The definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing repeatedly, and expecting a different result.”
So, you’ve had some treatment, rested, done the rehab, used the “anti-flam”, tried to train smarter, BUT as soon as you are back to full training – WHAM – the injury recurs and you are back for more treatment. Sound familiar?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Why are others, doing the same training, yet not getting the injuries that you are?
- Why is one side worse than the other? Both sides have gone the same distance.
- Are you taking anti-inflammatory medicines just to ease the pain? Joint and muscle pain are not due to an ibuprofen deficiency!
- Would you to know the underlying cause of your running injuries? Specific biomechanical imbalance is often the root of the problem – and everyone is different!
Your unique foot biomechanics are the foundation of your movement. Understanding your lower extremity biomechanics can help you to understand why your body, and your training, may be suffering from faulty foot mechanics. Abnormal foot structure and/or function is often the source of injuries such as plantar fasciitis, ball of foot pain, shin splints, runners knee, IT Band Syndrome, and lower back pain. So, fix the foot function and you fix the problem and you are running pain free! Really!
To assess your foot mechanics I use GaitScan™ technology to analyse the foot as it is moving. I get amazing results with many joint and muscle injuries using GaitScan™ as a diagnostic tool to prescribe custom orthotics, along with Chiropractic treatment. GaitScan™, is similar to what you see in the shoe shops, but is the more sophisticated clinical grade of this technology. GaitScan has 4096 pressure plate sensors, operating at 300Hz (yes 300 scans per second!),producing over 1 million data points, which are analysed to detail the pressure exerted through your foot. This helps to determine if abnormal foot mechanics are contributing to your injury. Furthermore, it helps us to determine if custom orthotics would help your specific problems.
Orthotics are not all made the same. A fully custom pair of orthotics can be prescribed using state-of-the-art pressure plate GaitScan technology data to identify the exact foot dysfunction when the foot is weight-bearing, and the body is in motion. Functional Orthotic Therapy (FOT) is the use of custom foot orthoses (shoe inserts) to optimise foot function. The quality of orthotics depends on the manufacturing materials, and the precision of the corrective prescription.
I conduct a thorough orthopaedic, neurologic, Chiropractic, and functional biomechanical examination of your entire kinetic chain to identify imbalance in your musculoskeletal system, and to determine if you are a good candidate for orthotic therapy. If so, using the data from yourGaitScan™, custom orthotics made uniquely for each of your feet. Furthermore, rather than being made of foam (which simply absorbs shock), or hard rigid plastic (which can limit the normal motion of the foot joints), our orthotics are made of a thermoplast plastic that supports and facilitates normal foot motion, and has100% memory, thereby stimulating the mechanoreceptors and proprioceptors in your foot to optimise function. FOT can be incorporated as part of your overall care plan to include Chiropractic care, physiotherapy, and functional rehabilitation. But with the addition of custom orthotics, now the treatment will “hold” and your symptoms are far less likely to return.
Even the most chronic of injuries, can be helped with this approach. If this makes sense to you, give us a call to schedule a biomechanics exam and GaitScan™ analysis! Mention this article to receive a 50% discount on this initial exam. I look forward to seeing you at the Auckland Marathon!