Orthotics in Calgary
The ankle is one of the three main joints that are responsible for bearing the weight of the body, along with the knee and hip joints. Ankle pain can be an indicator of an unbalanced foundation. An unbalanced foundation can cause improper use of the ankle joint and can cause dysfunction of the ankle joint, its ligaments, and its related muscles.
Diabetics must take special care of their feet. Diabetes damages blood vessels, which results in poor circulation, nerve damage and slow healing. These changes are termed peripheral neuropathy. This combination of factors can cause significant health problems for diabetic patients. Orthotics have been shown to reduce pain from diabetes and can improve posture and the effectiveness of the chiropractic adjustment. Foot Levelers comfort orthotic line provides more support and are beneficial for diabetic patients.
Heel Spur Pain
A heel spur is an overgrowth of bone that resembles a hook on the bottom of the foot. It is a reaction to stress placed on the thick connective tissue on the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia) that helps maintain the arches of the foot. Over-stress can stem from imporper support of the feet. A heel spur is often accompanied by a bursitis that is a major contributor to pain.
Hip pain is a common symptom of an unbalanced foundation. The hip’s ball-and-socket joint is designed to undergo repeated motion and allows for fluid movement. However, because of an unbalanced foundation there can be added stress to the hip joint that can cause a dysfunction of the joint, ligaments, bursas, and related muscles, which causes pain.
The knee joint’s main responsibilities include bending, straightening, and bearing the weight of the body along with the hip, feet, and ankles. The knee is unique in the fact that it is capable of twisting and rotating. And unbalanced foundation can cause the knee to not properly bear the weight of the body and cause dysfunction of the ligaments, tendons, cartilage and muscles surrounding the joint, which also causes pain and discomfort.
Leg Length Discrepancy
Leg Length Discrepancy Having one leg shorter than the other is a common physical condition. It has two primary causes–structural or functional problems. Structural differences in length can be the result of growth defect, previous injuries or surgeries. Functional differences in length can result from altered mechanics of the feet, knee, hip and/or pelvis. These altered mechanics from functional leg length discrepancy often stem from having an unbalanced foundation.
Low Back Pain
Back pain is a common symptom of an unbalanced foundation. Having an unbalanced foundation can cause dysfunction of the joints and muscles of the back, and can cause nerve root syndromes such as herniated discs, spinal degeneration, and inflammation. Achieving a balanced foundation may reduce this pain and dysfunction of the lower back.
Neck Pain Although not often associated, neck pain can often be a symptom of imbalance and asymmetries in the feet. Neck pain can occur anywhere in your neck strain, sprain, or spasms of the neck muscles, which often occur because of dysfunction of the joints and muscles of the neck.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the thick connective tissue on the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia) that helps maintain the arches of the foot. The inflammation is due to tearing of the tissue. This tearing can often be attributed to improper support of the plantar vault. The soles of the feet are very painful, especially in the early morning. The condition tends to be chronic and difficult to heal without proper foot support.
Shin splints are a common indicator of improper support of the body. Deep pain in the front and back of the lower leg associated with activity is most frequently a result of shin splints. Pain in the front of the leg is more common. The tissues producing the pain are thought to be muscles, tendons, bones, or a combination of these.
Athletes are susceptible to injury during intense sports. Injuries can be mild or severe, ranging from Turf Toe to a broken bone. However, many sports injuries can be the result of an unbalanced foundation that can cause dysfunction of joints, ligaments, and the muscles around the joints. Many common injuries are sprains, which are torn or stretched ligaments. To begin a path towards a balanced foundation and reduce sports injuries, ask your doctor about how orthotics could benefit your game.
Whiplash is an injury to the head and neck. It occurs frequently in car accidents, but can happen during a serious fall or during sports. Whiplash stretches and tears the ligaments and tendons in the neck. Proper orthotics have been shown to specifically reduce whiplash pain and can improve posture and the effectiveness of the chiropractic adjustment.
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