What are Orthotics?
Orthotics or Foot Orthoses’ are custom-made inserts that comfortably fit into shoes. They are specifically designed to support and improve the performance of feet. By starting from the ground up, correct foot mechanics are essential for proper functioning along the kinetic chain to the ankles, knees, hips and low back! This will help reduce the chance of injury and reduce pain in those joints. Health care practitioners will assess how you walk, perform a physical exam and ultimately place your feet in a three dimensional foam cast to get you the best fit possi. Elite athletes can also benefit to help maximize their performance during sport, and can even be worn in skates.
How often should I be wearing my Orthotics?
Your orthotics should be worn every time you are on your feet – during work, at home and play. Orthotics are like eyeglasses, they work when they are worn. As soon as you take your orthotics out of your shoes or take your shoes off your feet, the stress and discomfort you experienced before wearing your orthotics is likely to return.
What do you recommend if the Orthotics are hurting my feet?
During the first few weeks of wearing your orthotics, you may experience aches and pains in your feet and legs. This is often an indication that your orthotics are making corrections. Your body has been conditioned to accommodate feet that do not function properly, as a result, it may need time to adjust.
Does the effectiveness of my Orthotics rely on the type of shoes I wear?
Yes, orthotics are most effective in shoes that are constructed well, fit properly and are in good condition. It is best to bring in your shoes when your health care practitioner is fitting you for orthotics. Knowing the type of footwear you wear the most will help your practitioner prescribe the right style of orthotics for your lifestyle. It is quite normal for some practitioners to prescribe two pairs of orthotics to patients (ie. Dress and Sport). When shopping for new shoes, it is also best to bring your orthotics with you for fitting purposes.