Do your feet and ankles hurt and make it challenging to enjoy your day, go on walks, and play with your kids or grandkids?
Foot pain can be due to unbalanced feet when your weight is not evenly distributed. When you look at the bottom of your shoes, notice how they wear. Is the inside heel area or the outside heel area, for example, wearing down? This will give you an idea of your stride. You can look in a mirror and see if your ankles tip inward or outward.
The best way to check your feet is at your Doctor’s office, and Foresight Wellness Center provides that service for you using FootLeveler’s scanning technology.
What is the difference between Pronation and Supination?
Ideally, when you are walking or running, the foot moves heel to toe and the weight is evenly distributed through the feet. If your body weight is more to the outside of the foot, that is what is called supination. You might notice that your shoes wear more on the outside edges. If more of your body weight is shifted to the inside of your foot, that is called pronation. And you might notice the more worn area on the inside edges of the shoe.
Typically, people with supination will experience ankle pain, shin splints, or pain and discomfort on the heels and balls of the feet. Those annoying calluses or bunions on the outside edges of the foot will appear. The more common pronation symptoms are fallen arches that flatten out over time and the ankles roll in excessively.
Injuries can be the cause of supination or pronation. Soreness, twisted ankles, sprains, leg, knee, hip pain, and back pain are all important signs not to ignore. Acute issues left untreated increase the risk of long-term chronic issues. Lifestyle can be another cause. Standing for extended hours repeatedly, and being overweight, can cause problems with the feet. Spinal misalignment can also cause foot injuries.
What can you do?
It is recommended to get a spinal check-up as a first step. Mis-alignment causes stress on the nervous system, and the body will do its best to adapt. Much like the top link in a chain, when the top bone of the spine, the Atlas or C1 is out of alignment, all the vertebrae below will be affected. A misaligned Atlas can cause the low back or a hip to be out of alignment, which can in turn cause knee pain or foot pain.
After a spinal check-up, a FootLevelers foot scan will be performed to determine how weight is distributed and analyze pressure points, pronation or supination. The scan will evaluate if customized orthotic insoles in shoes would be beneficial to support and help correct the issue. Personalized custom orthotics can help provide balance to the body starting with the feet and bring relief and improved mobility.
For more information and to schedule a complimentary consultation, call 480-325-6977. At Foresight Chiropractic, the Valley’s premier Wellness Center, the Doctors are Board Certified Atlas Orthogonal upper cervical specialist providing very specific and gentle care for families for over 21 years. Additional services available include Advanced Muscle Integration Technique, BEMER therapy, therapeutic massage, and Low Level Cold Laser.