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Don’t Let Pain Stop You

Dollarphotoclub_72460535After a long, cold winter, it can feel great to lace up the running shoes or hop on the bike and hit the trails. Unfortunately, sometimes as we rev up our activities, pain can flare up and stop us in our tracks. The repetitive pounding that comes from high-impact activities such as tennis, running, and walking puts large amounts of stress on our feet, ankles, knees, and hips, which can lead to many different overuse injuries. Maybe this spring you have noticed some new aches or pains in your joints, or perhaps old, nagging symptoms are reappearing.

When dealing with painful symptoms, look first at your feet. Some of the most common injuries reported by those in high-impact sports are plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, tendonitis, shin splints, and stress fractures. Often, imbalances in the feet are the source of these conditions. As the foundation of our bodies, feet take the most shock and stress; perfectly balanced feet will distribute the stress evenly throughout the joints, but even slight imbalances of the feet can cause the whole body to be out of alignment, which can lead to injury. Many times, proper footwear can help address some of these foot issues, but often, a custom spinal pelvic stabilizer (SPS), also known as an orthotic, is needed to correct biomechanical abnormalities of the foot. By supporting all areas of the foot, the stress is redistributed, which can improve the stability and functioning of the entire lower body. In addition, the SPS will absorb some of the shock to the foot, putting less stress on the joints. Several studies have shown positive correlation in wearing orthotics and reducing pain and injuries in runners.1,2,3

To help decide if a custom SPS is right for you, visit a doctor of chiropractic trained in the evaluation and use of SPSs, such as Dr. Sarah Weber or Dr. Bonnie Ahlf. The doctor of chiropractic can evaluate your symptoms and examine your feet to look for imbalances that may cause painful symptoms throughout body. A digital scan will ensure that the SPS is customized to support your foot. In addition, the doctor can address misalignments through chiropractic adjustment to reduce painful symptoms.

Whether you want to prevent injuries or reduce painful symptoms, consider custom SPSs to get you back on track.


1Mundermann, A., Nigg, B.M., Humble, R.N., & Stefanyshun, D.J. (2003). Foot orthotics affect lower extremity kinematics and kinetics during running. Clinical Biometics, (18)3, 254-262. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0268-0033(02)00186-9

2Maclean, C.L., Davis, I.S., & Hamill, J. (2008). Short- and long-term influences of a custom foot orthotic intervention on lower extremity dynamics. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, (18)4, 338-343. doi: 10.1097/MJT.0b013e31815fa75a.

3Reinking, M.F., Hayes, A.M., & Austin, T.M. (2012) The effect of foot orthotic use on exercise related leg pain in cross country athletes. Physical Therapy in Sport, (13)4: 214-218. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2011.10.005.

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