Orthotics are shoe inserts that fit inside shoes and other footwear and are designed to support the feet as well as recreational activity such as walking, running, jogging, and much more. Custom orthotics are personalized to fit a specific person, and should always be worn once someone starts using them. They provide constant support to a foot's heel, muscles, arch, tendons and ligaments. Walking can be very enjoyable when the proper support is there.
It is common to experience mild discomfort for the first couple of weeks when starting to wear orthotics. Rest assured that this is normal, and this is caused due to the body readjusting to a new and healthier gait (walking pattern). In fact, mild discomfort is a positive indicator that your orthotics are doing their job!
Who Can Use Custom Orthotics?
Anyone from children to the elderly can wear custom orthotics. The use of orthotics is not age dependent and can benefit people of all ages. Custom orthotics help alleviate foot pain, joint pain, arthritis and various injuries. They are also used in a corrective capacity (orthopedic correction), correcting uneven leg lengths.
Some people worry that custom orthotics may reduce their muscle tone. This is not the case. Custom orthotics will actually help position your foot properly so you will be using the right muscles at the right time. This in turn will help to minimize fatigue and will allow your muscles to be used more efficiently.
How Custom Orthotics Are Made
The first step in making custom orthotics is to analyze a person's gait and feet. A person's gait is analyzed using the Footmax Metascan system. The Footmax System is a cutting-edge patient assessment tool, whereby patient data is recorded and then analyzed by proprietary diagnostic software called Metascan. This diagnostic software then generates a detailed gait report.
Once this is done our professionals analyze the data and determine the type of custom orthotics needed by the patient.
Symptoms And Treatment
Custom orthotics can help out with the following conditions and symptoms:
- Achilles Tendonitis (tendonitis of the Achilles tendon)
- Ankle Pain
- Bunions (often mistaken as enlarged bones around the big toe)
- Fallen Arches
- Flat feet (collapse of a foot's arch)
- Hammer Toes (deformity of a toe's joint, causing it to be bent)
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
- Low Back Pain
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (also known as shin splints)
- Metatarsalgia (a painful foot condition that affects the foot's forefoot region)
- Neck Pain
- Painful Feet
- Pes Cavus (a foot with a high arch, the opposite of "flat foot")
- Plantar Fasciitis (a painful inflammation of the connective tissue on a foot's sole)
Where To Get Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics that are specifically made to your particular situation are available from Chiro-Med Rehab Centre. Chiro-Med Rehab Centre has the experience and expertise needed to effectively assess and treat conditions that can be alleviated with the use of custom orthotics. Take the first step and call us today to book your appointment for custom orthotics.