Orthotics

With every step you take, the arches of your feet are under significant strain. Which can mean foot pain if your feet are not properly aligned, or if they’ve have lost the ability to flex and return to their original position. Plus, we know that incorrect foot mechanics can cause stress in other parts of our bodies — in our ankles, knees, hips, and even our backs.

Custom orthotics can help rebalance your feet, reducing pain and discomfort by enhancing your body’s natural movements. Cornerstone Physiotherapy is proud to offer a full-service facility for the assessment and dispensing/fitting of custom foot orthotics. We’re experienced in biomechanical abnormalities of the foot, and will make sure you get the right orthotic for your needs.

What are custom foot orthotics?

Prescription orthotics look like shoe insoles, but are medical appliances custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. They’re based on a mechanical evaluation, and created by molding a precise imprint of your feet. Placed into your shoe — on top of or in place of the existing insole — custom orthotics fit comfortably and are generally unnoticeable.

How do they work?

A custom orthotic reduces strain and stress by properly aligning the feet. They correct imbalances or abnormalities by supporting the foot precisely where it’s needed, based on our thorough examination. For example, if you have a pronated (or flattened) arch, a custom orthotic would be made to support the arch, correcting forefoot and heel alignment and reducing strain in these areas. The benefits can be seen and felt through the ankle, knee, hip, and even low the back if these areas have been compensating for poor foot alignment.

What conditions can orthotics treat?

Orthotics can help with a variety of conditions including the following:
•Foot pain
•Heel pain including Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs
•Excessive pronation (rolling inwards) or supination (rolling outwards)
•Achilles tendonitis
•Metatarsalgia and Morton’s Neuroma
•Bunions and alignment issues of the toes
•Compensatory joint and muscle pain (knees, hips, back)

What happens at my appointment?

At Physiotherapy First, registered physiotherapists administer our orthotics services. Physiotherapists are experts in understanding how your feet affect the rest of your body, and are qualified to determine if your symptoms would benefit from custom orthotics.

Your assessment involves a brief medical history, a lower extremity scan, a gait analysis, and a foot assessment. If your physiotherapist believes orthotics would be beneficial, your foot will be analyzed using our ScanCast laser scanning system, and a cast (or impression) is made of your foot. Along with information gained from your assessment, the casting is sent to our orthotics laboratory. In 1-2 weeks you’ll return to Cornerstone for a fit assessment so your physiotherapist can ensure the orthotics are comfortable and fit properly. We ask that you bring shoes you would regularly wear to this fit assessment, as well as a pair of shorts.

Do I need a doctor’s note?

Generally speaking, no. However, if you plan on receiving reimbursement from an insurer you should check the details of your plan, as you may require a doctor’s referral note.