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Ready to Make Life Easier? Try Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics can make daily tasks much more comfortable and easier to achieve.
Do you experience sore feet? Did you know that as you age, your feet will often change? Changes in the shape of your feet, the support of your ligaments, and complications from previous injuries, can all cause strain and pain.
This is why we at ProActive Physiotherapy offer custom orthotics. They provide extra support and relief for your feet.
Will custom orthotics benefit me?
Our trained Edmonton, AB physiotherapist can give you a comprehensive orthotic evaluation. He or she will provide a custom fitting to determine what will work best for your feet.
Our physiotherapist will take into consideration your current medical conditions and activity level when providing the best custom orthotics.
After your evaluation and fitting, it will likely take a few weeks for your custom orthotics to come back from the lab.
Quality orthotics can alleviate pressure, eliminate pain, and promote stability. It’s important to receive custom orthotics that are created to fit the exact shape of your foot in order to receive the maximum benefits.
As physiotherapists, we are specifically trained in musculoskeletal movement and have extensive knowledge of gait analysis and biomechanics of the lower extremities.
We can provide you with orthotics that uniquely fit the contours of your feet, giving you the maximum amount of function, support, and comfort.
After you have received your orthotics it will likely be necessary to provide an ongoing assessment of how your orthotics are working. Fine-tuning may be needed to provide the best results possible.
What do custom orthotics do?
Custom orthotics are devices that are individually created to uniquely fit your feet.
They resemble insoles but are specifically crafted and made of materials that will last longer than prefabricated orthotics.
There are generally three types of custom orthotics, including:
If the shape of your feet is irregular, these types of orthotics can assist heel support, forward movement, and general stability.
These will help your feet to move in a more desirable way or bear weight in a way that will help you move and walk better.
These are created to help you relieve the stress on joints that is often caused by conditions such as arthritis.
Although custom orthotics are more expensive than off-the-shelf devices, they last much longer and provide more support or correction.
Orthotic inserts will improve how your feet and lower legs feel and function.
So, what’s causing my aches and pains?
Problems with your feet can be caused by several conditions directly related to the feet. General ailments and diseases that affect the body as a whole can also lead to foot pain.
The following are several examples of conditions or diseases that can be the cause of foot pain. These conditions can all be treated with physiotherapy:
This is a painful disorder that affects the joints and bones along the ball of the foot. This condition is often caused by ill-fitting footwear or restrictive footwear. Orthotics are usually recommended to help reduce pain caused by metatarsalgia.
Diabetes can lead to foot problems because of restricted blood flow and nerve damage. When nerves are damaged through diabetes this is referred to as neuropathy. When the muscles in the foot no longer function together properly this can cause unequal pressure on the foot. Unequal pressure can result in sores, infections, and even amputation in extreme cases. Proper footwear can help prevent foot problems related to diabetes.
This is a painful condition along the sole of the foot; and in particular, the area that connects the heel bone to the toes. This is due to thick tissues along the bottom of the feet becoming tightened or inflamed. Pain can occur in the heel or the arch of the foot. It can be caused by obesity, age, and standing for long periods of time on your feet.
This is a bony protrusion on the heel that is usually made of some sort of calcium build-up. While the actual spurs are not painful they can poke the tissues in the heel and potentially cause severe pain. Many of the same risk factors that cause plantar fasciitis can also cause heel spurs.
Arthritis is a debilitating joint disease that can affect the joints throughout the foot. Stiffness and swelling in the joints can eventually lead to permanent damage. This can affect the way you stand or walk.
Other potentially treatable conditions include patellofemoral knee pain, shin splints, achilles tendonitis, and bunions, as well as numerous systemic pathologies that (like diabetes) affect the function of the lower limbs.
Physiotherapy services can provide treatment to relieve pain and improve whatever condition you’re suffering from.
Aren’t orthotics unsightly?
No. In the past orthotics referred to special shoes which where often bulky and unfashionable. Thanks to Scan Mat, your custom orthotic will be a slim and trim insert that fits into most of your footwear. Most people will not even realize you are wearing an orthotic.
Are custom orthotics uncomfortable?
Absolutely not. What is uncomfortable is suffering needlessly from one or more of the ailments listed above. Our custom orthotics are soft, pliable, and gently put pressure where you need to relieve your pain. They are comfortable to wear and help restore alignment, balance, and posture.
How do I know if I need orthotics?
Any time you are in physical pain but don’t know why, you should have a full physiotherapy assessment. We can determine if your back or neck pain is caused by an orthotic issue. However, some signs are more readily apparent. Foot pain, foot injury, being prone to rolling your ankles or slipping a knee joint – these are issues that can be improved with custom orthotics.
So, all I need is an orthotic to fix my pain?
In some cases yes, but in other cases custom orthotics are used in conjunction with other treatments. During accident recovery, for example, custom orthotics can help with realigning your body, but you may also require whiplash treatment or concussion management.
Can I get custom orthotics for my sporting footwear?
In most cases, yes. Orthotics can be made for ski boots, skates, running shoes, etc. You can also use orthotics for any sports injury rehabilitation or prevention.
How do I get the best custom foot orthotics in South Edmonton?
We are committed to being your local physiotherapy and sports clinic of choice, and that means you’ll find the most advanced equipment and the most professional and caring service right here at ProActive Physiotherapy. We accept referrals and personal appointments. Contact us today so you can put your best foot forward.
Do you Direct Bill to the Insurance company for my custom foot orthotics?
Unfortunately, Insurance companies do not allow direct billing for Custom Orthotics. You will have to submit manual claim with payment receipt and necessary documents required by your Insurance Company in order to reimburse you for the claim. Most of the time Insurance Company requires physician’s or GP’s prescription in order to know that it is medically necessary.
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