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Hello Factory Square Crossfit Families!
I realized a few weeks ago that my body, my workouts, my attitude needed more than an adjustment! So, I went through my bad habits and good habits, discarded what I needed, improved what I should have.
One thing I discarded was my old orthotics.  My body and workouts have been better…my attitude…well I am still working on it:)
What are “orthotics“?
Orthotics (orthoses) are specially-prepared foot supports. These anatomically molded devices, worn under the heel and arch of your foot to correct skeletal anomalies, do more than “support” your feet. They actually realign them to a natural, “neutral” position to relieve foot, let and back stress, increase endurance, restore critical balance, improve sports performance, alleviate foot fatigue and prevent a wide range of foot problems.
 
How do I know if I need orthotics?
You may need orthotics:
  1. If you participate in any activity that places stress on your feet and creates discomfort.
  2. If you have an obvious imbalance that causes such symptoms as flat or high arched feet.
  3. If you have external misalignments such as bow knees, knock knees, pigeon-toes, or “duck feet.”
  4. If you’ve already developed chronic foot problems, ranging from corns and calluses to arch pain and heel spur pain.  Also unresolved back, hip, and knee pain.
  5. If your job requires being on your feet for extended periods of time.
How can orthotics improve sports performance?
Athletics make demands on the feet not encountered in normal daily activity. Slight imbalances in the foot not dangerous or detectable under everyday circumstances may render you vulnerable to injury with the extra stress of sports activity. By eliminating the need for your muscles to compensate for these “hidden” imbalances, orthotics reduce fatigue and promote the kind of efficient “muscle memory” that’s crucial to outstanding performance. By aiding your control of foot movement, custom-fitted orthotics also maximize the biomechanical function not only of your feet but of your legs and torso, as well. The difference is often noticed almost immediately, giving you the kind of increased agility, balance, and sure-footed response you never knew were in you.
Orthotics can be that little something that can improve your quality of life.  Try over the counter brands first.  Custom orthotics are tailored for your specific foot and correction and are the optimal choice, but may be pricey.
Have a great week!!
Dr. Meg
McNicholas Family Chiropractic