BURLINGTON PROFESSIONAL ORTHOTICS AND FOOT CARE
Custom Foot Orthotics
The feet are one of the most overlooked parts of the human form. If our feet (the foundation for the rest of our body) are not functioning well then we can ultimately end up with knee, hip and back pain.
A foot has three arches (medial, lateral and transverse) and they work together to support the functioning of all the bones in the feet. These are essential for balancing the weight of the body and maintaining propulsion while walking and running. Moreover, the stability of the leg, thigh bones, pelvis, and spine are all dependent on the arches of the feet. When they are well balanced, biomechanical forces going through our joints are balanced and the stress is reduced through the kinematic chain that goes from the feet all the way to the head. But if the functioning of the arches is off, then the feet can become painful and tired along with other parts of the form such as knees or hips.
Many people may have arches that are either dropped or too high and rigid and they suffer from painful knees, hips, and low back. As part of our treatment, we thoroughly assess the feet of the patient and customize the foot orthotics as per the clinical needs of the patient.
Custom orthotics come in a variety of footwear styles and can be customized to the needs of the individual. For example, casual orthotics are used in most “orthotic-friendly” everyday shoes or dress orthotics are used in dressier work shoes. Sports orthotics are used in running shoes. There are even sport-specific orthotics for those who run or play soccer and golf.
Here are some examples of conditions that can be treated with custom foot orthotics:
Ankle Instability (Rolled ankles)
Heel Pain/Bone Spurs
Lower Back Pain
Diabetic Foot Problems
We can help to enhance and improve the function of your feet and joints while reducing pain and discomfort. This leads to an overall improved feeling of wellness.
Watch the Video of Dr Maja Edgar talking about Orthotics
Orthotic and Foot Care Q&A
Orthotics are devices that are worn inside shoes to help correct foot and ankle problems. They can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including flat feet, high or low arches, bunions and deformities, heel and foot pain.
What are orthotics?
.They are custom-made devices that are worn inside shoes to help to correct foot and ankle problems.
What conditions can orthotics treat?
Orthotics can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including flat feet, high or low arches, bunions and deformities, heel and foot pain and have also been shown to help with low back, hip and knee pain.
How are orthotics made?
Orthotics are typically made from a mold of the patient’s feet, which is then used to create a custom-fit device made of special materials.
Can orthotics be used to treat plantar fasciitis?
Yes, they can be used to treat plantar fasciitis which is a common cause of heel pain.
Can orthotics be used to prevent foot injuries?
Yes, orthotics can be used to prevent foot injuries by providing support and cushioning to the feet.
How long do orthotics last?
The lifespan can vary depending on use and wear and tear, but they typically last between 6 months to 3 years.
Can they be worn in any type of shoe?
Orthotics can be worn in most types of shoes (casual, dress, runners etc.).
Are they covered by insurance?
It depends on the insurance plan and the reason for the orthotics. It’s best to check with your insurance company first.
Can they be purchased over the counter?
Yes, there are over-the-counter orthotics available, but they may not provide the same level of support and customization as custom-made.
Are there any risks associated with wearing orthotics?
There is a risk of discomfort or skin irritation when wearing especially when worn for long periods of time.
Foot care is important for maintaining the health of your feet and preventing injuries. This includes regular foot hygiene, such as washing and drying your feet, and taking care of any foot conditions or injuries that may arise.
What is the importance of foot care?
Foot care is important for maintaining the health of your feet and preventing injuries.
How often should you wash your feet?
It is recommended to wash your feet daily, especially between toes to prevent fungal infections.
What are some common foot conditions?
Some common foot conditions include athletes foot, corns and calluses, hammertoes, and bunions.
How do you properly dry your feet?
It’s important to dry your feet thoroughly, especially between toes, after washing them to prevent fungal infections.
How can you prevent blisters on your feet?
Blisters can be prevented by wearing properly fitting shoes, using protective padding, and keeping your feet dry.
How can you prevent foot odor?
Foot odor can be prevented by keeping your feet clean and dry, and wearing clean and dry socks or stockings.
When should you see a podiatrist?
A podiatrist should be consulted if you have a foot condition that is causing pain, or if you have diabetes and are experiencing foot problems.
How can you prevent athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot can be prevented by keeping your feet clean and dry, wearing shoes that allow your feet to breathe, and using antifungal powder or cream.