Orthotics are devices used by physiotherapists and orthopedics to help cure a person of various types of foot conditions like Achilles tendonitis, bunions among other type of ailments like back pain, knee pain etc.
These are made of lightweight materials that range from a simple over-the-counter shoe insert to custom made devices which require analysis of body and foot mechanics to create a cast of it.
Who can benefit from Orthotics?
Anyone can benefit from orthotics if they feel the need for additional support while walking or running. It is very helpful for people who want relief from various foot conditions which cause pain, swelling and discomfort.
Below are certain symptoms which suggest you should see a physiotherapist or an orthopedic –
- Flat feet
- Shin splints
- Frequent ankle sprains
- Abnormal wear and tear of shoe from one side
- Pain in knee, heel or lower back
If you are suffering from any of the above, it is advised to see a specialist immediately. The delay would only make the condition worse.
How is Orthotics made?
When a patient visits a physiotherapist, they will create a cast of his feet. The therapist then analyses the cast and sends it to a lab with certain recommendations. The technician in the lab makes the final cast or positive by pouring plaster into it. When the plaster dries, it forms the exact shape of the person’s feet. Then custom-orthotic is developed against the shape of the cast and the given recommendations to provide ample support to the foot. This is then sent back to the physiotherapist who fits this custom-orthotic to the patient’s feet. This whole process generally takes a few weeks.
The orthotic made through this process provides support, stability, cushioning and alignment to the patient’s feet, ankles and lower body. This, in turn, enables the patient to become pain-free.
So, if you are experiencing foot pain or any of the above symptoms, feel free to visit our clinic for an expert opinion. We have a great team of experienced physiotherapists which would analyse your foot mechanics and help you get relief from your pain. You can either call us at 905-232-2202 to make an appointment or fill an online form here.
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