How To Get Fitted For Orthotics

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It seems like these days most people wear orthotics due to some form of improper feet biomechanics. Improper feet biomechanics can impact productivity and performance in daily life and sport. Orthotics can either be store-bought, or custom-made by a chiropractor or podiatrist. While one would think going to the foot expert might be the best route, chiropractors who have studied or are certified in adjusting extremities (shoulders, elbows, hips, feet, etc) could also be a cheaper yet more effective route as well.

Going to the podiatrist could often result in orthotics costing hundreds of dollars. Many times, these orthotics fail to provide any support due to an underlying issue not being addressed. In Chiropractic, we call the underlying issue, the primary condition. In recent times, I found that adjusting the feet for about 3-4 weeks with specific exercises to do every day boosts the success rate of orthotics in the long run. How do I know this? Because I wear custom-made orthotics by a chiropractor I used to see.

To begin with, my left foot was surgically flattened due to excess bone forming during my younger years. My right foot still has a decent arch. After visiting a chiropractor who knew how to fix feet, I was instructed to get my feet checked for roughly a month. During that month, I was also given specific feet exercise to do at home. By adjusting my feet when needed and exercising the arches for one month, I was able to restore somewhat of an arch. Although not a perfect foot arch, I brought my collapsed arches from being terrible to somewhat okay. Once the one-month deadline had passed, my previous chiropractor then fitted me for orthotics.

By applying this method, I was able to really bring home the value of my custom-made orthotics. It has been over a year since I have been wearing my orthotics (in various shoes) and I have zero complaints. My feet have never hurt nor needed an adjustment.

In conclusion, properly fitted orthotics could be a game-changer for everyday people or athletes. For some, it may be shaving a few more seconds off their mile. For others, it may be the exact support they needed to work through daily tasks.

In health and happiness,

Dr. Modi

Dr. Milan Modi

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