Foot Orthotics

The primary purpose of a foot orthotic is to rectify a mechanical nonalignment of the foot. For this purpose, we must address the problem as quickly as possible before it escalates and has a negative impact on the entire framework of the body.

Inevitably, when experiencing foot pains, the body’s natural reaction is to change the way we walk to compensate for the pain. Sometimes we do this without even realizing.

These signs indicate that you should go see a consultant:

  • Your feet are sore even while wearing good shoes.
  • You have one or many bone deformation affecting your feet. (You suffer from bone deformations affecting your feet)
  • You experience a lack of stability while shifting your weight.
  • You are experiencing pain in your ankles, knees, hips, or back.
  • You are experiencing pain, cramps or muscle fatigue in your legs.
  • You suffer from recurring tendonitis, bursitis or synovitis.
  • You experience severe pain or joint swelling after physical activities.
  • You have previously suffered from a fracture or sprain.
  • You have a difference in your lower limbs bone structure that is congenital, due to a fracture, or derived from lumbar scoliosis.
  • Your doctor has diagnosed a degenerative disease of the locomotor system or joints such as; osteoarthritis, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-polio syndrome associated with poliomyelitis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, etc.

The large range of diagnosis justifies the need of a careful use of materials and components for the orthotics of each individual, thus providing optimal therapeutic value.

To fabricate the orthotics, we first need to take a mold by pressing the feet into foam blocks that are then filled with plaster of Paris. Once the moulds have hardened they are polished and sometime modified to ensure maximum comfort despite the degree of correction needed.

The molds are then covered in thermo-mouldable foam and heat-vacuum sealed to form the orthotics. Once cooled, the rough orthotics are cut and thinned to easily fit into the shoes or boots.

Finally, the orthotics are corrected by adding bevels, metatarsal pads, sub-diaphyseal supports, silicone gel heels, metatarsal heads or elevations.
If necessary (depending on the type of correction) a cover will protect the items added to the orthotics surface.

The most common consultation diagnoses are:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Hallux valgus
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Hammertoes
  • Frequent sprains
  • Hyper laxity ligaments
  • Heel spur
  • Hallux Rigidus
  • Hyper pronation
  • Corns and calluses
  • Osteoarthritis foot
  • Knee instability
  • Flat or hollow foot
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Supination
  • Fibroma/Nodule
  • Tendinitis
  • Lower back pain

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