Custom Made Orthotics, For Free?

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The Nervous, Skeletal, Muscular systems (also known as the Kinetic Chain) should all work together to provide proper balance, movement patterns, proper gait motion, etc…if working as designed. The foot/ankle complex, the knee, hip, core, shoulders, and neck all work synergistically, and if any of these are not operating properly that is when compensations, muscle imbalance, pain, and eventually injury may occur. As a personal trainer, it is my job to identify those issues and correct them (currently studying for my Corrective Exercise Specialist certification!). I always start from the ground (foot/ankle complex) and work my way up).

Deficiencies in the foot and ankle complex can affect the knee, hip, back, all the way up to the neck. You may have a foot that pronates inward which is forcing your knee inward placing stress on the patella and ligaments by the knee. Most ACL injuries are actually “non-contact” injuries which may occur during walking, running, making a pivot motion, etc…Improper functioning at the foot/ankle can lead to that ACL being torn.

I recently went to a Foot Specialist because I had been feeling pain on the outside ball of my foot below the 5th toe, a lot of pressure was resting on that position and the skin was actually hardened. I’ve always used shoe gel inserts but most are designed to simply add support to the foot as a whole but they do not alter how your foot rests. When I went to the doctor they created a custom made orthotic that is designed specifically for my foot to more evenly distribute the weight.

The reason I wanted to post about this was because my insurance actually paid 100% of these orthotics and I think without insurance they are $500 a foot! Everyone can benefit from a custom made orthotic, and I urge you to check with your healthcare provider to see if you can have this done for free. You may be suffering from pain in the back, knee, and/or feet and this orthotic may be the solution. Either way, if its free or at the very least inexpensive it doesn’t hurt to try them out.


About the Author:

Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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