Orthotics are used to treat conditions in knee pain, foot pain, hip and back pain. They are also used to help our body with biomechanics with gait, weight distribution and natural shock
absorption. Having a complete examination will identify the causes leading to your pain and the corrective action that may need to be taken to alleviate the pain.
Orthotics is an area that is undervalued thanks to big business. People most often think if they go to a big box store and stand on some sort of plate that they are getting custom
orthotics. The fact is that you couldn't be further from the truth. Orthotics from a store are only going to work for about 15% of the people who buy them. So how do you
know if you fall in that 15%? Odds are you don't.
Other people may say "I got my orthotics from a doctor." In most cases doctors will take a mold or a scan of your foot and send it in to a company who will make orthotics based on
that mold or scan. However, there is one piece of information that is neglected. There is a specific measurement of the foot that cannot be anticipated by a mold or scan.
This measurement has to physically be made by the person molding or scanning your foot and sent in to the manufacturer. This particular measurement is the most important in having
orthotics that are actually going to relieve your pain. Again, these molded-type of orthotics will only work for a certain percentage of the population. At Richard Williams
Chiropractic we hear patients, all the time, say that they paid a lot of money for orthotics and they only got relief for a few months and then the pain returned, or they got their orthotics
and they were so uncomfortable they could not wear them.
At Richard Williams Chiropractic you can be assured that you are going to get a truly customized orthotic. Dr. Williams physically examines your feet and takes the necessary
measurements, including the most important measurement that everyone else seems to neglect. In fact, only Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioners (CCEP) are taught how to take
this measurement. Dr. Williams credentials allows him to adjust your feet to allow them to conform to their natural state. Your feet are then more comfortable. The precise measurements
taken then assist with the selection of orthotics to meet your specific needs.
Richard Williams Chiropractic offers the following types of orthotics:
Pre-fab Orthotics: similar to what you buy in a store but modifications are made to meet your specifc needs.
Gel Orthotics: a type of pre-fab orthotic, but contains gel within the orthotics to adapt to your foot shape. Modifications are made to meet your specific needs.
Injectable Orthotics: has an injected molding material in them that conforms to your foot once the material has hardened. Modifications may need to be added to meet your specific needs. This type of orthotic is the most customized without having a mold of your foot.
Molded Orthotics: a foam mold is taken of your foot. A prescription is written for the manufacturer in order for them to customize your orthotics to your specific needs.