Sutton Chiropractic & Nutrition

Dr. Danette L. Sutton, B.S., D.C., A.C.N.

Foot Levelers Orthotics


During standing and walking, the lumbar spine and pelvis balance on the lower extremities. If leg or foot asymmetries or alignment problems are present, then abnormal forces will be transmitted the closed kinematic chain and interfere with spinal function. Altered foot function and structural imbalance can result in significant changes to gait and posture. These changes will impact the spine and pelvis, resulting in chronic complaints not only in the low back but in the midback and even the neck. When excessive pronation occurs the arch collapses and a torque force is exerted on the lower extremity causing internal rotation which stresses the leg, hip, pelvis and low back. The pelvis develops an anterior pelvic tilt, the spine compensates, and the head/neck also develops an anterior antalgic tilt. Orthotics reduce the effects of asymmetry, poor alignment , uneven wear and tear, stress and pain. Many conditions start in the feet but eventually contribute to health concerns farther up the kinematic chain, in the spine. Orthotics help preserve the body's optimal foot-spine connection.

When the foot pronates, it creates a longer, wider and flatter foot. The tarsal bones will subluxate in a predictable pattern causing the cuneiforms to drop in an inferior direction. Chiropractic adjustment to the foot combined with flexible, custom orthotics, produce superior results.

At birth, 99% of all feet are normal. By the age of one, 8% develop foot problems; 41% by the age of five, and 80% by the age of twenty! By the age of forty, nearly everyone has a foot condition of some sort.

                                       *Low back pain is the #1 cause of work-related disability in persons under the age of 45.                                       

                                       *1 in 4 Americans experience LBP at any given time

                                       *80% of the population will experience LBP at some point in their lives

                                       *LBP is the 2nd most common reason reported for missing work

                                       *LBP is the 5th most common reason for all health care visits

An anatomical difference in leg length produces abnormal structural stresses on the pelvis and spine - these can cause chronic pain and result in degenerative changes to the spine. A heel lift added to an orthotic can reduce the structural stresses and provide clinical changes.


1. Do you stand or walk on hard surfaces for more than 4 hours daily?

2. Do you participate regularly in any physical sports (basketball, tennis, golf, bowling, etc)?

3. Are you over 40 years old?

4. Have you ever had a prior injury to your knee, back or neck?

5. Do you wear your shoes unevenly?

6.Do you have joint pain while walking, standing or running?

7. Is one of your legs shorter than the other?

8. Do you have knock knees or bowed legs?

9. Do you have any obvious foot problems (bunions, corns, flat feet)?

10 Do your feet "toe out" while you're walking?

An affirmative answer to any of the above indicates you are a likely candidate for flexible, custom orthotics.