WHAT ARE FOOT ORTHOTICS?
Foot orthotics are orthopedic devices that fit into your shoes to help correct faulty mechanics within the foot during standing walking and running. If the foot is moving incorrectly, this puts stress in the joints and muscles of the foot as well as up through the other weight-bearing joints of the body such as the knees, hips, pelvis and spine. Supporting and balancing the foot with dynamic, custom, functional foot orthotics is part of an overall treatment plan designed to address recurring injuries, muscle/joint imbalance, and/or chronic conditions that are unlikely to respond to standard treatment protocols. So, if other treatments, exercise, injections, even surgery has not resolved your suffering, then I may be able to help enhance your healing process.
There are orthotics for casual wear, dress wear, various work environments, most sports, and even for kids. The best orthotic for you is the one you will wear most of the time, which means that it must fit in the shoes you wear most of the time. For most men and some women, one pair will be sufficient, and will simply be transferred from shoe to shoe.
In some cases, you will want more than one pair to be able to have orthotics under your feet most of the time. For many women, and some men, the dress leather shoes that are worn for work fit very tightly against the foot and therefore require a ‘Dressflex or Fashionflex’ orthotic. However, this would not be sufficient for sport or environments where you were on your feet for long periods of time. So, there are some considerations when choosing which orthotics will work best for you. The practitioner will discuss these things with you before your decide what you want to do.
If you decide to purchase custom orthotic devices, the details of your clinical examination and GaitScan data are sent to the laboratory in Canada. They are then manufactured to your custom specification for your needs, and are then posted back to us. This process takes about 21 days.