Custom orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts that are used to address specific foot or lower limb problems. Some body issues that can be aided by orthotics are:
Foot Pain: Custom orthotics can provide relief from various types of foot pain, such as plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, or general arch or heel pain.
Flat Feet and High Arches: People who have natural biomechanical tendencies in their feet due to genetics and the environment can find the proper support for their specific anatomy with the use of custom orthotics.
Overpronation and Supination: Overpronation (rolling the feet inward) and supination (rolling the feet outward) can cause alignment issues and lead to various problems. This is especially true in people that stand, walk and run with regularity in their work and activities.
Shin Splints: Custom orthotics can provide shock absorption and reduce strain on the muscles in the lower leg that are affected by shin splints.
Knee, Hip, and Back Pain: Problems with foot alignment can contribute to pain in other joints of the core and lower extremity. Custom orthotics can help improve overall body function by keeping the hip, knee and ankle in alignment.
Custom Orthotics at Stride:
- Assessment: Your physiotherapist will evaluate your body and provide a suggestion for custom orthotics.
- Measurement: To create custom orthotics, we use a 3D scanning App that analyzes the contours of your feet to ensure a precise fit.
- Design: Based on the scan, your physiotherapist chooses the best orthotic to address your specific needs (i.e. rigid arch support, cushioning, low profile for sports, etc.).
- Manufacturing: The design is sent to a specialized lab where the custom orthotics are manufactured using materials that provide the necessary support and comfort.
- Fitting/ Follow-up: Once the custom orthotics are ready, you’ll have a fitting appointment with your physiotherapist. They will ensure that the orthotics fit correctly in your shoes and provide the support needed for your condition.
Custom orthotics can be an effective way to alleviate foot and lower limb pain, improve gait and posture, and enhance overall comfort and mobility. Most extended health benefits require a Doctor’s prescription to cover some if not all of your orthotic purchase.