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Find out how wearing custom-made shoe inserts could help with painful, achy feet.
Heel pain is one of the most common issues that adults face. If you are an athlete or runner you may find yourself dealing with heel pain more than you would like to admit. Here at The Podiatry Associates in East Toronto, Whitby, Mississauga and Brantford, Ontario, our team of podiatrists and chiropodists can provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan to tackle heel pain caused by heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and everything in between. Find out more about custom orthotics and how they could alleviate your heel pain.
What are custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are specially crafted devices that are placed within the shoes to help realign the joints and muscles of the foot and ankle. Just as glasses or contacts work to correct your vision, custom shoe inserts also work to correct imbalances and problems within the feet.
What are the benefits of custom orthotics?
Orthotics can be used to treat a wide range of problems and can be beneficial for,
- Taking stress and strain off the feet
- Redistributing pressure and force evenly throughout the foot
- Providing cushioning and support for the heels and arches of the feet
- Stabilizing the foot and ankle
- Providing shock absorption when walking or running
Custom orthotics are specifically designed to support your feet and your feet alone. This is what makes them different from the orthotics you can find over the counter. Custom orthotics can correct mechanical imbalances and provide your heels and arches with the proper support they need to take pressure off the areas as they heal. Of course, your podiatrist will recommend other treatment options along with custom orthotics to reduce pain and inflammation and to speed up healing.
When should I see a foot doctor for my heel pain?
When you turn to us for an evaluation we will ask questions about your symptoms, examine the feet and perform the proper diagnostic testing to be able to make a definitive diagnosis. The goal is to find out the cause of your heel pain. While some cases of heel pain will go away on their own with rest and home care, there are some cases in which plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis can become chronic. If you are dealing with recurring or unresponsive heel pain then seek immediate medical attention.
With offices in East Toronto, Whitby, Mississauga and Brantford, Ontario, The Podiatry Associates offers a full-service podiatry clinic to treat a variety of foot and ankle problems. If you want to find out more about custom orthotics and whether they are right for you call one of our clinics today to schedule an appointment.
Custom made orthotics improve the health and function of feet that have been hurting due to structural abnormalities and unbalanced gait. At The Podiatry Associates in Mississauga, East Toronto, Whitby, and Brantford, Ontario, your podiatrists prescribe these specialty inserts with great success, allowing patients of all ages to be free of pain and have better ankle functionality. Drs. Barry Noble, Mark Bradley, and Marilyn Bradley use today's latest diagnostic techniques and materials to craft the best orthotic choice for their patients, and they can help you, too!
What are orthotics?
They are custom-fabricated inserts placed directly into shoes. Accommodative orthotics are made of soft materials to protect and cushion feet that have wounds, calluses, and other skin/structural issues. Diabetics typically benefit from these soft orthotics as well.
Another orthotic type is the functional orthotic. Constructed from more rigid materials such as carbon fiber, these customized inserts provide biomechanical stability in order to avoid gait problems and other issues caused by abnormal motion of the feet. Plantar fasciitis, stemming from overpronation, is a podiatric condition which benefits from functional orthotics, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).
Conditions which benefit from orthotics
Orthotics are a wonderful alternative to more invasive therapies such as surgery, medications, or cortisone injections. Typically, they last indefinitely, being precisely crafted according to a digital or cast mold of the foot. The APMA says that while drugstore inserts (heel cups, insoles, and the like) have their place for very minor problems, custom-fabricated orthotics render the best therapeutic effects and outlast any retail product.
Your podiatrists prescribe orthotics for conditions such as:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Foot ulcers
- Foot and heel pain
- Flat arches
- Ankle sprains
- Corns and calluses
At The Podiatry Associates, your professional team uses visual inspection and conventional gait analysis (i.e. watching you walk) to determine if orthotics are the right treatment modality. Also, we use FSCAN examination and frame by frame PediGait video analysis for the most precise observation and evaluation of biomechanical abnormalities.
Let us help you
The Podiatry Associates delivers a wide variety of services which help you stay on your feet and keep moving. We have four convenient locations to serve you best: Mississauga, East Toronto, Whitby, and Brantford, ON. Schedule an appointment by calling (416) 694-4166 for the Toronto office, (905) 433-0200 for the Whitby office, (905) 568-3800 for the Mississauga office, or (519) 751-2900 for the Brantford office.