What are Custom made Orthotics?
A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position and made from an image of each foot with specific added corrections. They look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. They reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment.
A wide range of materials is used in custom made orthotics, from leather and cork to high-tech viscoelastic materials, polypropylene and rigid plastics. The orthotics can be further customized to fit in specific shoes, including dress shoes, loafers, flats, high heels, sport shoes, and boots.
The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle. Custom orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole – and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.
Orthotic devices may be recommended for several reasons, including:
- aligning and supporting the foot or ankle
- preventing, correcting or accommodating foot deformities
- improving the overall function of the foot or ankle
Who Needs Custom Orthotics:
- If you participate in any activity that places stress on your feet.
- If you have an obvious imbalance that causes such symptoms as flat or high arched feet.
- If you have external malalignments such as bow knees, knock knees, pigeon-toes, or “duck feet.”
- If you’ve already developed chronic foot problems, ranging from corns and calluses to arch pain and heel spur pain.
- If your job requires being on your feet for extended periods of time.
What causes foot problems?
The primary cause of foot problems and related conditions is skeletal imbalance. Most people have some degree of hyperpronation (flat feet) or hypersupination (high arches). These structural imperfections cause a certain amount of instability during foot function, subjecting the foot to excessive stress and strain that can eventually cause pain and deformities. The greater the imbalance, the earlier these symptoms will become evident a greater their intensity. Orthotics compensate for the inherent imbalances in the foot, improving function and relieving or preventing the appearance of such symptoms.
Do orthotics have any effect on my posture?
Yes. Imbalances in your feet can distort the skeletal architecture of your entire body. While orthotic foot supports will not make a marked improvement in everyone’s posture, they may eliminate posture problems caused by your feet.
Can foot imbalances cause leg, knee, hip, and back pain- and can orthotics help?
Yes. Poor skeletal structure in the feet puts stress on the entire skeletal system and reduces shock absorption. That’s why you will hear people say, “When my feet hurt, I hurt all over.” Orthotics, by improving foot function, can relieve stress in the ankles, legs, knees, hips, and back.
The Orthotic Group
Our custom made orthotics are made in Canada and are fabricated by Canada’s largest orthotic laboratory, The Orthotic Group. The Orthotic group offers many different styles of orthotics to meet your everyday needs. Please visit their website for more information on the types of orthotics available.