Our feet don’t always “agree” with the ground. The ground is an inflexible surface, and feet come in all shapes and sizes, so there are bound to be a few suboptimal pairings. You can, however, bridge the gap, and effectively bring the ground up to your feet.
Custom orthotics are, simply, inserts for your shoes (which may be orthopedic or non-orthopedic) that support the arches of your feet, relieving your ankles, knees, hips and lower back of the extra stress of having to constantly lift the arch.
At Feet First Clinic, we have seen the benefits of custom orthotics time and again, as people who have consulted with us about foot pain or biomechanical conditions find their issues mitigated and/or solved by the inserts.
But, for many, the question still remains: how do I know if I need custom orthotics? To answer that, let’s look at a few common signs you can watch for that suggest you might need custom orthotics. By no means a comprehensive list, this is nevertheless a good jumping off point for answering the question.
This might seem like a bit of an obvious answer, but it’s a good way of thinking about the question. If you experience pain in your knees, lower back or hips, custom orthotics can mitigate it. Those with musculoskeletal conditions like plantar fasciitis, bunions, rheumatoid arthritis or Achilles tendonitis (to name a few) often find that orthotics help mitigate pain as well.
The first thing to do, if you are experiencing pain in any of the above-mentioned ways, is to schedule an appointment with one of our expert chiropodists, who will work with you to discuss treatment options.
Studies testing the effects of orthotics on gait abnormalities (against bare feet or flat insoles) found that orthotics are effective in correcting pelvic asymmetry. Here at Feet First Clinic, we begin with a thorough gait analysis, which uses state of the art 3D video to highlight biomechanical patterns that our chiropodists analyze. From there we craft a personalized corrective treatment plan, which may include custom orthotics.
Worn Out Shoes
Shoes can tell you a lot about a person’s foot. Worn down treads on one or another side of the shoe indicates either that you pronate or supinate (either your foot rolls inward or turns out). If you find yourself blowing through pairs of footwear, unsure what the issue is, you might benefit from our custom orthotics.
You Are on Your Feet A Lot
Finally, a perfectly reasonable reason to get custom orthotics is to be proactive about foot pain. If you run frequently, play sports or have a job that demands you to be on your feet, custom orthotics can help you avoid foot pain. Crucially, it can also help guard against conditions like plantar fasciitis. If you are the kind of person who spends a significant portion of the day on their feet, we are your downtown Toronto chiropodist to see and can direct you toward the right footwear and orthotics.
If any of these four entries resonated with you, or if you are simply unsure about your feet, come visit. The sooner you get your foot in the door, the better!