Do you experience pain, discomfort, or generalized aches in your feet and legs when you walk and move around? The cause of this pain could be the result of significant strain on various muscles, tendons, and soft tissues in the feet and legs. In some cases, there could be pinched nerves and other related misalignments that send signals to your brain in the form of pain in your feet and legs.
Another reason where custom foot orthotics are beneficial is when you experience range of motion problems. If your foot is not able to flex freely and return to its resting position, you can experience pain and discomfort.
When there are alignment problems in the feet, it can affect other areas of the body including the lower back, hips, and knees. You could experience pain and discomfort in these regions due to foot misalignment.
Custom made foot orthotics are special insoles that are created as a medical appliance and require a prescription from a qualifying healthcare provider. They are designed to realign the foot into the proper position.
Custom foot orthotics are based on your specific needs after a detailed examination. The orthotics are created by taking an imprint of the feet. The imprint is used to create the mold to produce the orthotics you require.
Quite often, the custom orthotics are simply placed inside your shoes. They can go over the existing insole or replace it. The custom orthotic insoles are typically unnoticeable since they are inside your shoes and are more comfortable than the insoles that come in shoes.
Custom foot orthotics reduce the strains placed by the misaligned feet on the body. They correct abnormalities and help provide support to the feet in the precise locations where it is required. They also help address imbalances in the feet, like flat arches.
For instance, if you have flat feet without a well-defined arch, it can cause strains and pains in the ankles, hips, knees, and lower back. By being fitted for custom foot orthotics, the new insole provides the necessary arch support to alleviate the stress on the other areas of the body while supporting proper foot alignment.
Any type of misalignment in the foot can be corrected with custom foot orthotics including:
At Physiotherapy First, your custom foot orthotics consultation is conducted by one of our physiotherapists or chiropractors. They will perform a detailed examination to determine how your feet are causing stresses in other areas of your body.
Part of your assessment will involve standing and walking. Your therapist will review your medical history, perform a lower extremity scan, and provide education about custom foot orthotics.
If custom foot orthotics could be beneficial for you, your foot will be further analyzed using our ScanCast laser scanning system. We will also take an impression of your feet. Using the laser scan and foot impression, we will create a mold for your custom orthotics and send it to the laboratory to be made.
Your new custom foot orthotics will arrive in about a week. Once it does, we will contact you to schedule your next appointment.
We highly recommend that after 1 year of wearing orthotics patients come in for another biomechanical assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of your orthotics. With time plastics wear down and orthotics lose their ability to ideally correct your feet. The re-assessment is advised in order to determine if your current orthotics are still functioning optimally or if it is time for you to be re-casted for a new pair.
In certain cases, health benefits plans will cover the costs of custom foot orthotics.
Our Brampton physiotherapists and chiropractors are trained in the latest custom orthotics techniques. They are also well-educated and receive ongoing training and education to ensure you receive the best quality of care.
We look forward to speaking with you to answer any questions you may have, discussing your health benefits plan coverage, and helping you alleviate your pain and discomfort to feel better.