Did you get a chance to check out Chandler’s Classic Car and Hot Rod show? A host of cars were on display, showing off their beauty and muscle! If a car has poor mechanics, though, no matter how great it looks, it likely has trouble getting down the road. Similarly, bad biomechanics in people can make it difficult to move forward without foot pain.
Every step you take, you go through a gait cycle – swinging your foot forward, striking the ground, and pushing off for your next step. Inherited foot structures can affect how you move through this cycle, and basically throw your biomechanics completely off! If your arch is high or low, for example, it can force your foot to roll too far inward or outward, inhibiting your ability to absorb shock correctly and resulting in pain. When your foot is out of alignment in such a way, you tend to overcompensate. Pressure is unevenly distributed, putting excessive stress on the load bearing areas like the ball of the foot and heel. This can also cause a domino effect, creating problems for your legs, knees, and back, and leaving you vulnerable to injuries. So, what can you do about bad biomechanics?
Don’t worry – we’ve got this! At Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona, we can examine your foot structure, analyze your gait, and design a pair of to fit your unique specifications and address your individual needs. Orthotics slip right inside your shoes, providing support exactly where you need it, and helping your foot to stay in proper position as it travels through the gait cycle. This ensures that everything is in correct alignment, weight is evenly distributed, pressure is redirected away from problem areas, and pain? It’s gone!
Of course, although a common culprit, bad biomechanics aren’t always to blame for foot problems, which is why it’s important to come see us if you are experiencing discomfort. We will determine the cause of your foot pain, and make sure to get you on the appropriate treatment plan.
Don’t put yourself in park and put up with lingering pain. Contact our Chandler office or our Gilbert location at (480) 963-9000, and we’ll get you on the road to a speedy recovery!