Have you ever had foot, knee, hip, or back pain? I know I have, and I haven’t always associated those pains with my feet. I typically attributed the pain to something else – my bad posture, picking something up at work, or even working out. Sound familiar? A pain free life could start with the right foundation; your feet. Feet are happiest with proper fitting shoes and good arch support. At The Heel, we have certified pedorthists on staff to help you step towards change and our sales team is well trained by our owner, Troy, who is a certified pedorthist with training from Northwestern University in Chicago.
So what are these 5 reasons to visit a pedorthist?
- You are experiencing pain in your feet, knees, hips, or back: our feet are the foundation on which we stand. Without the right support in our shoes, our body doesn’t align correctly and places additional stress on our feet and joints. Through supportive footwear, we encourage proper tracking in our feet, knees, hips, and back. A properly aligned body reduces pressure on our joints and allows us to move freely. Look at how Being Bradford’s life changed when he decided to visit a pedorthist.
- You are experiencing any of these common foot ailments:
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
- Bunions (Hallux Valgus)
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Hammer Toe, Mallet Toe, Claw Toe
- Haglund’s Deformity
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD)
- Pedorthists specialize in foot pain: pedorthists go through extensive training to manage pedorthic care. This includes fitting and modifying footwear to address the above mentioned conditions. Everyone’s feet are different, so shoes may need to be modified and insoles need to be checked. Pedorthists have the knowledge and the tools available to make recommendations based on what they observe with your foot and the pain you are describing.
- Supportive footwear: many people fall victim to purchasing shoes without ideal structure; shoes that bend, twist, and don’t support your foot. Sure, the second you put them on they feel comfortable, but without structure and arch support, your body could develop aches and pains. You can help prevent this by talking to a pedorthist to find shoes that work for you. Trendy and comfortable CAN come in the same package.
- Get back to enjoying life: Yes, you heard right. Supportive footwear may help you walk without pain so you can get back to enjoying your life.
Being pain free is a process of examining the foot and making recommendations for proper footwear. Remember when I said that, “our feet are the foundation on which we stand?” Yeah, I know it sounds corny, but it’s so true. Think about it…we stand and walk on our feet daily. The average, moderately active, person takes about 7,500 steps per day and if we live to be 80 years old, that’s 216,262,500 steps in a lifetime. Boy, those really add up!
Thanks for reading!
Author: Hannah Grassau