An orthotic is a device used to support, align, prevent, or correct deformities or to improve the function and mobility of the body. We use the latest technology to help us provide custom orthotics for the feet to our clients.
Find out if the pain your experiencing could be relieved by orthotics by examining the list of conditions below. Orthotics are especially effective in treating these conditions.
One of the most common foot conditions in North America. Often, people complain of pain in the bottom of the heel. Usually, the pain is the worst in the morning, or after a period of rest. By the end of the day, the pain may be replaced by a dull aching that improves with rest.
A term often used to describe pain in the forefoot. It may include such conditions as neuromas, capsulitis, synovitis, collapsed transverse arch, and fractures.
Often called ‘flat feet’ the foot appears flat to the ground. Associated with ‘fallen arches’ and over pronation.
Pronation is a normal part of a person’s gait (the way we walk). It helps the foot to shock absorb while in motion. When the ankle rolls inwards and foot angles out too much, it’s called Over-Pronation. This is often associated with the flat foot.
The high arched foot, often with a high instep. The 1st ray (metatarsal bone behind the big toe) is plantar flexed (pushed more towards the ground), causing a ‘cave-like’ appearance to a person’s foot, rolling them to the outside edge of their feet. Sometimes these feet are called supinators.
Sometimes called ‘under-pronation’, the foot tends to rotate inwards and down. Like pronation, supination is a normal part of gait and helps in the ‘push-off’. Many people who supinate tend to have more ankle sprains due to the outward rolling of their foot.
Bunions are typically an enlargement of bone or tissue at the base of the big toe. The big toe may turn in toward the second toe (Hallux Valgus), and the tissues surrounding the joint may be swollen and tender. Bunions can also happen on the ‘baby toe’, referred to as a bunionette or a Tailor’s Bunion. Bunions can be hereditary and may be aggravated by poor footwear selection.
When a foot bone is exposed to constant stress, calcium deposits build up on the bottom of the heel bone. Generally, this has no effect on a person’s daily life. However, repeated damage can cause these deposits to pile up on each other, causing a spur-shaped deformity, called a calcaneal (or heel) spur. Obese people, flat-footed people, and women who constantly wear heels are most susceptible to a heel spur that causes pain. Orthotics can be designed to decrease pressure under the heel spur and alleviate pain.
25% of people with diabetes will develop problems with their feet. These problems include ulcers, decreased sensation, structural abnormalities of the toes, and muscle loss in the lower limbs. Custom-moulded orthotics decrease plantar pressures, especially over bony prominences, to prevent the recurrence of ulcers. Off-loading of pressure from the affected areas is an established treatment option for diabetic ulcers. It allows healing by minimizing mechanical stresses and repetitive trauma.