As physiotherapists, we often see patients with foot and ankle problems. One treatment option we may recommend is custom foot orthotics. In this blog post, we will discuss what custom foot orthotics are, who can benefit from them, and what the process of getting custom foot orthotics entails.
What are custom foot orthotics?
Custom foot orthotics are inserts that are placed inside the shoes to support and correct the feet’s alignment. They are designed to fit the unique shape of the foot and provide support where it is needed most. They are made from materials such as foam, plastic, or graphite and can be customized to fit a wide range of foot sizes and shapes.
Who can benefit from custom foot orthotics?
Custom foot orthotics can be helpful for a variety of foot and ankle conditions. These conditions include:
Flat feet: When the arch of the foot collapses, causing the entire foot to make contact with the ground.
Plantar fasciitis: When the tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes becomes inflamed.
Achilles tendonitis: When the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed.
Metatarsalgia: When there is pain in the ball of the foot.
Custom foot orthotics can also be helpful for people who spend a lot of time on their feet, such as athletes or people who work in jobs that require standing for long periods.
What is the process of getting custom foot orthotics?
The process of getting custom foot orthotics typically involves a consultation with a physiotherapist or podiatrist. During this consultation, the specialist will examine your feet and assess your gait to determine the areas where you need support.
Next, the specialist will take a mold of your feet, which will be used to create the custom orthotics. The mold is usually made using a foam impression box or a computer-aided design system. The orthotics will be manufactured in a laboratory and then sent back to the specialist for fitting.
Once the orthotics are ready, you will return to the specialist for a fitting. They will make sure that the orthotics fit properly and provide the support you need. They may also make adjustments to the orthotics to ensure maximum comfort and effectiveness.
Custom foot orthotics can be a helpful treatment option for a wide range of foot and ankle conditions. They provide support where it is needed most and can help to improve your overall foot function and reduce pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing foot or ankle problems, it is important to consult with a physiotherapist or podiatrist to determine if custom foot orthotics may be a helpful treatment option for you. At Millwood Physio Edmonton, our team of experienced physiotherapists can help you get the relief you need.