Custom Foot Orthotics
Custom made orthotics are prescription medical devices designed to alter the forces exerted on the foot in an effort to alleviate foot pain or over use injuries. Orthotics make standing, walking, and running more comfortable and efficient by altering the angles at which the foot strikes the ground. Orthotics placed inside your shoes can absorb shock, improve balance, and take pressure off sore spots. Like eyeglasses and dentures, they are custom made to work for you and only work while you are wearing them. There are three broad categories of orthotics.
- Those that primarily attempt to change foot function;
- Those that are mainly protective in nature; and
- Those that combine both functional control and protection.
Orthotics come in many different shapes and sizes and are constructed out of various materials. While orthotics can be made by several different processes, the gold standard continues to be a physical examination of the foot which includes a dynamic analysis of your walking cycle, followed by a non-weight-bearing plaster mold of your feet. Orthotics should fit into any properly designed footwear that fit well.
At Clarke Ventresca Foot & Orthotic Centres there will be a hands-on biomechanical evaluation of the lower limbs, including foot structure, alignment, strength, range of motion, soft-tissue damage, as well as the identification of any abnormalities. This will be followed by a gait analysis, where you will be observed standing, then walking. This will identify abnormalities or compensations occurring through your legs. Putting this altogether, a diagnosis can be made and a custom orthotic will be designed just for you.
Remember it is not normal to have foot pain. Call us we can help.