It’s easy to take movement for granted because we do it every day throughout our lives, but for the millions of people living with pain, movement can become limited.
What people may not know is that relieving their pain and improving movement may be as simple as finding the right foot support.
“Lower body pain, such as pain in the knees and lower back can begin in the feet,” explains Timothy Charlton*, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and a specialist in foot and ankle reconstruction.
“Everything is connected. Just the impact coming from the ground through your feet and legs as you walk is estimated to be 750,000 pounds per day for a 150-pound person. All that weight affects the 28 bones in your foot, as well as numerous muscles and tendons supporting those bones.”
Most Americans have logged about 75,000 miles on to their bodies**, and that mileage can lead to wear and tear.
Consider all the bones, muscles and tendons that have to work together like a well-oiled machine for your body to properly move. With time, this wear and tear can lead to fatigue and pain that can limit our movement. But movement is essential to maintaining overall body health. “If your body is like a car, and your feet and legs as your tires and suspension,” said Dr. Charlton. “When something is wrong with your tires your car won’t drive as well as it should.”
Orthotics can help support your feet, absorb the shock and stress of everyday movement, and ultimately reduce lower body pain. A great way to find insoles that meet your needs is to get an understanding of what’s unique about your feet. The Dr. Scholl's® Custom Fit® Kiosk uses innovative FootMapping® technology to measure your feet and recommend the Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit® Orthotics that are best for you. These kiosks can be found at your local pharmacy.
Dr. Scholl's® has more than 100 years of history in biomechanics expertise, and has applied this knowledge to develop a line of comfortable Pain Relief Orthotics designed to alleviate pain for individuals struggling with plantar fasciitis, knee or lower back pain. These orthotics include Shock Guard® Technology that address lower body pain at the source. Routine use of Dr. Scholl’s® orthotics can provide foot support and cushioning, and relieve pain so that you can increase movement in your life for better overall health and well-being.
“Some people find wearing orthotics offers immediate relief, others start to experience benefits in the knee and back the more they wear them,” said Dr. Charlton. “The timetable varies because every person is different, but many people see a dramatic release in pain within a week. Lower body pain doesn’t need to be a part of your life.”
Proper support and cushioning of your feet and body can mean less pain and lead to more movement, which adds up to a healthier lifestyle.
* Source: http://www.timothycharlton.com/about.html
** Source: http://www.apma.org/learn/FootHealthList.cfm?navItemNumber=498
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