25% of the bones in the body are in the feet and the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day. The feet are your body's foundation. They support the entire body and therefore, changes to the feet will directly impact posture and walking/running mechanics.
Small, subtle changes in the feet are enough to start a chain reaction fo altered mechanics that can put stress on joints higher in the body. These can lead to problems such as knee, hip, and back pain. Symptoms of faulty foot mechanics can also include localized foot pain in the arch or heel, and bunion, hammer toe pain.
For some, having the correct type of shoe is not enough to control faulty biomechanics and custom orthotics are needed. These orthotics look like insoles but are custom molded to correct your specific foot imbalance. They work like glasses do on the eyes, by bringing muscles and bones of your feet back into proper alignment.
Orthotics of the past were hard and inflexible but today, many are made with a thermoplastic that is light, flexible and comfortable. Footwear with custom orthotics are also available to keep your feet and body happily functioning!
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