Will a custom orthotic device fit in all my shoes? – One of the most common questions we get asked in our clinic is, ‘Will my orthotics fit in all my shoes?’ To answer this we say that most custom made orthoses fit easily into footwear that is built with removable footbeds. Dress shoes and shoes without a removable footbed may be more difficult to fit with orthotics. It is important to note that with some painful foot conditions, proper footwear is an essential part of the treatment plan and some shoes may not be appropriate to wear during your recovery process. Wearing improper footwear can aggravate many conditions and delay the healing process. Your Pedorthist will likely recommend a supportive walking shoe, running shoe or boot to wear with your orthotics. As your symptoms diminish you may be able to wear a slimmer orthotic that fits into a wider variety of dress shoes and sandals. It’s best to bring your most common shoes to your pedorthist and he/she can tell you whether they are appropriate for wearing with your orthoses.Read More
Our ‘Back to Basic’s’ theme continues with: Is a Foot Orthotic Uncomfortable to Wear?
Initially a new foot orthotic may feel intrusive or awkward. For most individuals, an adjustment period of a few weeks is normal. Each experience is different as people have different tolerance levels, therefore it is difficult to set a guideline as to how long it takes to get used to an orthotic. Some people feel an immediate positive improvement while others notice improvement after a few days or weeks. It is generally recommended to gradually break-in to a new orthotic by wearing them for one or two hours during the first few days and adding an hour each day. A foot orthotic should never be painful to wear. A little discomfort under the arch during the first few weeks is normal, but if the orthotic becomes painful, a Pedorthist should adjust them as soon as possible. After the first few weeks, you should be wearing your orthotics comfortably all day, and feel a difference when you go back to regular footwear without the custom orthotic.Read More
How do I know if I need a foot orthotic? – If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet or lower limbs (including ankles, knees, hips and lower back), a thorough lower limb assessment from a Certified Pedorthist is recommended. Pedorthist are specially trained to identify the problem and recommend a course of treatment. A Pedorthist can confirm if a foot orthotic and/or proper footwear will assist you in recovery. Most commonly, orthotics are used to treat the following conditions/symptoms:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shin Splints
- Metatarsalgia (pain in the forefoot)
- Leg Length Discrepancies
- Sports Injuries
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Excessive pronation or supination
- Flat Feet / Fallen Arches
- Claw Toes or Hammer Toes
Foot Orthotics – Back to Basics
Our blog theme for the month of September is ‘Foot Orthotics – Back to Basics’, explaining the common questions we get asked about foot orthotics.
What is a foot orthotic? – A foot orthotic is a medical device that is placed into a shoe to help support, align, prevent or correct foot deformities or ailments. The goal of a foot orthotic is to reduce pain and unnecessary stresses and improve the overall performance of the foot and lower limbs. A ‘custom-made’ orthotic (different from ‘custom-fit’) is manufactured using a 3D mould of the individual’s feet to ensure the arch and specific qualities of the foot are properly accommodated. A foot orthotic can be used to successfully treat a number of painful foot ailments, including; heel, arch and forefoot pain, as well as complications related to conditions such as diabetes and arthritis.
Another holiday season has past, the tree has been recycled, the plum pudding put back in the freezer and the sweets all eaten – no more excuses not to focus on your New Year’s resolution. If you are anything like me, every January you’re determined to get back into shape and start exercising. Whether it’s jogging, spin class or yoga, I always set some fitness goals for the New Year.
Many people have the best intentions to improve their fitness levels but find it hard to get started due to foot pain. Some common foot ailments that affect people of all ages and body types include; plantar fasciitis, which is pain, generally in the heel, caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia (tissue that spans the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes) and is most noticeable first thing in the morning. Metatarsalgia is pain, burning or discomfort under the ball of the foot or in the toes and is caused when the soft tissue in this area becomes inflamed. It is most noticeably when standing or walking and during the push-off phase of each step. Arthritis in the joints and bones of the feet can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in or around the joints and can affect one’s mobility. Other common problems include bunions, hammer toes and achilles tendonitis, all of which can be very painful or become aggravated when exercising.
Fortunately most people who experience these symptoms can find improvement with custom made orthotics. If you are experiencing any of the ailments listed above feel free to give us a call for some free advice, or come in for a full lower limb biomechanical assessment by our Certified Pedorthist.Read More
Dynamic Orthotics is starting a Nordic Walking group led by our very own Kazia Ekelund. The walks will start May 1, 2010 and will be every 2 weeks. This group is open to anyone, no age limits. If you are interested please call the store at 250.391.1812 for more details or check back for updates. We will have spare walking poles for you to try before you dive in and purchase some for yourself.Read More