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How can orthotics help you get relief from your foot and back pain?

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Orthotics are devices used by physiotherapists and orthopedics to help cure a person of various types of foot conditions like Achilles tendonitis, bunions among other type of ailments like back pain, knee pain etc.

These are made of lightweight materials that range from a simple over-the-counter shoe insert to custom made devices which require analysis of body and foot mechanics to create a cast of it.

Who can benefit from Orthotics?

Anyone can benefit from orthotics if they feel the need for additional support while walking or running. It is very helpful for people who want relief from various foot conditions which cause pain, swelling and discomfort.

Below are certain symptoms which suggest you should see a physiotherapist or an orthopedic –

  • Bunions
  • Flat feet
  • Shin splints
  • Frequent ankle sprains
  • Abnormal wear and tear of shoe from one side
  • Pain in knee, heel or lower back

If you are suffering from any of the above, it is advised to see a specialist immediately. The delay would only make the condition worse.

How is Orthotics made?

When a patient visits a physiotherapist, they will create a cast of his feet. The therapist then analyses the cast and sends it to a lab with certain recommendations. The technician in the lab makes the final cast or positive by pouring plaster into it. When the plaster dries, it forms the exact shape of the person’s feet.  Then custom-orthotic is developed against the shape of the cast and the given recommendations to provide ample support to the foot. This is then sent back to the physiotherapist who fits this custom-orthotic to the patient’s feet. This whole process generally takes a few weeks.

The orthotic made through this process provides support, stability, cushioning and alignment to the patient’s feet, ankles and lower body. This, in turn, enables the patient to become pain-free.

So, if you are experiencing foot pain or any of the above symptoms, feel free to visit our clinic for an expert opinion. We have a great team of experienced physiotherapists which would analyse your foot mechanics and help you get relief from your pain. You can either call us at 905-232-2202 to make an appointment or fill an online form here.

Good office ergonomics can help prevent back and neck pain

If you work in an office on a 8-hour shift sitting in front of a computer craning your neck to see the monitor, hunching your shoulders to reach your keyboard and slouching in our chair, then most likely you must be suffering from neck or back pain. This leads to bad posture and crooked spine which add to the problem. You can easily prevent these by keeping a few things in mind.

Modifying our office ergonomics can go a long way in alleviating you from the perils of neck or back pain. Let’s begin with your work desk

Work-Desk ergonomics

It involves the position of your work desk, your chair, keyboard and the computer screen.

  • The desk height should ideally be upto the height of your elbows while sitting in your chair.
  • If the desk height is too low or too high, it will lead to hunching of your shoulders or stretching your arms which lead to incorrect posture of your spine.
  • Ideally your desk should provide you with plenty of leg room
  • The position of your keyboard should be such that your shoulders are relaxed and elbows at approximately 90 degree angle.
  • The monitor should be placed at about an arm’s length from you. If its too near, you will have to crane your neck; if its too far, you will have to lean forward resulting in incorrect posture.
  • The top of the monitor should be at eye level and perpendicular to your line of sight.
office ergonomics for back pain

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Desk Chair

Your desk chair plays a very crucial part in helping you avoid back and neck pain.

  • Adjust the height of your chair so that your feet rests firmly on the ground with knees not touching the edge of the seat.
  • Position your backrest to provide support to the back in the lumbar region. You can also keep a rolled pillow there for extra support.
  • The armrests should be in a comfortable position to support your arms freely without causing them to hunch.

Apart from these tips, you should sit on your seat no longer than 30 minutes at a stretch. Take a small break to stretch out your legs and back. Following these simple tips during your work day will ensure you pain free living.

At SquareOne Physio, we have a team of experienced physiotherapists who specialize in back and neck pain. If you are suffering from acute pain, feel free to make an appointment for consultation. You can call at 905-232-2202 or make an online appointment here.