What Are Custom Made Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are prescription medical devices, designed to adjust and control the functions of the foot and its alignment with the lower leg. They are crafted for you and no one else. They match the contours of your feet precisely and are designed for the way you move. Over the counter shoe inserts can provide additional cushioning and support but they are not made to address your distinct foot issues. Only a prescription orthotics can accommodate your unique foot structure.
What Are Orthotics Used For?
Family Foot and Orthotics Clinic chiropodists prescribe and use orthotics to treat foot problems such as:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shin Splints
- Flat Feet and High Arches
- Diabetic Foot Ulcers
- Foot, Ankle, knee and heel pain
How Are Orthotics Made?
Genuine, custom foot orthoses are only manufactured after our Chiropodist conducts a detailed Biomechanical Assessment, Gait Analysis and takes a 3-D laser scan of your feet. Following the exam, the practitioner will sent your casts/scans to a professional lab where your orthoses are made by technicians with appropriate training and qualifications.
Two Categories of Orthotics
Functional Orthotics are designed to control abnormal pronation. They may be used to treat foot pain caused by abnormal motion such as flat feet or high arched feet and also to treat injuries such as shin splints or tendonitis. Functional orthotics are usually crafted of a semi-rigid material such as plastic or graphite.
Accommodative Orthotics are softer and meant to provide additional cushioning and support. They can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses on the bottom of the foot, and other uncomfortable conditions.
Qualified Orthotics Provider in Kitchener Waterloo
Many different healthcare providers in Kitchener Waterloo area offer orthotics. It is important to choose one with professional qualifications and training in foot and ankle anatomy, biomechanics and disorders of the foot including diabetes, arthritis, and other foot and ankle pathologies. The combination of the right qualifications, training and experience means that your feet will be in the right hands.