By: Nima Rajan
Orthotics are orthopaedic devices that are designed to treat, adjust, and support various foot disorders. Some orthotics are simple, commercially made devices, such as cushioned heel cups or insoles for shoes that are sold over the counter in retail establishments.
However, custom orthotics that are designed to meet the specific needs of a particular individual are much more effective. Custom orthotics are created using an impression of the foot called a cast, which duplicates the foot structure. Using the cast and computer technology, technicians in an orthotic laboratory design a device that balances out deformities and corrects misalignments.
The finished orthotic is placed in the patient’s shoe to support the foot and eliminate abnormal foot biomechanics by keeping the foot properly aligned.
Almost anyone, from children to adults, can benefit from orthotics. Orthotics can alleviate many common foot problems that cause pain and discomfort in otherwise healthy people. There are several common symptoms that may indicate misalignment of the feet. These signs and symptoms include the following:
- Abnormal shoe wear (e.g., one side of the sole of the shoe wears out faster than the other)
- Chronic heel (e.g., plantar fasciitis), knee, or low back pain
- Frequent ankle sprains
- Gait abnormalities (e.g., feet point inward or excessively outward during walking)
- Shin pain (e.g., shin splints)
- For Diabetes patients.
Our Clinic offers a wide range of orthotics solution for your foot problems. We have an expert team who can help you prevent foot-related problems and make your life more active. To book an appointment give us a call at 905-488-1223.