Custom Foot Orthotics
A custom-made orthotic is a prescribed corrective removable device that is placed in the shoes to hold the foot in its proper position to optimize joint, muscle, and ligament function. This allows the foot and lower leg to move more efficiently, therefore eliminating foot and lower leg pain and pathology (ex. plantar fasciitis, heel spur, bunions, hammertoes, callous, arthritis, shin splints, runner’s knee, back pain, etc.)
Custom orthotics are made from plaster or 3D casts of your feet, after a biomechanical examination, stance and gait analysis by a chiropodist.
Are Orthotics Right For Me?
Orthotics help many foot conditions. They are designed to control the instability of your feet and promote proper function and alignment. Research shows that custom orthotics can also make you run faster, increase performance, endurance and event overall strength. Studies also show that overweight individuals have extreme benefits from wearing orthotics, as it decreases stress applied to the ligaments of the feet.
Orthotics are custom made for your individual needs, and different materials (soft & hard), styles, shapes, and corrections have different uses (examples include sports, walking, offloading wounds, etc.)
Chiropodists/podiatrists have the highest level of standards of practice to ensure that the public receives legitimate prescription custom foot orthoses. Chiropodists/podiatrists are the only professionals in Ontario specifically licensed to prescribe custom orthotics.
We like to not only assist you at our clinics but also educate you. Please do your research before seeking orthotics from a different health care provider – if you are hoping for the best results and insurance reimbursement, a proper prescription from a Chiropodist/podiatrist is necessary.
Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic has an onsite custom orthotic lab and can perform adjustments in-house as required to ensure you have what you need to stop foot pain and be on your way to healthy living.
Patient Education (FAQ)
What is an Orthotic?
An orthotic (aka custom shoe insole or insert) is a custom molded device used to treat conditions of the foot, ankle, knee, hip, and back. Many problems such as heel pain, knee pain, and back pain arise from poor foot mechanics. An orthotic is designed to support, align, prevent, deflect, or correct deformity to improve and restore the function of the body. A full biomechanical assessment and gait analysis will determine if you would benefit from orthotic therapy. At Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic, we provide you with a thorough biomechanical assessment, gait analysis, 3D mold/casting methods approved by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario, and advice on wearing your orthotics. Our chiropodists have a background in athletics and sports medicine, and therefore have a special interest in using orthotics to optimize performance and prevent injury. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
How Do Orthotics Work?
Orthotics are custom-designed (soft or hard) to realign the bones in your feet/ankle. This will promote better shock absorption and force transfer from your toes up to your neck to alleviate pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and spine, as well as to restore balance, improve sports performance, prevent or alleviate arthritis, and relieve foot fatigue at the end of the day. They are designed to work hard for you, and we provide a lifetime guarantee of the integrity of the shell material.
Commonly, our patients opt to use two pairs of orthotics to cover daily needs. Full-length, custom-made orthotic devices are to be inserted inside your walking shoes, running shoes, golf shoes, hockey skates, ski boots, hiking boots or sandals in replacement of the removable insole. Thinner, half-length, custom-made orthotics are also designed to fit into tight dress shoes, soccer cleats, etc.
According to research findings and x-ray imaging, foot orthotics improve the overall alignment of the weight-bearing bones and joints within your feet and ankles, straightening up your legs, knees, hips and back.
At Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic, we want your orthotics to fit perfectly. That’s why they are custom-made! If you are experiencing any concerns with your orthotics in certain footwear, sometimes adjustments are needed. Please call the clinic and we will work with you to ensure a perfect fit and symptom resolution.
How Are Orthotics Made?
Your orthotics will be made on-site!
Custom foot orthotics are prescribed medical device that is placed inside a shoe to promote optimal foot function. Depending on your needs, orthotics can be made for walking/running shoes, workboots, skates/cleats, abnormal foot shape, and offload painful callus or wounds.
A complete weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing assessment, including gait analysis to evaluate your walking pattern, will be performed in the clinic to assess your suitability for orthotics. Abnormalities will be brought to your attention and treatment plans discussed.
Then, a 3D mold of your feet will be created to obtain a custom arch profile (cast from plaster or 3D scanned). The foot is held in subtalar joint neutral to ensure equal alignment of anatomy/joints. Varying orthotic materials will then be used to fabricate your custom orthotics.
Manufacturing and modifications to your orthotics can be performed in-house or in the laboratory.
Can a Chiropodist Prescribe and Dispense my Custom Foot Orthotics?
Yes, Chiropodists/Podiatrists are the only regulated foot specialists whose statutory scope of practice specifically outlines the use of Custom Foot Orthotics for the treatment and prevention of diseases/disorders/dysfunction of the foot.
It is always important to research who may be offering you Custom Foot Orthotics. A red flag is when the practitioner requests a medical prescription from your Doctor or another Chiropodist/Podiatrist prior to dispensing the device or to get insurance reimbursement.
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What do Orthotics do?
Custom Foot Orthotics are designed to realign the musculoskeletal system to promote neutral positioning and gait.
How do you know if you need orthotics?
People with pain, instability, balance issues, athletes, and health conditions should have a biomechanical assessment with gait analysis done to determine if orthotics will benefit you.
What is an Orthotic device?
An orthotic comes in many different shapes, styles, and levels of strength all tailored to specific foot types and needs.