Lower back pain and sciatica are some of the most common chronic pain conditions Winnipeg residents suffer from. There are many effective treatments for chronic pain issues including chiropractic spinal adjustments, physiotherapy, acupuncture, reflexology, nerve impingement therapy, and numerous others.
An often-overlooked treatment for back pain is orthotics. Custom orthotics have been shown to decrease pain, and relieve other back pain symptoms.
What Are Orthotics
Custom orthotics are medical devices that are made to address your unique biomechanical needs and gait imbalances. They can be inserted and removed easily to transfer to other shoes.
These inserts help your body restore a natural balance and normal movement pattern thereby reducing strain, pain, and discomfort, cushion your step, redistribute pressure points and help with balance.
Can Orthotics Help Back Pain?
Back pain can be caused by multiple factors but one of those causes can be poor posture. What most people don’t realize is that back pain can start with your feet.
Like the foundation of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, subtle changes can occur in the entire framework of your body.
These changes cause a chain reaction throughout your posture while you stand and walk, placing excess stress and strain on joints, muscles, feet hips, and lower back.
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How do I know if I need custom orthotics?
The symptoms of poor foot biomechanics may include one or more of the following:
-Localized foot pain
-Low back pain
Types Of Orthotics
We provide custom orthotics for kids to adults. Kids benefit greatly from orthotics when playing sports or inside of ice skates. We also provide specialized orthotics for different sporting needs such as hockey, soccer, running, tennis and skiing. We also do orthotics for our diabetic patients that address their specific needs.
First, we perform a foot exam that looks at your gait, foot alignment, pressure points, and arches both weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing. This mold gets sent out to the lab where they analyze the mold and make a custom orthotic to address and correct the imbalances for that patient.
Combining Orthotics & Chiropractic
Depending on the reason for the orthotic we often find that coupling treatments such as chiropractic with orthotics can be the best way to address all potential problems and get you on the right track towards recovery and injury prevention.
Schedule an appointment and let our team help solve your back and leg problems today.