The Feet as Your Foundation - Pinnacle Physical Therapy

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The Feet as Your Foundation

When you come in for an initial assessment, we take your blood pressure, your oxygen saturation, and your pulse. We’ll also scan your feet. Most would argue that a healthy blood pressure is a good thing. We, as a society, are all too familiar with blood pressure’s effect on our heart and the potential for a heart attack or stroke if BP is not controlled. What is often less intuitive to patients is the role of their foot structure on the alignment and function of the rest of their body.

Your Foundation

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The foot is your foundation. Your foot is a marvelous structure. It is comprised of 26 bones, 30 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. It also has 3 distinct arches that make up a structure called the plantar vault.

These 3 arches in the foot are what keep the body balanced:

  • Medial longitudinal arch (A–C)
  • Lateral longitudinal arch (B–C)
  • Anterior transverse (metatarsal) arch (A–B)

The plantar vault provides numerous benefits:

  • Balances to the body
  • Propels us forward
  • Safely absorbs heel-strike shock
  • Adapts to walking and running stresses.

As we age, one or more of your arches will weaken due to gravitational pressure. This process is completely natural, but can be expedited by injuries, a shorter leg, improper posture and naturally weak ligaments and tendons.

Once an arch or multiple arches have weakened, the weight of the body will shift away from the weakened arch and start to apply pressure and stress to the other arches, causing pain and other symptoms throughout the body.

The Power of Foot Levelers

This is where Foot Levelers comes in! Foot Levelers custom-made orthotics are designed to provide the best possible support for all 3 arches of your feet:

  • Individually crafted based on 3D scans to bolster the arches in your feet
  • Prescribed through your very own physical therapist to ensure you get the best possible orthotic
  • Available in a variety of styles and builds to suit your lifestyle and needs

Foot Levelers custom orthotics are designed to provide both the instant “ah” factor that over-the-counter orthotics like to market, and the actual needed support for your arches that will relieve pain now and prevent pain later by compensating for any and all of your weakened arches to correct your posture.

See How our Little Rock Physical Therapists Can Help You

After you have a scan done at our office you will receive an email. It is not always possible for your PT to go over the results of your scan with you on the first visit, but they will review your scan and if they feel it would benefit you and your goals, they will discuss your findings with you.

Not everyone needs arch support. We are not here to just “sell you something”. We believe in this product and the company’s 70-year long history. This product aligns with our philosophy here at Pinnacle PT which is to analyze, educate and empower. If we don’t analyze it, we don’t know if you will benefit from it! We are on a journey with you to help you live your best life and to help you reach your goals.

Always our best,

Your Pinnacle PT Team!

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