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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.
Are your feet acting up again? Perhaps you’re wondering if you need a fresh pair of inserts or to further cut back on activities that hurt your feet. These might help. But depending on your specific symptoms, you might benefit more from an orthotic device instead.
To be certain, you can consult with one of our podiatrists here at The Podiatry Associates in our Mississauga, Brantford, or Whitby ON office for a professional evaluation. Until your appointment, here’s a primer on orthotics.
What are Orthotics and How Do They Work?
For some people, OTC shoe inserts can work well to relieve their aching feet. For others, however, they might need orthotics. These are prescription medical appliances that are worn inside the shoes to fix biomechanical foot problems, including issues with how a person runs, stands, or walks.
Orthotics can likewise aid in treating foot pain due to conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, bursitis, and plantar fasciitis. Additionally, the right orthotic device can significantly delay or get rid of the need for surgical intervention for conditions like flat feet.
Different Kinds of Orthotic Devices
Accommodative orthotic appliances or soft orthotics are crafted from soft materials made for compression. They work by giving cushioning to remove pressure off achy or uncomfortable areas from problems like foot ulcers from diabetes or plantar fasciitis. These are inherently bulky so you may have to wear them with prescription shoes.
Functional orthotic devices or rigid orthotics are created from harder materials such as carbon fiber or durable plastic. They’re specifically developed for alleviating pain and strains in the lower back, thighs, ankles, and legs. This type of orthotic is best for dress shoes or closed footwear with low heels.
What Kind of Orthotic Should I Use?
This question is best answered by your podiatrist in our Mississauga, Brantford, or Whitby ON location. During your consultation, your feet will be inspected thoroughly and 3D images of them will be taken. If your podiatrist determines that you require orthotics, a mold of your affected foot/feet will be taken to ensure an accurate fit.
The mold will then be sent to a professional who’ll fabricate the soft or rigid orthotic device for you. Make sure to go to follow-up visits with your podiatrist to help make certain that your orthotic device is working for you.
For More Details or Questions on Orthotics, Speak to Us
You can schedule an assessment with one of our podiatrists here at The Podiatry Associates by dialing (905) 433-0200 to reach our Whitby ON office, (905) 568-3800 to reach our Mississauga ON office, or (519) 751-2900 to reach our Brantford ON office.
- Foot pain
- Pain in the arch or heel
- Flat feet
- Foot deformities
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.
Foot deformities and other chronic podiatric conditions can cause considerable pain and dysfunction for patients. Fortunately, here at Podiatry Associates in Mississauga, East Toronto, Whitby, and Brantford, ON, surgery and lengthy recovery are not the norm. Our foot specialists offer a number of treatments to address podiatric issues, including the use of customized orthotics to improve function, ease pain, and accommodate deformities. Could orthotics help you?
What is an orthotic?
Orthotics are custom-fabricated shoe inserts that are available from the podiatrists here at our offices in Mississauga, East Toronto, Whitby, and Brantford. Designed to cushion, protect, and balance your feet, orthotics present a wonderful alternative to more invasive interventions, such as surgery. Made according to your specific diagnosis, lifestyle, and foot structure, orthotics fit inside your shoes to deliver comfort and stability.
What kinds of orthotics are there?
Of course, we've all seen shoe inserts and insoles sold at the local pharmacy or supermarket. Sometimes termed "kiosk-generated products," these inserts provide limited benefits, especially when it comes to more specific concerns, such as bunions. Consequently, most podiatric issues are much better addressed through the high-quality materials, expert design, and individualized manufacturing process involved with orthotics.
In general, orthotics are either accommodative or functional. Accommodative orthotics are made of softer materials to cushion, support, and protect feet that are marred with ulcerations, corns, calluses, and deformities (either acquired or congenital). Functional orthotics, on the other hand, typically provide more support for athletes and people who spend a significant amount of time on their feet.
What conditions do orthotics treat?
Orthotics are an exceptionally versatile treatment. Conditions they can improve include:
- Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs
- Corns and calluses
- Diabetic ulcers
- Gait imbalances, such as overpronation
- Charcot foot
- Flat feet, or fallen arches
- High arches
- Shin splints
- Lower back pain
- Knee pain
- Hallux rigidus, or stiff big toe
- Limb deformities
- Uneven foot or limb length
Do you qualify for custom-made orthotics?
To qualify you for treatment, your podiatrist will do a complete foot and ankle examination and some imaging (X-rays or another kind). Also, they may perform a video or computer gait analysis to determine precisely how you place your feet on the ground and whether your weight and pressure are evenly distributed. Proper balance often alleviates many foot and ankle problems, including chronic pain.
Custom-molding of your orthotics follows. Your inserts will be made for your feet and your feet alone, much like eyeglass lenses are fabricated according to your specific prescription.
Learn more about orthotics
Call one of four offices (Mississauga, East Toronto, Whitby, and Brantford) to schedule a consultation with one of our podiatrists: Contact us by calling (905) 568-3800 for the Mississauga office, (416) 694-4166 for the East Toronto office, (905) 433-0200 for the Whitby office, or (519) 751-2900 for the Brantford office.