How Orthotics Can Improve Your Limb Function

How Orthotics Can Improve Your Limb Function

It takes precise engineering to erect a structure that stands straight and true, and it all starts with the foundation. The same goes for your body. A solid platform ensures your limbs function properly and bear your weight efficiently, but any deformities in your feet generate a ripple effect of problems all the way up your legs and into your back.

A simple adjustment at ground level can correct skeletal issues up the length of your body, and often all it takes are simple shoe inserts called orthotics

But don’t be tempted to rely on off-the-shelf-style inserts that mainly provide extra padding and little to no real support. 

At Ortho Engineering, Inc. in Southern California, we specialize in creating custom orthotics that hug your feet and provide the precise type of support you need to get your body back into alignment. Here’s how it works.

Foot and ankle characteristics that cause limb problems

Even if you have no symptoms in your feet, your leg and back problems may stem from the way your feet are formed. 

Arches

Arches — the curved part on the inner side of your sole — help to distribute your weight evenly and keep your body in proper alignment. 

If your arches are too high, they can put a lot of stress on your metatarsal bones (the top of your feet), and shift your weight to the balls of your feet. As a result, you can easily develop calluses and corns where your shoes rub. Your arches may also feel tight and inflexible, which in turn leads to tight, painful calf muscles. 

Low arches, or flat feet, mean you walk around without enough support to carry your weight, so your ankles and legs have to work overtime to keep you stable and upright, making them vulnerable to injury.

Ankles

High and low arches directly affect the angle of your ankles. 

Flat feet cause your ankles to roll inward or overpronate. Overpronation throws off the alignment of your entire body, causes joint pain in your limbs, and may lead to plantar fasciitis — inflammation of the tendon that runs along the bottom of your foot. 

High arches make your ankles underpronate, which can also lead to plantar fasciitis, as well as Achilles tendonitis, and knee pain.

The bottom line is that if your feet aren’t doing their job well, the rest of your body overcompensates, leading to improper limb function, pain, and injury. 

How orthotics improve limb function

Whether you were born with high arches, low arches, or no arches, or you acquired a foot problem through injury or age, orthotics can restore the perfect platform for your musculoskeletal system. 

Most people notice immediate relief from their symptoms as soon as they begin wearing orthotics, and the results get better as time goes on. 

Depending on your doctor’s diagnosis, we can design orthotics that cradle your heel, provide stable arch support, or redistribute your weight from the ground up. Our custom-made orthotics fit discreetly into your shoes, so no one will know you’re wearing them.

We also create special orthotics for children to guide the formation of their feet during their developmental years. And for soldiers, we design military orthotics with the unique demands of military life in mind. 

Bring your orthotic prescription to any of our nine locations throughout Southern California in Chino, Lynwood, Torrance, Van Nuys, West Covina, and Whittier, and three locations in Los Angeles for your perfect-fitting, comfortable, one-of-a-kind orthotics. 

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