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ORTHOTICS: PREVENTING SHIN SPLINTS

Custom orthotics are designed to reduce the amount of pressure that is distributed to the legs and feet while being physically active. By limiting leg muscles rubbing against the tibia( leg bone) we can reduce inflammation and future occurrence of shin splints.

What Are Shin Splints?

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Shin splints, or “medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS)”, is a common injury caused by intensive physical activity. In most cases it’s the by-product of repeated trauma to the connective muscle tissue surrounding the tibia. This condition is very common and affects those who are physically active, as well as various athletes of all levels.Shin splints are the most common amongst athletes and people with flat feet. When suffering from shin splints, the common misconception is to “run through the pain”. However, ignoring shin splints can potentially lead to more serious injuries, such as a stress fracture.

Causes of Shin Splints

The simple cause of shin splints is an overload of the muscles, tendons and connective tissue within the lower extremities. The muscle attached to the two leg bones, the tibia and fibula, becomes inflamed when overworked, thus causing tremendous pain within the shin area. Repetitive flexing and impact of the leg muscles are the most common causes of shin splints. Physical activities such as jogging, walking, tennis, soccer, dance and weight lifting activities, can involve constant pounding on the feet and legs, which can cause shin inflammation if the activity is prolonged.

Symptoms of Shin Splints

With physically active individuals, shin splints can be triggered after vigorous and prolonged activity. People who have been inactive for a long period of time could potentially experience the symptoms during the initial phases of their exercise sessions.
Most athletes experience shin splint symptoms at the end of their sports session. Often, pain appears in the early stages of a workout, gradually decreasing mid-way through the session, only to reappear at the end. The pain may be dull and achy initially. Eventually, with repetitive exertion and trauma, the inflammation can worsen to the point where running, walking or normal weight bearing can become extremely painful.

Relief from Shin Splints

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Wearing appropriate footwear with proper cushioning is one of the best ways to prevent shin splints initially. Shin splints can progress into a stress fracture if not treated properly. In most cases, shin splints can heal completely with the appropriate footwear.

Custom orthotics are designed to reduce the amount of pressure that is distributed to the legs and feet when being physically active, which in turn will limit leg muscles rubbing against the tibia and cause less inflammation.
It is important to choose an orthotic that is not too flexible, nor too rigid. An orthotic that is firm doesn’t provide adequate shock absorption during impact activity. If the material or design of the orthotic does not compress adequately, the shock generated from your foot striking the ground is transmitted back into the injured area when force is applied.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, an orthotic that’s too “cushiony” may fail to alleviate the symptoms of shin splints because the support they provide is inadequate. Regardless of the insoles you ultimately choose, it is important to break them in over a prolonged period of time. Your foot may not be accustomed to the level of support a new insole provides, and it may take some time for the muscles and ligaments to acclimate.

For those experiencing shin splints and shin discomfort, book your free consultation at Pro Motion Healthcare TODAY to get your custom 3D-orthotics, and say good-bye to shin splints.

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Orthotics for Athletes

Orthotics can help improve your athletic performance. Whether you’re a recreational or high-level athlete, adding custom made orthotics to your routine can really up your game! In fact, there are very few active adults and children who would not benefit from custom made orthotics.

ORTHOTICS: THE BASICS

Orthotics relieve pain and enhance performance by aligning muscles, ligaments and bones in the lower body. Active children, teens and adults such as runners, walkers, basketball players, skiers, skaters, cyclists and golfers wear orthotics to accommodate the demands of their specific sport and help improve performance.

Here at Pro Motion Healthcare, we utilize specialized hardware and software components to capture an individual’s unique 3D foot scan, dynamic gait and pressure data to create custom made orthotics. The designs are lightweight and comfortable which helps correct the biomechanical problems associated with the various sports. Here’s how custom made orthotics work to improve performance in some of the most common sports.

 

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RUNNERS

Walking and running shoes are designed to fit everyone’s feet, but not one person’s feet in particular. Prolonged walking and running puts stress on the feet, ankles, knees, legs, hips and lower back. At ProMotion Healthcare, we treat numerous walkers and runners who suffer from heel pain, flat feet, weak ankles, shin splints, knee pain, hip pain and low back discomfort.

 

CYCLISTS

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Just as a lighter bike frame or more powerful shocks can give a cyclist the edge needed to win a race, quality orthotics improve performance by providing more efficient delivery of power to the pedal, maximizing the transfer of energy to the pedal and minimizing leg fatigue. Cyclists often suffer from knee pain, which is often a result of excessive arch collapse. At Pro Motion Healthcare, our custom made orthotics are individually designed to help support the arch.

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GOLFERS

Orthotics help golfers distribute their weight more evenly, stabilize your feet when swinging and lessen fatigue of the lower body. Orthotics also correct posture, which is key to maintaining a consistent golf swing.

 

 

 

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BASKETBALL

Basketball puts an enormous strain on the feet. Jumping, running, turning, cutting, and reversing puts pressure on your joints and muscles which can cause pain and weakness. Orthotic devices align the muscles, ligaments and joints and provide cushioning. This allows you to play longer and harder on the court.

 

 

Pro Motion Healthcare, has been helping active adults, teens and children achieve improved performance, comfort, and protection from injury for many years. We pride ourselves by helping people move through life with greater stability, comfort and peace of mind. Whether you are involved in a recreational or high-level activity, we measure our success by the number of people whose quality of life we improve.

Visit us today to meet with one of our Canadian Certified Pedorthists to help you find the best fit for your athletic activity.

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The Difference Custom Made Orthotics Can Make

Asphalt Clouds Endurance 421160Custom Made Orthotics are medical devices that are used for variety of health concerns ranging from foot and ankle problems to knee’s and back issues. They’re also used to help stabilize osteoarthritic joint(s), offloading joint deformity and can also worn for everyday activity, regardless of age.

With populations aging, the number of people who utilize orthotics has grown significantly in the past 3-decades. Projections indicate 7.3 million people in the United States will utilize orthoses to combat the effects of paralysis, deformity and orthopedic impairments by 2020.

Despite the advancement of technology and manufacturing methods, custom orthotics manufacturing hasn’t drastically changed since the 1950’s. The preferred method for North American Podiatrists & Chiropodists is vacuum-forming plastic over a positive foot. A little bit of an out-dated manufacturing method, where it doesn’t take into account the design of the device and the materials used; which in turn, limits its functional capabilities.

“FitStation”, which is powered by HP, utilizes specialized hardware and software components to capture an individual’s unique 3D foot scan, dynamic gait and pressure data. This data is automatically analyzed to provide manufacturing instructions for 3D printed custom foot orthotics. It’s the world’s first end-to-end solution, which provides individual off-the-shelf shoe and insole recommendations, 3D printed insoles and individualized custom footwear.Fitstation Foot Scanner Front Abk9i6

The designs are lightweight and comfortable which help correct the biomechanical problems that lead to pain and discomfort. Different parts of the foot require different levels of support and flexibility. What 3D printing allows, is the lattice-framework to be adjusted without increasing the thickness of the custom orthotics.

For those who understand the pain associated with a generic “off-the-shelf orthotic insole”, custom 3D-orthotics are the breakthrough you’ve been waiting for. Book your free consultation at Pro Motion Healthcare TODAY to get your custom 3D-orthotics, and say good-bye to foot pain.

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Keeping Your Feet Healthy While Cycling

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Walking and Children’s Orthotics

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