When a foot is severely “pronated,” it means its arches have fallen and the foot is flat. Flat feet are less shock-absorbent, and make for a less stable “base” for everything above—the bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons of the entire body.
They can also:
- Shift the entire body out of alignment
- Cause aches and pains in the feet, knees, hips, neck and/or spine
- Lead to injury and problems like shin splints, Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis
- Women with flat feet are 50% more likely than those without to have low back pain
Causes of Pronation
The connective tissue, called the plantar fascia, on the underside of the foot is critical to maintaining the foot’s healthy arched shape. Injury and certain health conditions can cause the fascia to stretch out and flatten, but so can everyday, ongoing stressors like walking and standing. Once the fascia stretches out, it is unable to “spring back.” With the foot structure flattened, the body’s very foundation is in trouble.
Extremity adjusting to ensure proper positioning of bones and joints. Dr Tinker is able to adjust knees, ankles, feet and toes (anything with a joint).
We combine adjusting of extremities with custom-cast orthotics to create a very stable base, which creates way more comfort and less stress on the body.
The technology in our office allows us to take a 3-D digital scan of your foot, assess the results and then have a pair of orthotics created just for your feet. Not the mass produced pairs you see in the stores, nor the rigid pairs of orthotics that podiatrists have used in the past, but a super-duper durable and comfortable pair of orthotics made by Foot-Levelers, which is a company who has been making custom-cast orthotics for more than 25 years.
If you would like to schedule a time to have your foot assessment via the 3-D Digital Scanner, please call the office at 912-748-1506. The cost of the assessment is just $40.