Custom foot orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts that are fabricated from casts of your feet. They are designed with specific consideration toward any biomechanical abnormalities in your feet and have been shown to alleviate foot, ankle, knee, hip and lower back pain in addition to improving athletic performance. Custom foot orthotics are often covered under group benefit plans.
Orthotics can treat and prevent many different physical conditions. According to the literature, orthotics have been shown to help those who over-pronate, a foot-type that has been related to different knee conditions (such as patellofemoral disorder). Orthotics have also been shown to help those with plantar fasciitis or those at risk for stress fractures in the tibia.
Orthotics at Burlington Sports Therapy
At Burlington Sports Therapy, we believe that not everyone needs orthotics. Orthotics should not be expected to have much benefit if you have a relatively normal foot posture and normal foot biomechanics. For some people, simply changing to a more appropriate shoe is enough to assist with their condition. For others, an over-the counter support will offer enough stability to either prevent or treat their condition and serves as a more cost-effective option for them.
The prescription of custom foot orthotics is very individual and should take into consideration a great number of factors. A person’s foot posture, biomechanics and activity level all play a role. If you are in the Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and surrounding areas and are interested in Orthotics, call our office today.