Hawker Chiropractic is Australia’s Leading clinic for Footlevelers Custom-made Orthotics.
Dr Eva McQueen is the inaugural winner of the Footlevelers Dr Monty Greenawalt Award for Clinical Excellence to be given to a practitioner outside of the USA! Having been introduced to the system in 2005, Dr McQueen was recognised for her excellence in 2007 and continues to utilise Footlevelers custom-made orthotics with her patients every day as well as educate practitioners around Australia and New Zealand on their effectiveness in whole body wellness.
Footlevelers turn 65 this year with their founder – Dr Monty Greenawalt DC – recognising the need to have the foundation of the body, the feet, fully functioning and supported if his work as a chiropractor was to have any long-term effect. He worked closely in his early days of practice with a podiatrist to better understand the impact of foot function in long-term structural issues he was seeing in his patients. If we understand that each foot and ankle complex contains 26 bones – that’s 52 between the left and right feet and ankles – and that the adult human skeleton contains 206 bones in total, it begins to become clear how important the function of the feet and ankle complexes are (25% of our bones). So if something goes wrong in either of the feet or ankles 25% of our bones are directly affected, BUT as the feet are our foundation, we also find that this directly affects the knees and hips – because their alignment has changed – and also the entire body as it teeters above our legs.
The feet are the foundation of our whole body structure!
Would you build a house on uneven or wonky foundations?? If you did what would happen to the walls and roof of the house over time??
This is precisely what happens to the entire skeletal structure when there is an imbalance in the feet and ankles – the knees rotate in or out, the hips follow suit, the pelvis (foundation of the entire spine) tilts left or right and forwards or backwards which unlevels the whole spine.
This torsion/tension in the pelvis leads to scoliosis of the spine, unlevelling of the shoulders with rotation of the shoulder joints as well as the shoulder blades and their muscles and usually a tilt of the head on the neck. So the foot bone really is connected to the head bone!!
Dysfunction in the feet can lead directly to foot pain, plantar fascitis, heel pain, pain under the ball of the foot, achilles and calf pain, knee swelling/inflammation, pain and ultimately knee injuries such as ligamentous strains or tears, cartilage/meniscal wearing or tears and patella tracking problems. Foot dysfunction can lead to hip alignment problems which could cause an early onset of osteoarthritis leading to hip replacement.
Due to the unlevelling effect on the pelvis that foot problems can cause, any abnormal spinal alignment pattern can be caused from the feet. This is why when patients come to our clinic complaining of headaches or upper back problems, we start our examination from the feet or “the ground up”.
12 years ago we realised the importance of how our body interacts with the surfaces we contact when standing, and the impact this has on us as we move through our daily life habits.
We have assisted thousands of patients gain back control of their lives by assisting them with structural support as well as chiropractic adjustments to correct the foot, knee, hip and spine dysfunctions that occur due to a change in the alignment and function of the feet and ankles.
Footlevelers are covered by most major private health funds/private health insurers for one pair of custom-made orthotics each year.