Unfortunately, as we ramp up our activities in the summer, pain can arise and stop us in our tracks.
The repetitive pounding that comes from high-impact activities, such as tennis or running, puts a large amount of stress on our hips, knees, ankles, and feet, which can lead to various overuse injuries.
Maybe this spring you have already noticed some new aches and pains in your joints, or perhaps old, nagging injuries are reappearing.
When dealing with discomfort, look first at your feet. Some of the most common injuries reported by high-impact sports participants are runner’s knee, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, stress fractures, and shin splints. Imbalances in the feet are often the source of these conditions.
Acting as the foundation of our bodies, feet absorb the most stress and shock; perfectly balanced feet will distribute stress evenly throughout the joints, but even the slightest imbalance can cause the whole body to be misaligned, which can lead to injury.
Many times, proper footwear aid in addressing some of these issues, but often, a customized spinal pelvic stabilizer (SPS), also known as an orthotic, is required to correct biomechanical abnormalities in the foot. By supporting all areas of the foot, the stress is redistributed, which can lead to improvement in the stability and functionality of the whole lower body.
Additionally, the SPS will absorb some of the shock to the foot, alleviating stress on the joints. Several studies have shown a positive correlation between wearing orthotics and reducing pain, discomfort, and injuries in runners.
To help decide if an SPS is right for you, visit a chiropractor that is trained in the evaluation and use of SPSs, such as the practitioners at AICA College Park.
The doctor of chiropractic can review your symptoms and examine your feet to identify imbalances that may cause discomfort throughout your body.
A digital scan will ensure that the SPS is customized to support your particular foot. In addition, the doctor can treat misalignments through chiropractic adjustments.
Whether you want to prevent injuries or reduce discomfort, consider customized SPSs to get you back on track.