Are your deformities due to age?
People assume that deformities of the foot are purely due to aging and cannot be avoided. Even doctors believe the same. If this is true, have you wondered why do young people also suffer from foot problems? Also, have you ever noticed that some people have deformities in one foot and sometimes two different deformities in their feet? Have their feet aged differently? That is not possible. Therefore age cannot be the reason. Then what could be the reason?
Barefoot Walking is the healthiest way of walking
Foreign studies reveal that people who walk barefoot are less prone to foot deformities. This is the reason that people in rural areas who walk barefoot don't manifest any foot deformities and even ankle, knee, hip and back deformities as well. Why is this true? When people walk barefoot their foot is its natural alignment which is parallel to the ground. When the foot is placed in the natural position the rest of the body is biomechanically aligned and in its centre of gravity.
Necessity Has Lead To The Invention Of Footwear
Our research reveals that if the foot is placed in a wrong position other than the biomechanically aligned position it leads to foot, ankle, knee, hip and back deformities. Also people who use shoes, sandals and slippers eventually get these deformities. When people wear footwear the aim of the footwear is to create another protective layer below the foot. But the footwear also has to place the foot parallel to the ground to retain its natural position. This does not happen.
In shoes- the shoes whether sports shoes or formal shoes have a slight heel in them which first distorts the foot. Second with prolonged use of the shoes or uneven grounds the shoe outsole wears from different areas.
In sandal- Ladies wear sandals with heel which changes the complete alignment of the foot. Also the wear of these heels causes more distortion.
In slippers- these slippers are generally flip flops or flats. They tend to make the arches of the foot flat from the bottom and uneven wear of the bottom affects the alignment of the foot.
How can the shoe affect your foot and body so much?
Ever noticed the wear on your shoes, sandals or slippers as shown in the figure.
This wear is a signal to change your shoes but it also gives a very big signal of the foot deformity you might be having and ignoring.
For better understanding scientific studies we have presented the following chart.
From the chart it is easy to identify the foot deformities that you may acquire in the future based on your outsole wear pattern. This has been known to be accurate in 90% of the cases. You can examine your own feet and your family members who have suffered from foot pain and you will find that this is absolutely true.
Biomechanical Misalignment of foot
It is known that if you place any body part in a wrong position for a long time it will adapt to this new position and gradually lead to a permanent deformity. Let us assume that your right shoe outsole has completely worn out and on prolonged use of this shoe it could lead to bending for the knee. The reason for this deformity is that while walking due to the worn out outsole the foot also is placed in a wrong position and we continue to walk in the same position. After prolonged use of the same footwear the foot keeps falling in new position and this lead to permanent deformity which is very painful. The reason is evident that it is because of wrong foot placement.
Biomechanics of the body states that the entire body mass and bones are balanced on the feet thereby determining the natural aligned position of the body. By distorting the position of one or both feet of the body the overall alignment of the skeleton is changed leading to development of stresses in the muscles. This results in the development of deformities. Therefore we can conclude that if we maintain the foot in the natural alignment, which is parallel to the ground, of the body then any such foot, ankle, knee, hip or back deformities can be avoided.
Is it possible to retain the natural alignment?
Yes it is read more… to find out.
The natural alignment of the foot is parallel to the ground. Modern technology has helped develop Customized Foot-Match Insoles that are made by 3D scanning the patients deformed foot and carrying out modifications to make the foot parallel to the ground. These insoles fit in the foot like lock and key therefore help maintain this natural position. These insoles when worn in customized shoes or sandals will not only prevent the deformities from occurring but also start correcting existing deformities. This will further help align the ankle, knee, hip and back preventing any deformities from occurring thereby avoiding surgeries and heavy medical bills. These insoles cannot be compared with the standard insoles available in the market as they are custom made for a patient. Eminent Doctors around the city have also accepted this modality. This modality is being used all over the world and has been made available in India and in your city since two years.
What Are Customized "Foot-Match" Insoles?
A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like normal insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes - they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. The body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle. Custom orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole - and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.
Difference between Customised Foot-Match Insoles and Standard Insoles Available in the market
Standard insoles available in the market are made to standard shoe sizes (such as 5,6,7 etc). These correspond to the standard foot sizes therefore their arch height, length and width is of standard size. Very few people fit into the standard sizes. We choose the best fit shoe and therefore the best fit insoles. But customised foot-match insoles are made by 3D scanning the patient's foot and will have the ach height, length and width of the patient's foot. These cannot be worn by anyone else. Therefore they will align the patient's foot to their natural alignment.