Orthotics, Heel Lifts, Wedges
The conditions that might require orthotics, heel lifts, and wedges are: fallen arches, foot pronation or supination, knee pain, and hip pain. For more information, see below.
Your feet are the foundation of your entire body, just as the foundation of a house is the ground level support for the entire house. If the foundation of a house in some way deforms, then problems can arise in the floor, the walls, the door jams and the window frames. We have seen over and over through the years that foot corrections can lead to corrections of the ankle, knee, hip, spine, and even cause headaches to go away. Dr. Harrison often will examine the feet and the gait when working on a difficult condition. Fallen arches in the feet are one of the common causes of low back pain.
Anatomical short legs are a very common cause of low back pain and scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine when looking at one’s back.) The only way to know for sure if one has an anatomical short leg is to have a specific type of X-Ray taken. If the test is done properly, the test is accurate within one millimeter. A physiological short leg is a leg that appears to be short but is not. Physiological short legs may be caused by muscle weakness, muscle spasm, or by a rotated pelvis. The only way to know for certain whether one has an anatomical short leg or a physiological short is to use the specific X-Ray. Dr. Harrison began researching short legs back in the mid-1970’s. Through the years, he has perfected the specific X-Ray for anatomical short legs. He attributes his research into anatomical/physiological short leg to his excellent results in working with low back pain patients.
The solutions to the anatomical short leg, fallen arches, foot pronation and foot supination.
An anatomical short leg can be corrected by utilizing a heel lift that is placed in the shoe on the short leg side. If the leg deficiency is 10mm or more the patient is referred out to a shoemaker who is skilled in reconstructing the shoe so that the whole sole contains the correction. When the foot is supinated or pronated the correction can be a heel wedge or a pair of orthotics that support the arch and correct the supination or pronation at the same time. It is very important to have your orthotic precisely fitted to you. You can purchase orthotic arch supports off the shelf, however, if the arch support does not fit precisely to your arch, much of the effect will be lost.