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  • Writer's pictureDr. McHardy

What Do I Need to Know about Custom Orthotics?

A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like insoles but are medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance.

Inserts that you buy in stores without a prescription can provide cushioning and support. They may be made of materials like gel, plastic, or foam. Inserts fit into your shoes. But they're not custom-made for your feet. They can provide arch support or extra cushioning on the heel, around the toes, or for your entire foot. Inserts might make your shoes more comfortable but aren't designed to correct foot problems.

Custom Orthotics are different.

They are prescription medical devices that you wear inside your shoes to correct biomechanical foot issues such as problems with how you walk, stand, or run. They can also help with foot pain caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and arthritis. Orthotics might even help you avoid surgery to fix flat feet.

What Your Chiropodist Will Check

During an appointment, your chiropodist will take 3D images of each foot and do a thorough examination. That might include watching you walk and noting how your feet, ankles, legs, and hips move.

If you need orthotics, your chiropodist will make a precise mold of your feet. This is important to get the right fit. Once the mold is ready, a professional will turn it into rigid or soft orthotics.

You can also get special orthotics designed for sporting equipment such as ski boots and ice skates.

If you are concerned about whether you need a custom orthotic it is best to consult with a Chiropodist and Stoney Creek Orthotics/Parkway Back & Foot Clinic can help.

Danielle Willis, Chiropodist, is available to answer your questions so you can make the right decision for your feet and overall wellness.


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