The Three Arches of the Foot Are:

  • Transverse Arch
  • Lateral Longitudinal Arch
  • Medial Longitudinal Arch

A significant percentage of the population will experience a loss of one or more foot arches.

Fallen arches change the mechanical function of the foot which can lead to structural and functional changes within the foot, knee and along the spinal column.

Phases of Fallen Arches

  • Normal Foot
  • Collapsed Arch
  • Fallen Arches

When there are fallen arches present the foot collapses. The most common type of arch collapse pattern is called Pronation. Pronation can lead to altered foot, ankle, knee, pelvic and spinal function.

When the foot and ankle collapse this is felt as structural stresses on the knees. The knee stress translates into the pelvis and spine. Arch collapse can be a source of low back and neck pain as well as foot, knee and shin pain.

Foot Conditions Associated with Fallen Arches

  • Bunions
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Hammer Toes
  • Heel Spurs
  • Knee Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain

Posture and structural alignment starts from the ground up. Dr. Tereo performs an examination which includes the entire musculoskeletal system from the atlas (the top bone of the spine) to the calcaneus (foot bone).

The examination utilizes standard tests which include observation of heart rate, blood pressure, orthopedic, neurologic and chiropractic assessments.

Additionally performed is a digital weight bearing laser scan of the arches of the feet; a Surface Electro Myogram which graphs muscular stress levels which can be associated with misalignment of spinal segments and/or arch collapse along with other clinically significant tests.

These fully customized orthotics are constructed by trained technicians based on Dr. Tereo’s examination and the digital laser foot scan to support your individual arch pattern.

The orthotics support the plantar vault (arches of the foot) and optimize the body by:

  • Giving strength to support the weight of the entire body.
  • Permitting flexibility to accommodate changes in terrain.
  • Providing momentum for movement.

The foot examination is part of a new patient examination and fee during a chiropractic office visit.

Call (510) 795-2700 to schedule.