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Setting You Up From The Ground Up


When we have aches and pains in our body, our body is trying to tell us something. It’s telling us that something is not right and needs to be altered, shifted, strengthened, lengthened or more.

What we need to think about is what is happening to set us up from the ground up…meaning our FEET!

Yes, our feet are so important as we spend a lot of time walking around taking every step throughout our day. Even if your feet don’t hurt, they can be a major source of pain throughout your body.

Our feet can do all sorts of movements when we walk that we may or may not even be aware of. Our feet can flatten and roll inwards, which is called pronation. This happens to almost 99% of the population.

When our feet roll inwards, our ankles and knees also twist, causing our hips and shoulders to become unlevel. Even our neck is affected and commonly twisted when our hips and shoulders are unlevel.

Long story short, our feet rolling inwards can wreck havock on our whole body, spine and joints. It can cause aches and pains in many different areas of the body, quite the ripple effect throughout your body. It’s hard to fathom…but the back pain that you are feeling right now could very well be caused by your feet.

Our feet are the foundation of the body. Think about a house that has a crooked foundation with cracks and bumps. This is not going to be supportive of the house that is standing on top…

Meaning our normal foot mechanics can adversely influence the normal functions of the ankle, knee, hip, back, shoulders and neck. Untreated, many, many foot conditions can eventually contribute to health concerns up our entire spine.

The foot-spine-body connection is one of the most important and common ones that we see with our patients that walk into Breakaway Physical Therapy every day. It is critical to have your feet looked at to see how they are affecting anything that is going on with your body.

We help many people address foot and ankle instabilities that can improve with skilled physical therapy treatment. BUT there are also times when our feet, our foundation, need some extra support to make sure that our spine is fully supported with walking, running, playing sports and more.

As our feet change and our arches collapse with aging, orthotics can play a great role in our whole body health to support our foundation (our feet).

So what are orthotics and how can they help??


Orthotics influence all the moving parts in your body

Orthotics slip into your shoes and they actually influence all of the moving parts in your body. Your entire body can move with greater ease and harmony when your feet are properly stabilized.

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    Orthotics make a huge impact on our posture. If you are someone who slumps a lot or favors one side over another pushing your hips out to either side, then wearing orthotics will help correct your posture and movements.
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    Runners favor orthotics because when you wear them, they positively influence the way that the body moves.

Orthotics evenly distribute your body weight 

Orthotics are frequently used to treat common foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis and can relieve discomfort from other joints in the body like ankles, knees, hips, and lower back pain.

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    Wearing orthotics cause an even distribution of your weight and can make a huge impact in common foot conditions. If you are someone who spends a lot of time on your feet for work, play and more, then wearing orthotics and having an equal distribution of your body weight can make long periods of time on your feet much more manageable for your whole body.
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    An even distribution of body weight means that you will not feel aches and pain in other areas at the end of a long day such as your back or hips. Wouldn’t that be amazing at the end of a long day in standing for your joints to not ache?!

Orthotics can help you move faster and more easily

Orthotics are a great way to alleviate discomfort in the feet, knees, hips, and lower back. Without pain bogging you down, you can get to the root cause with physical therapy so that you are able to move faster and with greater ease.

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    Custom orthotics are designed for each person’s unique foot to provide optimal support and comfort. An interesting fact is that we have three arches in our feet, each one needing special support.
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    Someone who is flat-footed in one arch, may not be in another, so a custom orthotic provides specific support which helps keep us on our feet every day standing without aching in pain. 

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    Teachers, police officers, nurses, health care professionals and more find that wearing custom orthotics help them stay on their feet with greater ease.

Orthotics protect your body from future injuries

Wearing orthotics help prevent your body from future injuries for several of the reasons mentioned above like evenly distributing your body weight, but also by supporting the various areas of your feet.

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    Orthotics can help relieve and prevent common foot issues such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and bursitis, as well as protecting you from injuries like twisted ankles, back strains, and unnecessary hip and knee pain.

Orthotics support the foundation of your body (the feet)

The feet are the foundation of the body and set you up from the ground up. Therefore, it’s essential to ensure the foundation remains in top condition.

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    As we age and our lifestyle choices change, our feet can also change. We can get arthritis, our arches can collapse, and our posture can change. Custom orthotics are designed to support your foundation to help the feet, as well as the rest of the body, operate efficiently and without pain and discomfort.

Fixing the body

The idea behind custom orthotics is to address pain throughout the entire body, not just our feet. By ‘stabilizing’ the feet, the orthotics actually help eliminate the causes behind pains throughout the entire body – from the knees to the hips, low back, and even up to the neck.

Other custom orthotics on the market lock the foot in place and only address issues specific to the foot. They do not focus on how stabilizing the feet can affect whole-body health, as Foot Levelers Custom Orthotics do.

Foot Levelers takes the entire body into account and understand that we need to set ourselves up from the ground up.

We don’t walk sitting down

Foot Levelers takes a different approach to foot position by scanning our feet in standing, which makes sense because when we are walking, we are upright.

It is common for orthotics to be made from a cast in sitting or lying down, but then you do not get the translation of the actual forces that go through our joints and body when we are standing. If you are going to use your orthotic for standing, then we want to make sure that our feet are scanned in standing.

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What an amazing part of these orthotics is that if they don’t work, you can return them at NO cost to you!!

There are many different types of orthotics because we wear many different shoes in our wardrobe each week. Dress shoes, tennis shoes, running shoes, boots, flip-flops and more!

Foot levelers has them ALL!

It’s amazing to find a line of orthotics where you can find your foot, your foundation support for ANY shoe in your closet.

Flip-flops are one of the best as summer is here! They are a staple in my wardrobe all summer long. Who does not love sporty, stylish, light, cool, quick and easy to take on and off flip-flops?!

From talking to my patients, they tell me that their favorite flip-flops are the generic, inexpensive ones from any store, not even a specialized shoe store. They are typically made of thin, cheap materials and feature a flat sole with NO arch support and absolutely NO shock absorption.

Flip-flops provide little to no stability for the foot and ankle joints. They can cause stress on the knees, hips, lower back and other joints, which can increase your risk for injuries and painful conditions.

Custom Flip-Flops from Foot Levelers

Good news – you can keep your feet supported and aligned without giving up this footwear favorite. Ask your doctor or the physical therapists at Breakaway Physical Therapy about Custom Flip-Flops from Foot Levelers!

Foot Levelers introduced the world’s first custom orthotic flip-flop. Unlike the generic, off the shelf flip-flop, Foot Levels have orthopedic corrections built right into the soles to keep your all your foot structure properly supported. They restore the natural, healthy foot biomechanics your body needs to stay balanced, stable and fight fatigue, WHILE enjoying the beauties of a summer flip-flops.

SO what are you waiting for?

Come by Breakaway Physical Therapy to get your feet scanned and learn about your entire posture, not just your foot position in standing. We will provide you recommendations of the best orthotics for your favorite shoes!

Your feet, your foundation and all the rest of your body deserves to have the BEST support from the ground up to make sure that you enjoy every step of the way!

Looking forward to seeing you and your feet soon😊

Call us at 410-721-6333 for more information or to get a catalog of the Foot Levelers Product Line. 

Shaina Clemons

Shaina Clemons

Shaina is the founder and owner of Breakaway Physical Therapy.  She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland Baltimore, along with a Bachelor's degree from Towson University.   Shaina is an Ironman triathlete, with a love of all sports. Exercise is her passion, which plays an important role in both her personal and professional life.  In her free time, Shaina enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children.  Shaina's love of snowboarding led her to her career choice many years ago. 
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