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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.
How orthotics from your podiatrists in Mississauga, Ontario, can help you and your feet
Do your feet hurt? This foot pain could be caused by an inordinate amount of stress created by the way you walk. The podiatrists here at Podiatry Associates in Mississauga, ON, can analyze the way you walk to determine what is causing your foot pain and then recommend a custom-made orthotic to help relieve your foot pain. We have several convenient office locations in Mississauga, East Toronto, Whitby, and Brantford, Ontario to help you and your feet—read on to learn more!
How We Diagnose The Problem
The podiatrists here at Podiatry Associates offer video gait analysis, a state-of-the-art way to view how you walk. Through video, your biomechanics are examined to see how walking motion is affecting your feet. Video gait analysis benefits podiatrists by providing a tool for better diagnosis. It also benefits you because you can actually see how you walk and how that motion might be impacting your feet.
Computer gait evaluation is another high-tech tool to assess current and future foot problems. Force and time are measured while you are standing or walking. Force can be measured with or without custom orthotics to determine whether the orthotic is of full benefit to reduce foot stress.
Video gait analysis and computer gait evaluation are combined with a comprehensive clinical examination to provide you with the best orthotic to help correct your walk and relieve foot pain.
How We Can Help
The podiatrists at Podiatry Associates offer a full range of custom-made orthotics to help relieve the stress on your feet.
Your podiatrists may recommend soft orthotics, which are shock absorbing, help with balance, and take pressure off of your feet. They are an excellent choice to bring relief to arthritic or diabetic feet.
Semi-rigid orthotics are another choice, combining both soft and rigid materials. They are a great option for treating some foot issues in children, and for people who play sports.
Rigid orthotics are used to relieve strained tendons, muscle aches, and leg pain because they limit the motion of foot joints. They can be worn to reduce stress when walking or for added foot support.
Give Us a Call!
You can get relief from foot pain, and it all starts with how you walk! Computer and video gait analysis, combined with custom-made orthotics, can help you get back on your feet without pain. For more information about gait analysis, orthotics, and other foot care services, call Podiatry Associates, with offices in Mississauga, East Toronto, Whitby, and Brantford, Ontario. Call now!