Brandt R Gibson, DPM
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Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute

Orthotics are like glasses:  they can improve function for anyone, but only some people require them to function normally.  The case below is from a Lehi High School football player.  He has a slight overpronation, meaning his feet roll inward more than they should, stressing certain parts of the foot, ankle, knee and leg.  His right leg is also a little bit longer than his left, causing misalignment in the hips, spine, and shoulders (not shown). With the help of custom made orthotics, the arches of his feet are getting proper support and his feet no longer roll inward.  A heel lift, the white part of the orthotic shown below, adjusts for the discrepancy in leg length, so that he will have better alignment through his hips, spine, and shoulders.  Being a football player, he is running a lot and these small misalignments can lead to chronic pain and injury without the use of orthotics.