Do you have a stubborn foot or ankle problem, such as plantar fasciitis? At The Podiatry Associates in Mississauga, ON, and the Toronto area, our foot doctors often prescribe custom-made shoe inserts called orthotics. Providing protection, support, and/or biomechanical correction, orthotics from Dr. Barry Noble, Dr. Mark Bradley, Dr. Marilyn Bradley, and Dr. William Jacob truly work wonders.
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are prescription shoe insoles that alleviate foot pain, correct problems with gait, accommodate structural deformities or ulcers, and more. Used by many patients at The Podiatry Associates in Mississauga, including athletes, diabetics, people with arthritis, and more, orthotics are a non-invasive, non-surgical way to happy, functional feet and ankles.
Prescribing orthotics in Mississauga
The first step is an in-office exam and review of your medical history. Your foot doctor will ask about your symptoms and activities which relieve or aggravate them.
Then, he or she may do digital X-rays and a video or F-scan gait analysis, state of the art diagnostic tests which examine how you place your feet when you walk. Abnormalities, such as overpronation, are recorded, as well as areas of undue pressure, sliding, or limb abnormalities, such as uneven leg length.
If orthotics are your best option, the foot doctor will take a mold of your feet and choose the material appropriate for your problem. Materials may be soft, rigid, or semi-rigid, depending on your specific need.
Healthline cites many conditions that improve with custom-made orthotics:
- Ankle instability
- Flat arches
- High arches
- Plantar fasciitis
- Back, hip, and knee pain
Patients find they can avoid more complex treatments, such as surgery, through these simple, yet effective, shoe inserts. People feel better, remain mobile, enjoy their favorite sports, and do their daily activities with greater comfort and efficiency.
Should you choose orthotics?
Why not see Dr. Mark Bradley, Dr. Marilyn Bradley, Dr. Barry Noble, or Dr. William Jacob for a comprehensive evaluation at The Podiatry Associates in the Toronto area? We have three locations for your convenience. For Mississauga, call (905) 568-3800. For Brantford, phone (519) 751-2900, and in Whitby, reach us at (905) 433-0200.