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Custom Orthotics

Orthotics are used to correct improper foot mechanics that cause pain and discomfort. Many times what happens at the foot can also cause pain at the knee, hip and even the back. However, not everyone is meant for orthotics. Sometimes the pain can be resolved by a simple shoe change or by treating the knee or hip. Orthotics can relieve many different kinds of foot pain including heel pain and plantar fasciitis; arch pain; pain caused by running, walking, and other athletics; pain related to diabetes; pain experienced by senior citizens; and many other kinds of foot pain related to bunions, trauma, sprains, and other disorders.


Heel Pain Sufferers

Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the ligament on the bottom of the foot which attaches to the heel and maintains our arch) are the most common causes of heel pain. These problems usually occur in pronated feet (feet that roll inward, breaking down the inner sides of shoes). Pronation forces the heel to strike the ground abnormally, and places abnormal stress on the heel and plantar fascia, which causes pain that, will become progressively worse. Your pain may occur only when first standing, and then disappear; it may occur at irregular intervals; or it may be constant. In any case, be assured, it will become worse without custom-made orthotics.

The custom-made orthotic is constructed to: allow the heel to strike the ground in the correct manner by eliminating pronation; cushion the heel; and support the arch. Custom-made orthotics are the first and most successful line of treatment podiatrists use for these problems. Arch pain sufferers. The usual causes of arch pain are: flat feet; very high arches; prolonged standing, walking, and running; injury; and the natural aging process.

By gently supporting the arch and accommodating for existing problems, custom-made orthotics accomplish three things:

• The pain disappears.
• The arch will drop no further, thus preventing further foot problems from developing.
• The effects of aging on the feet are slowed, preventing other problems such as arthritic foot pain and fatigue due to walking, as well as preventing bunions and hammer toes from becoming worse.

Pain caused by running, walking, and other athletics. It is no coincidence that many professional athletes use custom-made orthotics. Custom-made orthotics keep the foot in its most efficient alignment, allowing the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments to work at 100% efficiency. They also protect the heel, arch, and forefoot from the unnatural and increased stress that prolonged running and sports activity produce. Whether it is to prevent problems, relieve pain, or increase efficiency, all runners and other athletes will benefit from custom-made orthotics.

Pain related to Diabetes Due to a thinning of the protective fatty pad on the bottom of the foot, circulatory problems, and decreased feeling (neuropathy), diabetics encounter more severe foot problems than non-diabetics. Pressure sores, chronic painful areas, and ulcers are best treated with supportive custom-made orthotics featuring modern materials that can eliminate pain, shield and protect painful areas, and decrease the chance of ulcerations occurring. Podiatrists and diabetic specialists use custom-made orthotics to help reduce the increasing number of lower extremity amputations which occur each year by preventing simple problems from becoming more serious.

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Pain experienced by senior citizens The aging process affects the feet and ankles just as it affects every other part of the body. The muscles, tendons, and ligaments become loose and weaker; bones lose calcium reducing their strength; and the fatty pads on the bottoms of our feet, which protect and cushion the bones, become thinner and can nearly disappear. Custom-made orthotics will gently support the bones of the feet; special materials used can mimic the foot's natural fatty pad and eliminate the pain of protruding bones and bone spurs.

Custom-made orthotics will also support the arch and keep it from falling, thus preventing other problems and pains. And they can keep the foot from turning and twisting while walking, making each step secure and pain-free. Possible to allow for normal function is an essential part or a healthy lifestyle. We will reexamine and re-Xray your spine to determine your progress. Each case is different, and has its own special requirements. Because many people have had their subluxation (abnormal spinal position) for some time, often many years, traction and adjustment may be necessary to maintain progress once maximum correction has been achieved. You may ask the Doctor for the specifics of your case. The Cervical spine before and during traction.

 

S.M.

Dr. Munderloh is amazing, I have had shoulder problems for years, this is the only office I have gone to and actually seen results. I also love the new system that sends you reminder text messages about upcoming appointments. If you like me your have a crazy schedule and need the reminder. Over all great system and amazing staff!!

D.C.

Having visited other chiropractic offices in Flagstaff, I feel Munderloh is the superior choice. Dr. Munderloh took much interest in the origin and history of my issues and provided immediate relief on the first visit. Most chiropractors know five basic techniques for adjustment from the Palmer school but he went well beyond.
We also worked on my range of motion as I have shoulder problems. Very impressive first visit and I would recommend this office to all.


V.D.

To Dr. Stiegler and Dr. Munderloh,
I wanted to comment on the shot I was given as an alternative to Knee Replacement surgery. As you both know I was in need of a Knee replacement surgery and had already checked on having it done. Like a lot of Baby Boomers I kept putting it off hoping it would go away if I ignored the pain.Well of course that didn't happen. The pain was only getting worse and I was having trouble sleeping because my knee would lock up and I would wake up in a very painful way. I could not move my knee in any direction. It was a painful and slow process to unlock the knee so I could move. I was being treated at Munderloh Integrated Medical for a different issue and decided to ask about alternatives to knee replacements. We discussed it and I was given some information about PalinGen to read. I read it and decided that it was the way for me to go instead of the surgery. I liked the fact that recovery was a daily process as I was doing my daily activities. The only difference was not to do high impact activities for about 2 weeks. So I did the shot in the office which I thought would be painful but was not. Within a week of getting the shot I was able to sleep through the night without waking up in pain. I did feel like I had lubrication in and around the kneecap which made it easier to move. My knee was not locking up as I slept anymore so I was able to sleep through the night. This is huge for me, because waking up with a locked knee is very painful. I was also told by friends that i was not limping like I used too. My knee is improving daily and I do not have the pain I used to. I do have some aches and discomfort when I do too much during the day but I can deal with that. My knee feels better and I have noticed that I can walk up stairs without holding on now.I look forward to continual improvement in my knee and am very pleased with the progress so far. I am grateful to Dr. Stiegler and Dr. Munderloh for helping me through this process and would highly recommend the procedure as an alternative to Knee Replacement surgery. I understand it is also used on Shoulders and other parts of the body as my Dr. had the same procedure done to his shoulder.

R.M.

The staff is always friendly, and I had the best massage today! The doctors really care about each patient, and take the time to figure out what is really wrong! I highly recommend getting in here! They will take the best care of you!

P.O.

I started coming to Munderloh Integrated Medical two months ago. The staff is very caring from Trent on up. Dr. Munderloh lsitens, is caring and is gentle with his adjustments.
Dr. Stiegler came up with a plan to reduce my over-all pain. He is very professional, knowledgeable and caring. For the first time in decade's I have hope. I would recommend these guys to anyone. It takes me two hours one way to get to their office, that says plenty.

C.M.

I absolutely love this place! I always get taken care of in the best way, and the front desk staff is always friendly and helpful! It's always too long until my next appointment, it can never come soon enough because every visit tops the last.

L.B.

This place was fantastic! I came here for the first time the other day, and the staff was friendly, and talkative. The doctor really asked the right questions, and got to the root of my problem. 10 out of 10 I would totally suggest this place!

T.S.

Dr. Munderloh and his team are AMAZING!!! They made the visit VERY enjoyable. Wouldn't go to anyone else. He is kind, friendly, and most of all he knows what he is doing! Can't wait for my next visit. Thank you guys so much!!

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