Repetitive strain injuries are very common. Just like the term repetitive implies, it is something that happens gradually and when you repeat a movement or action multiple times. It can cause pain in various muscles, nerves and tendons.
If we take for example of elbow pain, which can be caused by common daily activities such as typing, gripping or carrying objects and playing a racket sport. There are many muscles that allow you to use your hands and wrists also attach to your elbows. The pain can be described as an ache, burning, shooting, tingling, or cramping of the muscles.
Often there is inflammation and pain in the early stages of the injuries. If left untreated, muscle tightness, trigger points and scar tissue will set in. Rest, ice, stretches and exercise will also be an important part of the healing process. Your therapist can help guide you through the whole process and give you tips to help you avoid re-injury.
I have had so many patients over the years not understand what an orthotic truly does and how custom foot orthotics can help them. This week we’ll dive into the common misconceptions and in future blogs we’ll touch on other aspects of orthotics including some further misconceptions to share with you in part 2 of our post.
What is a custom foot orthotic?
“A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like 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 plastic 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.” (from TOG patient FAQ’s, 2019)
Some of the most common misconceptions that I have heard regarding orthotics include some of following that I have listed below.
“ My feet don’t hurt so everything is fine.”
Patients have called orthotics “arch supports”, as though we are trying to force their arch or foot into an abnormal position.
This week I challenge you to think more about your feet and how you walk!
Have a great week, Dr. P.
Dr. Adrina Patterson, the chiropractor and owner of Kingston West Family Chiropractic, is an avid gardener. She loves riding her recumbent bike and travelling. She also enjoys continuously learning and improving her skills.