Our feet are distinctly human. No other creature walks, runs, bounds or jumps like us.
Logically problems with the feet can have wide reaching effects on the body. That’s why an assessment of the feet is an important component in any physical examination.
At Spine Central we use the Foot Levelers 3D scanner in combination with other functional and orthopedic tests to assess the feet and likely impact any dysfunction may be having on your health.
The Difference of Custom Orthotics
Only Foot Levelers functional orthotics support all 3 arches of the foot, which make up the plantar vault. They’re custom-made, based on your unique feet, body, and health profile. Just as no two bodies are alike, no two pairs of Foot Levelers custom orthotics are alike.
Over-the-counter orthotics may initially cost less, but they only support one arch in your foot. When only one arch is being supported, it may not maintain the structure of your plantar vault, and problems can start in other parts of your body. In fact, “over-supporting” just one arch of the foot may actually cause pain and symptoms, not relieve them.
Do you experience pain daily? Maybe you have plantarfasciitis or struggle with low back pain? Over-the-counter inserts may not provide the relief you need. Individually designed Foot Levelers custom orthotics with 3-arch support, however, can.
3D BodyView® Imaging Unit
Based on cutting-edge technology, the Foot Levelers 3D imaging unit:
- Identifies asymmetries in the feet with Arch Height Mapping
- Illustrates how the feet impact the entire Kinetic Chain
- Generates foot assessments in under 60 seconds
The 5 Red Flags of Pronation
There are 5 Red Flags or signs of pronation. If these signs are ignored and the causes are left untreated, foot problems can adversely affect the entire body. Moving from the ground up, a person who shows signs of pronation can have imbalances throughout the body, including internal knee rotation, pelvis tilt and a dropped shoulder. This imbalance can lead to larger issues like pain.
1. Foot Flare
All walk with foot flare, or “toe out.” Either one foot or both can flare out.
2. Internal Knee Rotation
When the feet are flat on the floor, the lower extremity has its greatest distortion with the feet bilateral and asymmetrically pronated.
3. Bowed Achilles Tendons
From a back to front view, the ankle and foot appear to roll inwards, causing a bowing of the Achilles tendons, which will “plastically deform” over time.
4. Flat Foot
At mid-stance (greatest load through the foot), the foot will demonstrate the greatest degree of pronation and all 3 arches of the foot will have collapsed.
5. Uneven Heel Wear
In the typical, bi-lateral, asymmetrically pronated foot, the heel strike will be uneven, creating uneven or asymmetrical heel wear.