Custom Foot Orthotics in Fort Collins
Purchasing high quality custom foot orthotics from a trained provider in Fort Collins is one the best things you can do for the health of your feet. Composed of 26 bones and numerous joints, the human foot is prone to countless conditions that not only cause foot pain, but also affect the knee, hip and spine. The good news is many of these conditions are preventable and even correctable simply by caring for the structure of your feet. The most common foot problems occur due to fallen (flattened) arches. ‘Flat feet’ is another common term for this condition. Other common culprits involved in foot pain include misaligned bones, as well as inflamed joints and nerves. High quality custom foot orthotics give their owner the exact level of comfort and support needed to relieve all these problems.
The 4 Goals of Custom Foot Orthotics
1. Decrease Shock
2. Realign the Foot
3. Absorb Shearing Forces
4. Control Pronation (Foot Flattening)
The trick to purchasing orthotics is doing your research and investing your money in the right pair. Unfortunately, countless brands of orthotics are worthless when it comes to actually correcting the structure of your foot and stopping pain. Yes, worthless! This is typically because they provide ample comfort but do not correct how the foot interacts with the ground. On the other hand, many custom orthotics are so hard and unforgiving, they are more uncomfortable than the conditions they are supposed to correct! A true ‘custom’ foot orthotic should not only be made from a mold of your individual feet, it should also physically alter foot posture and correct its function. Anything short of this, including orthotics purchased at the drug store, are simply overpriced cushions for your foot pain. In my Fort Collins clinic, I exclusively offer Sole Supports custom foot orthotics. I feel the Sole Supports brand represents the industry’s highest standard for an orthotic that is not only comfortable and effective, but designed for the specific needs of YOUR feet. Allow me to go over the common differences that exist among orthotics and explain why Sole Supports are the only orthotics you will ever need.
Rigid vs. Semi-Rigid Foot Orthotics
One of the most important qualities of a custom foot orthotic is how firm (rigid) it is. This directly describes if the orthotic is capable of giving and bending beneath the weight of your foot. I have known numerous acquaintances in and outside of Fort Collins that were prescribed rigid foot orthotics by a health care provider. Not a single one of them enjoyed their orthotics or felt they enhanced their performance significantly. In fact, most people dislike them so much they stop using them. The hardened, plastic-like design of a rigid orthotic seems far too firm for the needs of our feet. That’s simply not an acceptable outcome for a $200-500 investment that is meant to last many years!
Sole supports custom orthotics are semi-rigid. This means they are not extremely stiff and they are not overly soft. The majority of the rigidity is built in exactly where you need it – in the heel and inner arch of your foot. If you have flat feet (over-pronation), this arch will correct your main problem instantly. The forefoot of Sole Supports is very flexible. The semi-rigidity has some give beneath your weight yet provides ample support to correct the structure of your feet. In my opinion, semi-rigid is the way to go for the greater majority of people purchasing orthotics.
Casting for Foot Orthotics
In order for foot orthotics to have a dramatic effect on foot pain and dysfunction, they need to be custom made for your own feet. This means the structure of all 26 bones, 33 joints and 4 arches are accounted for in the construction of the foot orthotic. This is accomplished by taking a cast of each of your feet right here in Fort Collins. The cast is made by pressing your foot into a special foam block. The foam conforms to every nook and cranny of your foot, leaving behind an exact image of your foot’s sole. There are several body positions orthotics may be cast for depending on the orthotic company and professional taking the cast. Since a foot orthotic is only useful while a person is weight bearing (standing), the only acceptable casting method is to mimic this as much as possible while making the actual cast. Numerous orthotics are still being cast by trained health care professionals with the patient lying on their back. This is an unreliable method that produces a terrible orthotic. Sole Supports has a very specific casting method that takes gravity into consideration, giving a true custom orthotic that will serve you well for many years.
Purchasing custom foot orthotics in Fort Collins should be an investment in your comfort and well-being for years to come. They should hold up to frequent mileage, dirt and even the occasional stream crossing that results in a wet foot. This type of strength comes from using quality materials and construction. For their price, Sole Supports custom foot orthotics are a serious bargain. I have seen orthotics far less in quality sell for twice as much as what I charge for Sole Supports. When you hold them in your hand, you can tell they are built to last. I have been a provider with Sole Supports for almost two years now and am always impressed with the finished product when it arrives from the factory. I personally know one person who has worn her Sole Supports for 8 years and they are still going strong. You can expect the same long life out of your Sole Supports custom foot orthotics. They are surely an investment that pays off.
Sole Supports custom foot orthotics have some really nice options that can be special ordered, some at no additional charge. These options allow you to custom tailor your orthotics even closer to your specific needs. Some of the options include:
• Several shoe lengths – ½, ¾, and full length
• Narrow widths for women’s shoes
• Heavy duty wide widths for work boots
• Non-slip athletic top layer
• Bamboo moisture wicking top layer
• Increased top layer thickness for additional comfort
• Heel lifts for leg length discrepancies
• Metatarsal pads built in to give extra comfort to specific joints
How to Purchase Sole Supports Foot Orthotics
Sole Supports custom foot orthotics are offered at Fort Collins Gonstead Chiropractic. Simply call the clinic to schedule a foot orthotic consultation. During the consultation, I will evaluate the structure of your feet, as well as your complaints, to determine if orthotics can help you. I will also show you orthotic samples and answer any questions you may have. If you would like to proceed with getting cast for orthotics, we can do so at that time. Orders typically arrive within one to two weeks. When you orthotics arrive, you will come back for a second appointment to pick up your order and receive instruction on how to begin wearing them. As you begin to break them in, I will follow up with you twice more, at one month and three months, to ensure your orthotics are serving you well.
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