If you have pain in your hips & legs, especially in the ankles or feet, your foot may be hitting the ground in an improper position. This puts excessive strain on your ankle tendons, joint surfaces, and lower leg muscles which can affect your alignment all the way up your body. Some of the common injuries are shin splints, ankle tendonitis, achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis.
At PT360, we would start with a thorough evaluation of your foot and ankle biomechanics, measuring the position of your arch and heel, and how far they are from the standard neutral position. This can possibly include a video gait analysis for visual education of your impairments and suggestions for proper shoe wear. The biomechanical evaluation also helps us to determine if you need foot support in the form of an orthotic, a special insert that you put into your shoe to help align your foot and ankle when walking and running.
We can measure and cast you for a custom made orthotic, or fit you to an over-the-counter orthotic. Custom orthotics are made with specific measurements for each foot and fabricated based on the activities you do.