A 15 year old patient came into our office today with knee pain. Seeing the podiatrist for knee pain is usually not people's first instinct, but when there is a structural deficiency in the feet, the effects are seen throughout the entire body. The patient had flat feet, which were causing her feet to roll inward, putting strain on her knees and other joints.
She is a dancer, and on her feet a lot. She likes to be active, but her knee pain was starting to inhibit her dancing. Her pediatrician recommended that she come see us and get fitted for orthotics. We were able to fit her for some semi-custom orthotics that corrected her inward rolling feet.
The first picture is of our patient's feet without orthotics. Her feet are rolled inward, causing her ankles to bend at an unnatural angle. This in turn affects her knees, hips, spine, shoulder and neck alignment.
In the second picture, she is standing in her orthotics. Her ankles are bent in a much more natural way and her general alignment is corrected.