A Les Bailey orthotics article, woodmansterne, Banstead, Surrey
My first memory of wearing prescription orthotics for my own plantar fasciitis over 25 years ago, was not of the healing I got for my plantar fasciitis (this took a little time)
My first observation was that my osteopath colleague was not required to perform his usual manipulations on my sore sacro iliacs after a hard week treating patients.
I was quite amazed by this, as by friday, the toll of standing all week administering osteopathic treatments usually left my S.I joints feeling like I had been in an accident!!!
I was quite a rookie in the orthotic world back then, and had never made the connection between foot misalignment and sacro iliac pain.
Giving this some thought, it appeared obvious that if ones feet are out of alignment, eg pronated, or even worse,one pronated and the other in perfect posture,it would throw the ankles out of alignment...this in turn disrupts the knees....this in turn upsets the hips posture...this in turn affects the smooth running of the sacro iliac joints...this in turn gives rise to lumbar spine dysfunction...
This effect causes disruption in the thoracic spine / cervicals, and..some theories even cite the TMJ joints (jaw) misalignment starting with foot imbalance.
Dont believe me? Well look what happens when there is subsidence in a buildings structure. Where are the cracks appearing? Right through the houses entire fabric!!!!!!
When I first see a patient for a consultation, my eye is always cast from the foots posture through the knees, hips, and finally the spine .
This gives me a complete story, and I can generally point to the exact location of the patients pain. They think Im some kind of wizzard, but its merely observation of the complete matrix of our patients posture from origin (the feet) to end (the crown of the head) and understanding the sequence of biomechanical events that led to the problem.
If as a patient, you suffer reoccuring sacro iliac pain, see an osteopath or podiatrist skilled in biomechanics / orthotics.
Should you opt for orthotics,ensure they are prescription and NOT off the shelf models. They must be accurate to your foots natural talar neutral position.
About Dr Les Bailey phd,DO, acopm.apta(int part)Woodmansterne, Banstead, surrey
Direct phone number 07801418080
Dr Les Bailey began in physical therapies in 1981,qualifying in remedial massage,and later going on to qualify as an osteopath.
He gained his phd from OIUCM for a thesis on the treatment of plantar fasciitis.
He was awarded a teaching/lecturing diploma from the northern school of osteopaths in 1993.
He also holds a diploma in foot biomechanics .
Dr Les Bailey works from his clinic near woodmansterne, Banstead in surrey.