Removable foot orthotics have become very popular in the last couple years.  They are advertised on infomercials, sold at grocery stores, and found in pharmacies.  You simply find the correct style for your shoes, pick out your size, and slip them into your shoes.  Some brands do offer some temporary relief to their users.  The added cushion layers dampen the level of pain and discomfort.  The problem with these quick fixes is that the same orthotic you use is prescribed for the treatment of any kind of foot problem on men and women of all ages.  Custom-made foot orthotics are designed especially to fit your feet and are modified to accommodate your particular body size, shape, and posture.  No one’s feet are exactly like yours, and the over-the-counter inserts are not designed with you in mind.  They are built to fit anyone with the same size shoe as you, no matter what their problem is.  Dolan Family Chiropractic uses Foot Levelers brand custom-made orthotics. These supports are made using a postural exam, a weight bearing digital computer scanning system, and 16 specific measurements to ensure a perfect fit that will correct and support your feet and body.  Any orthotic can alter the way that you stand, walk, and absorb shock from the ground.  If the supports do not fit correctly, your problem can get worse rather than improve.

So what are custom-made foot orthotics?  The orthotics made by Foot Levelers are actually labeled as pelvic spinal stabilizers because they not only correct problems in the feet, but they also address pain and discomfort in the knees, hips, and low back.  This is why these supports are such a good match with chiropractic.  Stabilizers are flexible, custom-made, removable inserts that are placed in your shoes.  They are designed to support all three arches of your foot and provide a cushioned layer to help with shock absorption.  They balance and support the arches of the foot to help align the ankles, knees, and hips, providing a solid, level foundation for your spine.  The feet are the foundation of our body in the standing position.  If the foundation of a house is not level, than neither is the rest of the house.  The same is true for your body.  If your foundation is not balanced, it can lead to problems all the way up your body.  These supports align the foundation of the body and remove unnecessary stress and strain from your joints that can result in foot, knee, hip, and low back pain if not treated.  Stabilizers also help enhance your athletic performance, improve your balance, and reduce foot fatigue.

Custom-made foot orthotics are great for treating problems with the feet including plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammer toes, heel spurs, and arthritis pain.  They have been proven to reduce the occurrences of ankle sprains and major knee injuries like ACL and meniscus tears in sports, and helps improve balance and coordination.  They are great for athletes, runners, and those involved in active lifestyles.  Orthotics can help with shin splints, knee pain, bursitis, and arthritis pain.  They take stress off the knees and hips and help with a wide variety of low back pain including sciatica.  They offer extra padding and support for those who work on their feet all day and are great in work boots for construction workers.  Special styles are made for diabetics, high performance athletes, and those with sensitive feet.  They can be equipped with heel lifts to help correct leg length deficiencies and can be fit into almost any type of shoe.  Specific styles are recommended for different types of shoes.  Foot Levelers offers supports made especially for heels, loafers, work boots, and tennis shoes.   Dolan Family Chiropractic now carries a full line of sandals and flip flops with orthotic supports built in to provide stylish support in the warmer months.  Sandals rarely offer any support and can cause many problems.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when considering custom-made foot orthotics:

  • Are you at least 40 years old?
  • Do you have hip, knee, foot, or low back pain while standing, walking, or running?
  • Do you wear the heels of your shoes unevenly?
  • Are you on your feet on hard surfaces for more than 4 hours/day?
  • Do you participate regularly in any sports or outdoor activities?
  • Is one of your legs longer than that the other?
  • Have you had prior injury to your knee, hip, or low back?
  • Do you have knock-knees or bow legs?
  • Do you have foot problems including bunions, plantar fasciitis, or corns?
  • Do your feet toe out when you stand?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are a good candidate for custom-made foot orthotics! Ask one of the doctors today about Footlevelers Foot Orthotics. And best yet, most health insurance plans cover them with no out of pocket costs to the patient.

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Dolan Family Chiropractic has proudly served the Aurora and Naperville areas of Illinois for years.  They offer chiropractic care, physical therapy, nutritional assessments, stretching, rehabilitation, therapeutic exercise, and custom-made foot orthotics for patients of all ages. Visit our website at to view a full list of our available services and learn how chiropractic can help you.