Functional Capacity Evaluations
When standing and walking, we are subjected to forces that produce stress and strain throughout our bodies. When a foot imbalance is present there can be abnormal forces on the feet, knees, hips, back and/or neck that lead to pain and poor function. The foot imbalance must be corrected to improve body alignment and therefore, decrease pain and improve function.
What are Custom Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are devices which are inserted into footwear to support or correct your foot function.
When appropriately prescribed, custom orthotics can:
How are custom orthotics made?
While orthotics can be made by several different processes, at our Barrhaven physiotherapy , Orleans physiotherapy and Westboro physiotherapy locations, we take a foam impression of the patient's foot in a "neutral" position and send it to a laboratory with the physiotherapist's direction for correction.
At the lab, technicians pour plaster into the mould and, when it hardens, it reproduces the bottom of the individual's foot. The technicians then use the physiotherapist's directions to custom-make a device to meet the patient's specific needs.
Who Can Benefit From Orthotics?
Types of Custom Orthotics
Different types of custom orthotics are available for different uses. There are a number of sport specific orthotics designed for use in running/walking shoes, ski boots, skates, golf shoes and court shoes. Sandals come with the orthotic built in a way to prevent slippage. Dress shoes generally don't have much extra space and therefore come with a thinner orthotic. There are also orthotics designed for special health needs such as arthritis and diabetes. Talk to us about what type of custom orthotic would best suit your needs!