Your gait (i.e. your style or way of walking) is of critical importance to your overall health and well-being. Everyone has a distinct way of walking that is dictated by body structure and external forces such as footwear and terrain. Walking is not merely a leg and foot activity; it involves movements of just about every aspect of your body, from your swinging arms and shoulders to the slight pivot of the hip. For this reason, your gait will not only affect your weight-bearing joints (ankles, knees and hips), but it can also impact your shoulders, neck and back.
The average person walks more than 2500 steps each day. If you have an incorrect gait, you are subjecting your entire body, from your ankles to your neck, to repetitive, potentially-harmful movements that can result in structural damage and pain. Many people are surprised to learn that the pain in their shoulders or back is the result of how they walk. The easiest and most effective way to correct an incorrect gait is through custom orthotic insoles. The right insole will not only improve your posture, but it can also significantly decrease pain and discomfort.
How do you select an orthotic that is right for you? There are a lot of prefabricated orthotic insoles out there, but not all insoles are created equal. Most foot specialists agree each that custom orthotics will provide the greatest health benefits, especially when pain management is the primary concern. Foam is frequently used to create an impression of the foot. From that impression an orthotics specialist can create orthotic inserts that fit your unique feet perfectly. It never ceases to amaze me how many people find remarkable improvement when they find the right orthotic insole. If you are suffering from chronic joint, back, shoulder or hip pain, it is certainly worth exploring how you might benefit from a custom orthotic insert.
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