Orthotic: “a device (such as a brace or splint) for supporting, immobilizing, or treating muscles, joints, or skeletal parts which are weak, ineffective, deformed, or injured.”
While orthotics can be made for many different regions of the body, the most commonly known orthotics are probably foot orthotics, or shoe insoles. Generic insoles can be purchased over the counter in many drug stores, medical supply stores, shoes stores, etc. They can be very helpful to breathe life back into your favorite worn out pair of shoes or make a new pair more comfortable for your feet. They are an easily accessible and cost-effective way to first treat minor foot pain and discomfort and come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes.
Custom insoles, on the other hand, are specifically designed to mold to your feet. They are custom-made after taking a mold or scan of your foot and a thorough examination of your particular complaint has been performed. Custom insoles can be very useful in treating more chronic, severe foot problems which haven’t responded to other treatments. Some foot conditions which can be helped by a custom orthotic may include: plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, metatarsalgia, flat feet, and heel spurs. Insoles can be used for every day wear in dress shoes, casual shoes, running sneakers, etc.
Did you know orthotics can help to treat knee, hip and low back pain too? If you’re standing and walking on a weak foundation all day long, the stress that starts in your feet can travel up the kinetic chain to impact the rest of the joints in the lower body. Structural changes in the feet can change the way we walk and affect other muscles and tissues that connect to the knees and hips. If you’re continually limping on a sore foot, it can put extra strain on the opposite knee and imbalance the pelvis. A structural short-leg (following a joint replacement, fracture, or growth plate damage) can also imbalance the pelvis and cause lower back pain. Orthotics can
be designed with extra heel lifts to correct these imbalances.
As your feet can have a large impact on spine health, Chiropractors often treat your feet or make recommendations to resolve your back pain based on your feet. That is why here at Riverview Chiropractic Health, our Chiropractors will be introducing custom orthotics into our practices as another way to serve our patients. Starting in May, we will have Power Step custom insoles available for patients seeking relief from foot and lower body pain. If you think a custom product may be right for you, speak with your Chiropractor to determine if a foot examination and scan should be performed. Adding orthotics to a treatment plan of Chiropractic adjusting, home exercises or physical therapy, and other self-care can make a big difference in your health!
The chicken sits in a bubble bath of dairy-free cream sauce that is bursting with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. The sauce is so rich and so creamy you’ll almost die. Gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut and tree nut free. Free of the top eight allergens.
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons of oil from the sun-dried tomatoes with herbs jar
1 cup full fat coconut milk (from the can, found in the Asian section)
½ cup chicken broth (or, ½ cup water + ½ teaspoon allergy-friendly chicken bouillon)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 cup romaine, chopped*
½ cup sun dried tomatoes with herbs, diced
Open the jar of sun-dried tomatoes with herbs, and measure out 2 Tablespoons of the oil that they’re packed in. Add it to a large skillet and heat over medium heat.
Add the chicken and cook 3-5 minutes on each side until browned. Remove the chicken to a plate.
Add the coconut milk, chicken broth, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and nutritional yeast to the pan and turn up the heat to medium high. Allow the sauce to thicken slightly.
Turn down the heat to medium and add the romaine (or spinach), sun-dried tomatoes and chicken. Allow the chicken to simmer in the sauce until the romaine (or spinach) has wilted and everything is heated through (being sure your chicken is cooked thoroughly).
Serve plain, or over gluten-free noodles of your choice.
Stores wonderfully for leftovers too–just be sure to store the noodles separate so they don’t get too soggy.