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Are Orthotics Really Worth it?

December 2, 2018 by Dr. Rob0
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Sometimes we tend to think that orthotics are used by just an older population, but the fact is – ALL AGES can benefit from them!

Custom orthotics are different than the ones you typically buy over-the-counter in a store, because they are specifically made for YOUR unique feet.  They are a simple insert that can be placed in your footwear with ease.

 

There are 4 key reasons you should consider getting orthotics:

1. Ongoing Foot Pain

If it hurts to walk, we have a problem.  When serious issues have been ruled out, orthotics can help, by taking the stress off painful areas of your feet.

2. Fallen Arches

Orthotics can’t fix a fallen arch, but they CAN reposition your foot to make it easier to walk and reduce the chance of injury.

3. Standing All Day

If you stand for long periods of time, you need the extra support because your muscles get sore.  Orthotics are a helpful way to give your feet a break.

4. Diabetes

Believe it or not, if you suffer from diabetes you have an increased risk of corns and calluses.  Those ailments hurt your skin and if left untreated, can lead to bigger problems.  Orthotics can ease the pressure on those areas.

foot orthotics

If you suffer from some of the following issues, you could certainly benefit from a pair of custom orthotics:

– Flat feet
– Plantar Fasciitis
– Achilles Tendonitis
– Heel spurs
– Shin splints
– Lower back pain
– Leg pain

Custom Foot Orthotics

If you’re ready to give orthotics a try – here’s what happens next!

Don’t worry – it doesn’t hurt!   We examine your feet, legs, hips and lower back to determine if there are any underlying problems.  We then take a computerized scan of your feet to see how you walk.  And finally, we take a foam impression of your feet to make sure the orthotic is tailored to YOU.

orthotic gait scan

Here are some frequently asked questions from our patients:

Will I have to get new footwear?

Orthotics have come a long way since your grandmother’s old shoes. They can be made to fit your tennis or running shoes, dress shoes or even ski boots!

Do they hurt?

There is definitely some adjustment when you get your orthotics, but keep in mind, they are meant to alleviate pain, not cause it.  Custom orthotics may change the posture of your foot (and that’s a good thing) but you may need a week or two to break them in.

How long do they last?

The lifespan of othotics can vary from patient to patient.  It shouldn’t be measured on how long the material lasts, but on how long it provides the comfort and support you need.  If your foot and lower body pain return, it’s probably a good idea to see your practitioner to have them reassessed.

Are they covered by my benefit plan?

A lot of people ask us if orthotics are covered by their benefit plans – YES – most extended health plans offer some form of full or partial coverage.  We encourage our patients to check with their providers to find our the specifics of their plan.

How soon can I get an appointment?

If you call us at 905-634-8439, we can get you in as soon as possible!   It typically takes about a week to 10 days to make your custom orthotics.  We have you come back when they are ready, so we can properly fit them and make sure you are comfortable with them.

We typically take thousands of steps each day.  Those steps shouldn’t be painful.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised how orthotics can make a real difference for you!

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