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By Podiatry Associates
October 22, 2018
Category: orthotic devices
Tags: orthotics  

Could orthotics improve your sore, tired feet?

Chances are good that you’ve seen shoe inserts before. These foot-shaped products are designed to fit inside your shoe and offer supportorthotics while also improving any preexisting foot conditions you might have. Wondering if orthotics could be right for you? From the office of our Whitby, Mississauga, Brantford, and Toronto, ON, podiatrists, find out what orthotics could do for your foot health.

As you might imagine, orthotics come in many different shapes, styles and sizes to accommodate a host of foot shapes and issues. We have orthotics that can alter and improve how the foot functions, we have orthotics that are protective and supportive and those that do a little bit of both. During your evaluation, our Toronto, ON, foot doctors will examine your feet and discuss the symptoms and issues you are having to determine which type of orthotic is right for you.

Could I benefit from orthotics?

There are many ways in which orthotics can improve your foot health. They can be used to:

  • Support the arches or raise arches
  • Realign the foot’s structure to improve function
  • Redistribute the weight more evenly
  • Relieve pain and sensitivity in certain areas of the foot
  • Improve shock absorption

As you might imagine, mechanical problems in the feet can lead to everything from heel and arch pain to hip and back problems. In fact, while a lot of people may not realize it, their lower back pain could be due to a biomechanical dysfunction in the feet. Fortunately, custom orthotics can improve the health and function of your feet to prevent or even alleviate these issues.

You could benefit from custom orthotics if you are dealing with:

  • Overpronation
  • Flat feet
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Runner’s knee
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

…And the list continues. If you are dealing with any of the issues above, or if you just feel like your feet might need a little more support and cushioning throughout the day then you can always turn to us to find out if orthotics could improve the health and function of your feet on a day-to-day basis.

No matter whether you are dealing with flat feet, rheumatoid arthritis or sore runner’s feet, custom orthotics might be able to help you. Turn to the experts at Podiatry Associates, who are proud to serve the Mississauga, East Toronto, Whitby and Brantford, ON, areas. Call us today.

By markbradley@podiatryassociates.ca
August 27, 2013
Category: orthotic devices

Here is a really interesting piece on new developments in the foot medicine field.Unfortunatly due to cost this particular technology will likely only be available in research institutions. 
The technology combines the unique capabilities of 2D xrays with 3D imagining. It unfortunately does not allow for the image to be delivered in a dynamic mode. That`s to say we cannot see inside the foot while someone is walking.
In our clinical practice we try to achieve the greatest level of diagnosis and understanding utilizing 2D X-rays and dynamic H-definition video gait analysis using our Pedigait technology. 
Hopefully further research utilizing this new system will continue to expand our knowledge and diagnostic capability for those of us in clinical situations.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/08/27/3-d-scan-reveals-foot-damage-by-high-heels/

By markbradley@podiatryassociates.ca
November 22, 2012
Category: orthotic devices

For the last several years Marilyn and myself have been fortunate enough to be invited by Dr. Chris MacClean and Paris Orthotics to join them for their annual educational seminar hosted here in Oakville, Ontario.  Last night was one such event and as per usual Chris gave his enlightening and thought provoking perspective as a expert in human biomechanics and research.  Sometimes as clinical specialists, it is hard to step back and examine what we do in the same purely scientific method that such experts are forced to do. Their observations are vital to enable us to fine tune what we do in the clinical setting and how we can best direct our custom orthotic manufacturer to enhance the benefit to our patients.

We are fortunate enough to have a group practice where regularly we can consult with each other in complicated and challanging cases.  For those without such a luxury it is vital to have have a partnership with an orthotic laboratory that has on staff,  individuals like Dr. MacClean who can act as that necessary source of council.

Once again my thanks to Paris Orthotics and to Dr.  MacClean, and congratulations for having the vision and desire to bring presentations like this to us practitioners in the comunity.

                                                                     

By markbradley@podiatryassociates.ca
August 28, 2012
Category: orthotic devices

 

Back at the end of June we finally had chance to do a show on Plantar Fasciitis with Inside Brant host Ted Lehman. Interestingly he was not only the host but the subject of the show, or rather his feet were. In this episode get to review his physical exam, X-rays, video gait analysis and demonstrate the functional instability that caused his chronic heel pain. We also review his treatment plan of good structural foot wear, combined with custom functional orthotic devices. The most important point of all this is that he clearly understands the source of his problem and as a result is an active participant in healing himself. No pun intended Ted!!.

                                                                           

By markbradley@podiatryassociates.ca
August 16, 2012
Category: orthotic devices

 

Its been a really long and terrific Spring and Summer here in southern Ontario, and over the course of that time we have dispensed quite a few custom orthotic sandals to patients who had previously been wearing our orthotic devices in their shoes. All along we had stressed that functionally these would NOT be!, NORE were they intended to be! substitutes for their existing control combination of custom orthotic and enclosed stable footwear. OK perhaps we went overboard a bit, but we were keen that our patients understood our desires for them to have the best possible control, as much of the time as they were physically active.

Anyway we were getting great feed back on follow up checks on these orthotic devices/sandals. Not just how neat they were, or how cool they looked, but actual complements on how good their feet felt and how long they were wearing them. One of the most frequent observations was that patients were looking forward to using them in place of indoor shoes or slippers during the cooler months, Not that those will ever return.

In light of this we decided to use our pedigait technology to investigate what if anything these devices would do to for individuals who due to structural misalignments are forced to pronate heavily during locomotion. The following video demonstrates the overwhelming results very clearly. My apologies for the editing of the commentary and the hand held video of the pedigait software comparing the two synchronized images. In real time it is so clear and compelling i had to try and at least capture it. Promise i will try and do similar comparisons in future presentations with greater clarity.