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Foot Orthotics

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It’s important to understand that your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body, supporting you with each step. A small abnormality in foot function can have a large impact on joints higher up in the body, causing pain and discomfort. When running, the pressure on your feet can be three or four times your body weight. Even walking can produce more pressure than the sum of your body weight.

In some cases, foot ailments can be an early signal of more serious medical problems like arthritis or diabetes. Women have four times as many foot problems as men as they have a long history of wearing high heels and/or pointy toe shoes. Foot orthotics and proper fitting shoes are important aspects of foot health. Remember, if you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your ankles, knees or hip joints, the direct cause may be the function of your feet or ill-fitting shoes.

The use of foot orthotics is often necessary to effectively treat a foot condition. A foot orthotic is a custom fitted piece of medical equipment enabling the joints of the foot to be more stable for standing and while in motion. This helps reduce strain in joints, muscles and tendons. Each foot orthotic is made to treat each patient’s specific foot condition. Depending on the condition, foot orthotics may be either corrective or accommodating.

 Are Orthotics right for you?

A complete foot assessment by our qualified orthotist is the first key step in deciding if foot orthotics are a good choice for you. This will include:

  • Discussing your history
  • Physical assessment
  • Biomechanical assessment and gait analysis

Common conditions treated with foot orthotics include, but are not limited to:

  • Flat feet (overpronation)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Pain in balls of feet
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Arch pain
  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • High arches
  • General feet pain and fatigue
  • Neuromas
  • Sports related injuries
  • Diabetic foot management
  • Ankle pain & instability
  • Knee pain
  • Shin splints
  • Leg length differences
  • Hip and lower back pain
  • Recurrent stress fractures of the foot
  • Growth related disorders of the legs and feet
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