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Are you wondering whether prescription orthotics could alleviate your foot problems?
Custom orthotics are specialized shoe inserts that can benefit most people, no matter their lifestyle, age, or level of activity. Our Mississauga, ON, podiatrists and chiropodists can create custom-fitted shoe inserts to cater to your specific conditions, injuries, and issues. Have questions about orthotics? We answer some of your most frequently asked questions about these corrective devices.
What do orthotics do?
Orthotics are special, customized insoles that help to realign the foot and ankle and correct imbalances within the feet. Just like glasses help to correct your vision, orthotics do the same for your feet. They help to facilitate better gait (the way in which you walk) by realigning parts of the feet to improve motion and to prevent foot problems. They can also be used to correct and address current foot and ankle problems you are having.
Who needs custom orthotics?
While most people don’t have perfectly aligned feet some people’s problems are so minor that they may never experience issues. Often times, poor foot mechanics can and will affect the health and function of your feet at some point, though; therefore, many people can benefit from custom orthotics and you may want to turn to our Mississauga, ON, foot doctors for an orthotics consultation if you are dealing with:
- Bunions and hammertoes (common foot deformities)
- Chronic heel pain (plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendon problems)
- Foot pain
- Arch pain
- Leg, knee, hip, or back pain
- Diabetic feet
- Shin splints
Orthotics can be a simple but effective solution for treating a wide range of painful foot problems that could be limiting your mobility and affecting your quality of life. Orthotics are safe and effective for all ages, even children.
Can I just use over-the-counter orthotics?
While you may be wondering whether you can just grab a pair of orthotics from your local drugstore and reap the same benefits, unfortunately this isn’t the case. This would be the equivalent of giving everyone the same exact eyeglasses and expecting everyone to see perfectly. This one-size-fits-all approach to orthotics won’t address your specific problems and biomechanics, which means that not only will it not provide you with the exact support and cushioning your feet need but they could actually cause more harm than good in the long run.
Custom orthotics are made by our team of expert podiatrists and chiropodists so you know that you’re getting shoe inserts that are specifically made to handle your needs, whether it’s joint pain caused by arthritis, lower back pain, or knee pain.
The Podiatry Associates provides full-service foot and ankle care to those living in and around East Toronto, Whitby, Mississauga, and Brantford, ON. If you have questions about custom orthotics call us today at (416) 694-4166 for our East Toronto location, (905) 433-0200 for our Whitby office, (905) 568-3800 for our Mississauga office, or (519) 751-2900 for our Brantford location.
Do you fondly remember the days when you could walk without pain? When you have a bunion, many things you used to take for granted become much more difficult. The podiatrists at Podiatry Associates in Whitby, Mississauga, Brantford, and Toronto, ON, offer treatments that can help ease your bunion pain.
What can I do at home to relieve my pain?
Making a few lifestyle changes may help reduce your pain and slow the progression of your bunions. If you've continued to wear tight shoes or high heels despite your bunions, it's time for a shopping excursion. Look for well-padded shoes that offer ample room in the toe box area.
Adhesive pads cushion your aching foot, reducing pressure and friction from your shoes. Apply them to your bunion and also to your toes if your big toe overlaps your second and third toes.
It may also be necessary to make a few changes to your usual routine. Although exercise is an important part of good health, you may need to temporarily alter your usual routine. Avoiding activities that involve running, walking or jumping is a simple way to decrease pain. You may also be more comfortable if you limit the amount of time you spend standing or walking during the day.
How can my Whitby, Mississauga, Brantford, and Toronto, ON, foot doctor help me?
Your podiatrist can offer treatments and devices that can decrease your pain, including corticosteroid shots, night splints and orthotics. Night splints help realign your foot while you sleep, while orthotics do the same thing when you wear shoes. Orthotics are custom-created for you by your foot doctor to address your unique foot issues. If your bunion interferes with your life or causes severe pain, surgery may be the best option. During surgery, your foo doctor removes the bump, realigns the bone, removes excess tissue, and repairs tendons and ligaments, if necessary.
Find real relief for your bunion pain with a visit to the podiatrists at Podiatry Associates. Schedule an appointment by calling (416) 694-4166 for the Toronto, ON, office, (905) 433-0200 for the Whitby office, (905) 568-3800 for the Mississauga office, or (519) 751-2900 for the Brantford office.
Unbelievable but the month of May is almost upon us. With that comes the beginning of Foot Health month here in Ontario and many other areas across the globe. Our intention this year is to focus on the over used adage that these feet of ours must last us a life time. Like so many other important parts of our physical structure they our integral to our well being. Our ability to walk however is vital in so many ways, our independence, locomotion, cardiovascular health, social involvement and even mental health.
The health of our feet and legs can be the cornerstone to general systemic health and often times a primary indicator of malfunction of the same system.
So forgive this once yearly reminder that our there on the periphery our bodily solar system are those often forgotten feet. When they signal danger or distress seek us out, the payoff might be greater and longer reaching than you can imagine.
We at the Podiatry Associates will be launching our foot health month next Tuesday April 30th on Rogers Television with a conversation with host Ted Lehman on the subject.
Every day we are fortunate enough to make a difference in someones life, here was todays opertunity.
He is 79 years old, lives alone and stepped on a shard of broken glass in his kitchen barefoot and sustained a cut. That was 10.5 Weeks ago, since then he has been in "crippling pain", his words and he normally complains about nothing".
Went to his physician two days later, Xrays taken, refered to emergency. Admitted from emergency for pain, IV antibiotic and oral pain killers given, stayed 5 days. Two attempts were made to probe the cut. Eventually discharged with referal to general surgeon, refered to plastic, refered to orthopedics. Still waiting to hear which orthopedist he will be referred to and when. Has recieved a further course of oral anibiotics, been prescribed an Aircast boot, but it hurt his lower leg tomuch to wear it.
Barely able to move around his appartment, thankful for slippers and deep carpet. Finally thought he would call our office to see if he needed a referal, that was at 9:30AM this morning. After 20 minutes in our office i was delighted to present him with the shard of glass he knew was in his foot all along.
Sorry the picture below isnt in focus but gives some idea of size and it was located immediately under his right big toe joint.
His Joy nearly match mine, so glad I do what I do, i guess my christmas came early.