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  • Writer's pictureDr. McHardy

Common Questions about Custom Orthotics

Custom foot orthotics are corrective insoles for your feet. They help correct biomechanical variances in your gait, such as over-pronation to alleviate pain or discomfort in the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and lower back.

Can everyone benefit from them?

Not everyone will need or benefit from orthotics if they have good balanced feet and a good pair of shoes. Others may need extra support to keep them injury-free and active.

Do I need to wear them all the time?

It really depends on the severity of the condition. It is recommended to wear orthotics during activities of longer duration or that have a heavy impact on your feet.

Do I need to wear them for the rest of my life?

It is rare that clients can stop wearing their orthotics. Once the bones in the feet have matured, how the joins move in relation to each other determines how your foot functions. If your feet and body are benefiting from orthotics why would you not want to wear them all the time?

Is there anything I can do to "fix" my feet?

With the guidance of a physiotherapist or chiropractor, certain exercises and manipulations can help increase mobility in the feet. A consultation with a Chiropodist would be able to determine the cause and effect of your foot concerns.

How long do they last?

The use and activity level will greatly determine the lifespan of your orthotics. Typically, clients will replace their orthotics every 3-4 years; however, having a pair for each type of shoe will prolong the life of each pair.

Does my extended benefit plan include orthotics?

Most extended medical plans do have custom foot orthotic coverage. Depending on the options of the plan, your orthotics may be partially or fully covered under your benefits.

We advise that you contact your insurance carrier for more details.

Conditions that may benefit from Custom Orthotics:

· Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

· Hip/Knee Osteoarthritis

· Arch Pain

· Lateral Ankle Instability

Parkway Back and Foot Clinic can answer your questions further and make suggestions suitable for your specific needs.


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