Q. What are orthotics? How do orthotics work?
Orthotics are a device that is used to correct the posture of body parts. Foot orthotics; for instance, are made to be worn as shoe insoles. They not only provide correction to your foot posture, they are also therapeutic and provide additional stability or support to other body parts such as the knee or hip, while at the same time improving overall structural alignment.
Q. What are the advantages of custom foot orthotics?
Orthotics are crucial especially in instances where your normal foot posture changes. In that instance, you or your orthotics specialist might want to correct the debility and return your foot to its natural position. While there are generic, over-the-counter inserts available in drug stores, they rarely fit specific needs or conform to a specific foot shape. Essentially, this means that even though they might add comfort, they simply don’t have the same long-term benefits, and cause the long term improvements that custom orthotics, made for your specific foot shape and size can.
Q. How long do foot orthotics last?
This is dependent on the frequency of use. In essence, the longer or more they are used, the faster they should be replaced. Ideally, with normal use, they should be replaced annually or at most, a year and a half for maximum effectiveness.
Q. How long will take for me to get used to my new orthotics?
Orthotics are made from ‘feet-friendly’ materials which easily take your foots’ natural shape and curves, thus they are very easy to get accustomed to. While some people will need a few days to get used to them once they insert them in their shoes, most find comfort immediately and get used to them from the onset.
Q. Do I need orthotics for both shoes even with one hurting foot?
Often, people experience pain that requires orthotics in a single body part. Say one foot or the other, one knee or the other, and the same for heels and even hips. The pain is rarely in both sides of a body part. That said, the answer is YES: you need to insert orthotics in both shoes. Otherwise, with only one orthotic, you run the risk of misaligning your hips, back, ankles and knees which will compromise the balance in your body.
Q. Can I use my orthotics in all my shoes?
Yes. Ideally, they should fit in all shoe types, however. It does depend on the particular piece of footwear you are trying to insert them into.
Q. Can I dry clean my Orthotics?
No. You only need a warm soapy cloth to wipe them every now and then, again, depending on use and their state.
Q. Orthotics or regular insoles, what is the difference?
The difference is that regular insoles provide minimal cushioning and act as a shock absorber while orthotics is a functional device that corrects over-pronation (A state where the lower leg rotates inwards while the pelvis tilts forward, which then strains the legs, knees, and back). In other words, orthotics help to correct biomechanical foot complications and improve foot function, where insoles simply provide comfort.
Q. How do orthotics work?
When our feet structure is compromised, our overall health is affected, and we develop knee, feet, and eventually, back pain. Orthotics have for years been found to effectively correct the foot conditions leading to this pain, and that is after years of research. Whether you are suffering from Plantar Fasciitis, bunions, Achilles Tendonitis, heel pain or heel spurs and even Ball of Foot Pain, callous, corns, or Morton’s Neuroma, custom orthotics can help ease the pain and correct the complications.
Orthotics has also proven effective in treating knee and lower back pain as well as shin splints. These devices are as a result of collaboration between physiotherapists, chiropractors, and pedorthists.
Q. Are orthotics covered by health insurance?
Yes, many insurance plans in Canada cover custom foot orthotics. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to see what type of coverage you have. However, even if they aren’t covered, orthotics are quite reasonably priced.
Q. Where do I start?
Getting started with orthotics is as easy as getting in touch with Orthotics Brantford especially if you are in the Brantford area. The first stage is consulting with orthotic specialists which includes speaking to an orthotics specialist for measurement, posture observation, a complete stance evaluation, and then a discussion to understand your footwear. After that is done, your decision to proceed with custom orthotics will need us to cast your feet so we can make you a custom device.
If you would like to speak to one of our Orthotics Specialists at Orthotics Brantford simply click the button below to request a Custom Orthotics Consultation.