The problem with our feet is the ground. As animals, our feet get flatter as we strike the ground to absorb shock, it is movement in all 3 planes and we call the flattening of the foot pronation, and it is normal for about 99% of feet. In nature, we promptly realign the foot into a more stable upright position utilizing 30 muscles to move the 28 bones of the foot, typically we realign by pressing our feet into the ground leaving behind a footprint. Owing to the fact that the ground we stand and walk on the majority of the time is too hard to leave a footprint in, we get stuck in a pronated position and are forced to function pronated. This is the root of much of the pathology of the foot and ankle, not that our feet pronate but our inability to supinate, or dynamically realign the foot into a more stable upright position, or leave a footprint in the ground.
What are Orthotics?
The orthotic device is essentially putting your footprint inside your shoe, so regardless of the surface you're walking on your foot functions as it would in nature. With the orthotic we allow the body to realign itself, bringing better alignment to the skeleton sitting on top of the 28 bones of the foot. While over-the-counter insoles are available and may help people with mild symptoms, they normally cannot correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription foot orthotics can since they are not custom made to fit an individual's unique foot structure.
Why do I need a custom orthotic by Dr. Stanford?
You may have tried over-the-counter insoles, or perhaps even a custom orthotic produced by another health professional and wonder how can a custom orthotic prescribed by Dr. Stanford be any different?
Not all orthotics are created equally. Dr. Stanford's approach is a very contemporary approach giving consideration to biomechanical principles at the very forefront of foot and ankle mechanics. Dr. Stanford's expertise will lend to a properly fitting, corrective device specifically tailored to your particular foot type, pathology, and mechanics.
A custom orthotic by Dr. Stanford begins with a discussion of your particular symptoms and a detailed biomechanical exam and gait analysis. Following which, He gives an explanation of your diagnosis by describing in detail your foot condition and any contributing biomechanical problems. He then prescribes a custom orthotic specifically designed to correct the function and movement of your foot, to assist with resolution of your symptoms and foot condition. As a Foot Surgeon, Dr. Stanford has an in-depth understanding of the mechanics of the foot and ankle and how they affect the proper alignment of the entire body.
At Aurora Foot & Ankle Clinic, we prescribe and fit many different types of custom orthotics to meet the needs of any age or any activity type.
For more information on Orthotics in the Langley, BC area call Aurora Foot & Ankle Clinic at (604) 248-8985 today!