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Orthotics 101

A follow up to my video from earlier last week on orthotics.  If you have not seen it, then head on over to our blog page and have a look.

We will start with a little more information on what orthotics are.  Orthotics are generally divided into 2 groups; off the shelf or kiosk types and custom foot orthotics.  There are advantages, such as cost, to your off the shelf orthotics but the trade off might not be work it for you.  Off the shelf orthotics however have a tradeoff in that they are designed to try and fit everyone, similar to reading glasses off the rack at your local drug store – they do a job but not often the right solution. On the other hand, custom foot orthotics are prescribed medical appliances that are designed and manufactured to suit your individual needs and take into account your unique body features and specific requirements to address your pain, disfunction, or additional functional support.  In this way they are more like prescription glasses.

What is very  interesting is the wide range of conditions that custom foot orthotics can address. Things including flat feet, high archers, arthritis, bunions, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, heels spurs, hammer toes, diabetic neuropathy, knee pain, hip pain, and low back pain.  It’s quite a long list and yet there are more.

We all have goals in our lives.  Our feet are there to take us from point A to point B, and to help us engage in the activities we enjoy.  If you think that you may be someone who will benefit from the use of a custom foot orthotic then come in and talk with us.

Dr. Phil Sammut  DC