ORTHOTICS

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We all know the “foot bone is connected to the shin bone” so it no surprise that our feet can influence what the rest of our bodies do. Our angle of gait, joint range of motion, and muscle strength are important for proper foot function.

ORTHOTICS

Because your feet are connected to the rest of your body, ankle, knee, hip, and lower back pain may be treated through foot care.

Some of the most common questions asked of us about Orthotics are around ‘how they help and how long they last’.  In this blogpost we set out to answer your most common questions and concerns about using and purchasing Orthotics.

How do Orthotics Help/Work?

Orthotics help by changing how our feet interact with the ground.  Some people require a more supportive orthotic which works to slow and control the motion through the foot.  This takes the stress off muscles and ligaments in the foot and lower leg as well as minimizes excessive motion through the joints.  Other people require an orthotic that helps their foot better absorb the ground to prevent jarring in the joints in the foot, ankle, knee, hip, or lower back.  Often orthotics are also useful to redistribute pressure from a specific area to help with ulcer offloading.

How are Orthotics Made?

Orthotics are made from a 3-Dementional mold of the foot.  Often this is made from plaster or using a foam box with the patient’s foot in the ideal neutral position.  From there, a “mini model” of the foot is created from plaster where further modifications can be made.  Each orthotic is specifically made for each patient’s foot based on measurements taking from non-weightbearing, weightbearing, and gait analysis.

How do Orthotics Help Flat Feet?

An orthotics will not change how flat a person’s feet are but are useful to reduce wear and tear to prevent and treat injuries.  They support the foot in a normal neutral position to allow for optimal muscle use and ideal joint position.

How do Orthotics Help Knee Pain?

The knee and the ankle share the tibia (shin) bone so often if our foot and ankle isn’t properly aligned, our knees will also suffer.  Often, orthotics can help stabilize the lower leg and encourage knees to flex in the direction they’re designed to.  They can also help to better absorb shock to reduce the force through the knee.

How long do Orthotics Last?

This will change from patient to patient.  A person’s footwear, weight, activity level, and type of surface under the foot will change how often a new pair of orthotics are needed.  It is good to be reassessed for new orthotics if legs and feet are starting to feel tired, heavy, or painful as feet are constantly changing.

We specialize in custom foot orthotics, ankle foot orthotics and orthopaedic footwear, we do the assessment and measurements in house.  Our quick booking and turn around times will get you into your orthotics quickly and efficiently.  Give us a call 519.396.3500

We specialize in custom foot orthotics, ankle foot orthotics and orthopaedic footwear, we do the assessment and measurements in house.  Our quick booking and turn around times will get you into your orthotics quickly and efficiently.  Give us a call 519.396.3500

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