Custom foot orthotics are custom made inserts that go into your shoes to address many types of foot disorders. They provide support, correction, and cushioning to improve food performance and comfort.
If required, all ages can benefit from a custom foot orthotic. From discomfort of the foot, to severe problems such as diabetic foot ulcers – a foot orthotic can help a wide range of patients.
There are 4 key reasons for orthotics:
1. Ongoing foot pain.
First and foremost, it is important to have a throough foor assessment to rule out more serious issues. Once this happens orthotics can be worn to help remove pressure and stress from painful areas.
2. Fallen arches
While orthotics cannot reverse a fallen arch, they can re-position structures in the foot to improve bio-mechanical function and reduce chance of injury.
3. Standing for long periods at your job.
If you are spending long periods of time on your feet, you will need extra support because your muscles will fatigue. It is important to move around and give your feet a break, however in this situation orthotics can be helpful.
If you suffer from diabetes, you have an increased risk of corns and calluses especially if your foot alignment is altered. These corns and calluses can impact your skin integrity and if left untreated can result in diabetic wounds. Orthotics can be helpful in reducing these key pressure areas of the foot.
To determine the right orthotic for your foot, Dr. Rob will perform a thorough examination using the following assessment techniques:
-A state of the art computerized gait scan
-A clinical examination your feet, lower extremities and gait pattern
-A foam impression of your feet in a neutral position.
Your custom orthotic is designed using the negative impression to form a mould, together with the information gathered from the computerized gait scan and thorough clinical examination.