Understanding Your Feet
Are your feet healthy? Flat feet, foot pronation, or foot imbalances can lead to foot pain, knee pain, hip pain, back pain, and even shoulder pain.
If you are considering individually designed Custom Orthotics, a health care professional can perform a foot scan to show you how imbalances in the feet can lead to problems in the knees, hips, back and shoulders. The foot scan will show how Functional Orthotics may help. Following a foot scan, a report will provide you a Pronation/Stability Index, a Foot Assessment, and a Body Assessment.
Your Score (Pronation/Stability Index™)
Your Pronation/Stability Index™ score appears on the clinical Report of Findings that is produced when your feet are scanned by our 3D laser technology.
The Pronation/Stability Index™ is a proprietary algorithm based on 16 different measurements of the foot. Taken from a foam cast or laser scan of the feet, the Index indicates the amount of arch collapse your feet are seeing. The higher the number, the more collapse.
The index reveals the severity of pronation/stability in your feet, ranging from Optimal to Severe. An index of 102, for example, is Moderate pronation/instability. Untreated imbalances of any level may lead to chronic problems throughout your body.
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THE OPTIMAL FOOT
This image shows what the optimal foot looks like. The red areas represent where pressure on your foot should be – your toes, the balls of your foot, and heel. However, 99% of feet do not look like this.
THE FLAT FOOT
This image shows what flat feet look like on the scanner. In this example, all three arches of the foot have collapsed. Once your arches collapse it throws the rest of your body off-kilter when you move, putting you at a higher risk for pain. This includes pain in the feet, knees, hips, back, and neck.
The body assessment image shows how imbalances in the feet can lead to knee rotation, pelvic tilt and shoulder drop. These imbalances in the body can be caused by pronation and supination of the foot.
These instabilities can lead to conditions such as plantar fasciitis, knee pain, hip pain, back pain, and neck pain.
A properly aligned body will have symmetrical feet, level knees, pelvis and shoulders. Wearing Custom Orthotics may help alleviate imbalances and conditions caused by those imbalances.
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