. Power tools come with many attachments for just that reason. Believe it or not, custom orthotics are not just one-use tools. They can do more than address foot pain. They can actually help you deal with problems in your knees, hips, and lower back as well.

Things that happen in one area of your body can significantly impact other areas, particularly when they are obviously connected like your feet, ankles, knees, and hips are. Think of it like this: when you make a block tower, if the base is weak and unsteady, the whole tower is affected.

When your feet are stressed by biomechanical issues, the strain can cause a domino effect of problems in your legs, hips, and back. Sometimes back or hip pain you experience are actually the result of a condition in your feet or ankles.

The domino effect can be used to your advantage, though, which is where orthotics become a versatile tool. Custom orthotics are used to help support and cushion feet as well as control abnormal motion. The orthotic adjusts the problematic biomechanical motion, controlling the problem. This then relieves the stress on your feet—which reduces the strain on your knees, hips, and back and can alleviate pain in those areas as well!

Many different issues create knee, hip, and back pain, which means there are many possible treatments to alleviate the problem. The answer might just be more simple than you think, however. You might just need custom orthotics! Let our physical therapists at Castle Pines Physical Therapy and Cherry Creek Physical Therapy in Castle Pines and Denver, CO, help you find lasting relief and determine if orthotic inserts are right for you. Make an appointment online or by calling (303) 805-5156 to reach our offices today.
Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC
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