Feet are the foundation of the body, and therefore are one of the most important assessments for a chiropractor to make. The foot has 26 bones and is constructed with three arches. These three arches form a supporting structure that distributes the weight of the entire body and when properly maintained, give exceptional supportive strength. However, like any other joint, the joints in our feet can become “locked up” or fall out of place. If ignored, this can lead to arthritis, bunions, hammer toe, and generalized foot, knee, and low back pain.
One of the biggest issues that some experience with their feet is insufficient "talonavicular angle" support. The average human has a "normal" angle of 4 degrees, however, it is very common to have a greater angle than this. The problem with larger angles is that they are not supported by the typical shoe. (he has seen them as high as 28 degrees!)
Without proper "talonavicular" support, the legs fall inward, thereby increasing the stress on the knees, ankles, hips and low back. This also leads to joint pain. A proper orthotic will correct these issues and align the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and low back from the ground up. This angle support made also allows proper gliding of your patella, thereby reducing wear and tear on your knee joint.
Dr. Parliament vs. Podiatrist
When a podiatrist makes orthotics, they mold a "faulty" foot. Instead, Dr. Parliament first unlocks and aligns the joints in your feet to restore their proper mobility and function. Then he measures the angles of your foot arches and compares them to what they should be so that your knees align properly, as discussed above. Dr. Parliament then molds your feet, making alterations based on your angles.
The orthotics can further be customized for individual needs. For example, if your toes have begun to curl downward, such as the "hammer toe" condition, Dr. Parliament makes a modification in the orthotics that corrects this.
So, what if you're not experiencing foot pain, but are orthotics still recommended? Think of it like this. It’s a chain reaction. The pain you feel in your neck could be caused by a misalignment in your spine that is caused by a tilted pelvis that was caused by an unsupported arch making your knees and feet fall inward. If the feet are stabilized correctly, the rest of your body can be affected.
Our custom orthotics are made by Amfit Professional, a USA company. The orthotics are full length and are finished with a cushioned, anti-microbial top cover.
A chiropractor's job is to fix subluxations and to get your joints moving properly again. However, for some people, long-term relief will not be reached unless structural changes are made. Many patients have had incredible success in a short period of time by making structural changes through therapies such as traction or ligament stretches. And the best part is you do it in the comfort of your own home.
High Quality Supplements
Living a healthy life requires proper nutrition. Our body can only build and repair itself with what we feed it we give it. Low nutritional foods may fill our stomachs, but do little, if nothing, to give our body the fundamental nutrients it needs to run properly.
Many foods now have a staggering amount of additives, preservatives, artificial this and that. Is it really even food by the time it reaches the shelf? Conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are grown with chemical fertilizers, have insecticides and herbicides applied, and are harvested before ripe. Is it really a wonder why the nutritional content of food has declined over the past decades?
So can we really live healthy in this day and age? Yes!
We are advocates for organic produce and products, but this can be very limited depending on where you live and expensive. We suggest buying organic when feasible and choosing fresh fruits and vegetables that have low pesticide residue. In addition to eating a healthy and balanced diet, we do recommend supplementation.
At Parliament Chiropractic, we take supplementation very seriously. We make sure that the products we carry do what they're supposed to do and are processed and manufactured in a way that maintains the integrity of the supplement. Many cheaper supplements are damaged in the manufacturing process, so what you are buying will not reap any of the benefits boasted by the company. In addition, many cheaper supplements do not use high-quality ingredients, therefore rendering a low-quality product.
The next stage is finding a high-quality product that is affordable. We have done that and our patients have had incredible results. And that's what you want from a product...results. Our multi-vitamin is Douglas Labs Preventative X which is 1 of only 8 multi-vitamins out of 1300 plus multi-vitamins sold in the US and Canada which received a 5-star rating! So, when we say we carry only the best, we mean it.
If you have a question about how your vitamin rated in this third-party blind study, feel free to call and we'd be happy to check for you.