Important Considerations for Orthotics

Dr. Michael S. Greene, Lee’s Summit Chiropractor, recently attended a seminar which included instruction on postural abnormalities and Bone Marrow Edema (BME). BME is often found in athletes related to activities and the elderly related to arthritis. It is often a precursor of stress fracture in the athlete and can be caused by trauma, extreme exercise and abnormal motion. A recent study done at Logan University in St. Louis, demonstrated that postural imbalances can be instrumental in creating abnormal pressure on the bone and produce BME. Bone marrow edema can be a symptom of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other pain syndromes. Oftentimes, the cause of BME can be a problem in the foot and ankle joints that change mechanics in your body. One possible treatment for athletes and the elderly is a simple orthotic.
Orthotics support and encourage normal movement and range of motion in the stride. As the stride transfers weight and energy from foot to foot, the body transfers the energy up the leg and into the pelvis, and even into the spine. When there is an abnormality in the normal stride, there is pressure on the joints and bones that can create BME. Eliminating the abnormal pressure will allow the bone marrow edema to resolve and heal. Dr. Greene is offering a complementary exam to determine if you may need orthotics. He may be contacted at his office at 816-246-4884 or dr.mgreene@sbcglobal.net.

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