The average Canadian averages 9,500 steps per day, while the average Canadian woman averages 8,400. Each step that humans take arises from the foundation of our feet, which is a biomechanical marvel consisting of 26 intricate bones and 31 joints. Often human injuries can be linked to a possible root cause of foundational dysfunction at the feet. It is important to realize the importance of proper footwear and support that we are placing under our feet.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are custom-made insoles made from a three-dimensional model of your foot, specifically tailored towards your condition and needs. By optimizing lower body alignment and biomechanics, orthotics can help alleviate various pain and stresses in the ankle, foot, heel, and most parts of the lower limbs.
Each custom orthotic insole is made using 3D Laser scanning technology that ensures the most accurate and tailored fit, without the need for foam or plaster of Paris molds. The materials used for the insoles are designed specifically towards your needs, also depending on the type of shoe it will be placed in.
What Can Custom Orthotic Insoles Help With?
Custom orthotic insoles have been shown to improve a wide range of conditions including:
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Plantar Fasciitis and Heel PainArch Pain
Bunion Deformity or Hallux ValgusTurf Toe or Hallux Rigidus
Metatarsal Stress Fracture
Posterior Tibial Tendinitis or Shin Splints Achilles Tendinitis
Flat Feet or Pes Planus
High Arches or Pes Cavus
Patellofemoral Knee Pain, Runner’s Knee, Jumper’s Knee
Osteoarthritis of the foot and knee
What Types Of Shoes Can I Put My Orthotics In?
Orthotics can be designed and tailored to fit into most types of shoes, including running/athletic shoes, high heels, flats, dress shoes, golf, soccer, as well as skates and ski boots.
How Can I Get My Custom Orthotic Insoles?
The process of getting your own custom orthotic insoles is quite seamless, as most extended health care insurance companies cover 80-100% of the costs. Our downtown Toronto licensed healthcare practitioners will perform a comprehensive assessment including a foot and biomechanical analysis, which is followed by a 3D laser scan to ensure the most accurate fit. During this time, you will be able to discuss various options of the materials used, and the type of shoe(s) you’ll be placing the insoles in.
While custom orthotic insoles are effective in isolation, a physical assessment for your pain and symptoms should be further evaluated by our downtown Toronto physiotherapists and chiropractors. They will be able to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to your recovery through evidence-based treatment plans and exercise programs, in conjunction with your new custom orthotic insoles.
Visit our CONDITIONS page to learn more about the various conditions mentioned above, and do not hesitate to contact us regarding any questions/inquiries about custom orthotics!
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Chuter, Vivienne, et al. “The effectiveness of shoe insoles for the prevention and treatment of low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.” BMC musculoskeletal disorders 15.1 (2014): 140.