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Do your feet, knees, hips or low back hurt for no apparent reason?  Maybe you’ve tried different things like yoga, massage, stretching and exercise only to have temporary relief?  Maybe the problem is starting in the feet and working its way up to your back or neck.

How can you tell if the problem is in your feet?

There are a couple of things you can do at home. 

 First – look at your shoes do the heels wear unevenly from side to side or from shoe to shoe?  Do you find you have more pain when you were some shoes than others? 

 Second -Look at your bare feet.  Do you have knobby places on one foot but not the other? 

 Third – Sit down in a chair and have someone put two fingers under each arch or put something that is compressible  like an empty toilet paper tube under each arch that is on the side of the feet that face each other.  Now stand up.  Does it feel like one foot is pressing down on the fingers or the tubes more than the other?

 Fourth – Now have your friend remove their fingers or remove the toilet paper tubes.  Look at your feet.  If you can use a mirror to look at your Achilles tendons.  Does it look like one ankle turns in more than the other?

Now using a full length mirror, look at the position of your knees and hips.  Is one knee turned in?  Does one hip look higher or lower than the other?

All of these signs are indicators that your feet are not supporting you the way they should.  When your feet don’t support you the way they should, you end up with problems not only in your feet, but also in the knees, hips, back and even the neck!

Many people’s chronic pain problems have been resolved by properly supporting the feet.  While there are several ways to provide support for the feet, I have found that custom foot orthotics are the best.  They are pliable so they bend when your feet bend.  They are cushioned so they are comfortable even on hard surfaces. And most importantly, they are made to fit your feet!

So why suffer?  Check your feet and then let us supply you with a set or two of custom orthotics.  The company we use even makes custom sandals and flip flops!

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