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Foot Dysfunction Can Lead to Knee, Hip, and Back Problems – Custom Foot Orthotics Could be the Solution

You have probably read plenty of studies on the importance of sitting correctly. However, we don’t hear nearly as much about the importance of walking correctly, even though the consequences of walking abnormalities are just as serious.

Podiatrists, along with Rheumatologists, Physiatrists, Orthopedists, and Neurologists all agree that poor gait can lead to back pain. These problems can become chronic if not addressed. Foot dysfunction may be the culprit, or a contributing factor, in many pathological and painful conditions, including those affecting the back, hips, and knees, as well as other joints, bones, and muscles. As a result of these postural changes, there is subsequent redistribution of ground reactive forces and the forces are altered and redirected via the compensations and the repetitive movements involved in gait.

Custom Orthotics very often can reduce these compensations and adjust for the postural changes that cause pain. At Absolute Foot and Ankle Clinic and Absolute Medical Care we are able to produce the personalized Custom Foot Orthotic that will be the most beneficial to adjust for these postural changes.

How Do Orthotic Devices Actually Work?

Orthotic devices align the feet and ankles in their correct positions. Although an orthotic device looks very similar to an insole, it is quite different in reality. A podiatrist creates a customized orthotic for each person using a three-dimensional model of the patient’s foot. Since the orthotic is specially designed for the individual, it will guide the foot exactly where it needs to be to relieve the stress and pain created when a person walks. In most cases, orthotics will simply slide into shoes, much like insoles do. Usually, orthotics will fit in existing shoes, but some people will need to size up half a size or so to make sure the orthotics fit comfortably.

Should Custom Orthotics Be Worn Constantly?

Orthotics should be worn on a daily basis so they can do their job effectively. The more that the device is used, the better it can work. Some people need time to get used to the sensation of using orthotics, but the adjustment period is usually quite brief. Most people with foot and ankle problems wear one type of shoe predominantly, but for those who wear two very different types of shoes, an extra set of orthotics may be needed. For example, a person who wears high heels to work but wears tennis shoes at all other times of the day will usually need two different sets of orthotics so that their gait can be consistently corrected. Absolute Foot and Ankle Clinic offers Custom Orthotics for work shoes, fashion shoes, kids, and different sports. Many PPO insurance companies cover custom orthotics.

If you are interested in a pair of Custom Orthotics or would like to consult with Dr. Rabinovich about your general foot care, please call our nearest office, Northbrook 847-297-9660 or Crest Hill 815-838-9505.

Dr. Zinoviy Rabinovich D.P.M., Board Certified Physician and Surgeon of Foot and Ankle – a doctor who is on time, who looks at and listens to you and not the computer, who provides immediate relief and follows through to complete satisfaction. Experience, expertise, convenience of scheduling, evening hours, and a personal innovative approach for all your and your children’s foot care needs. Northbrook 847-297-9660, Crest Hill 815-838-9505 or book online at


 Доктор Зиновий Рабинович – board certified врач и хирург стопы и голеностопного сустава. Опыт, экспертиза, удобство записи, и индивидуальный, заботливый, инновационный подход для вас и ваших детей. Northbrook 847-297-9660, Crest Hill 815-838-9505. 


 Лікар Зіновій Рабинович – board certified лікар і хірург стопи і гомілковостопного суглоба. Досвід, експертиза, зручність запису, і індивідуальний, турботливий, інноваційний підхід для вас і ваших дітей. Northbrook 847-297-9660, Crest Hill 815-838-9505. В офісі розмовляють українською.

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