07 Nov Custom Orthotics
Why are custom orthotics important? Well, the next time you put on your favourite shoes, take a moment to check out the insoles. You’ll probably find there’s not a lot in there! Companies typically use thin liners or foam that don’t provide any support for your feet. When you purchase insoles from a pharmacy or department store, there is a slim chance that they will actually fit your feet well. Although there are some products that claim to be “custom-fit,” these are not the same as custom-MADE.
How do Custom Orthotics Work?
Custom orthotics are support insoles made perfectly for your feet. They are placed inside footwear to give more support for flat feet, to relieve pain in the ball of the foot, or help sore heels. Movement in the feet and ankles can cause the following symptoms:
- Muscle aches
- Sore feet
- Sore shins
- Achy knees
- Tight hips & lower back pain
If any one of these symptoms are present, issues with the mechanics of the feet and legs are often the cause. Custom orthotics help to control movement in the joints of the feet and ankles to prevent these problems.
Types of Orthotics
Orthotics are made from a variety of materials to provide different levels of support. Choice of styles and materials can be selected to match the lifestyle of the person wearing them. There are 3 main types of orthotics:
Soft Orthotics: Constructed of soft materials that help absorb shock, increase balance and relieve pressure spots. They easily adapt to varying weights and are effective for arthritic and deformed feet as well as in the care of diabetic feet.
Semi-Rigid Orthotics: Constructed from flexible plastics and high-density rubber, these orthotics are generally used when controlling excessive motion is the primary goal—such as for flat feet, weak ankles, high arches, heel pain, shin splints, knee pain, hip pain and lower back pain.
Rigid Orthotics: Constructed from a firm material, these orthotics are designed to control excessive motion in heavier people or when footwear will not allow a thicker orthotic—such as dress shoes, dance shoes, cleats and other slim fitting footwear.
What To Look For In A Good Custom Orthotics Provider?
One the most important aspects of custom orthotics is to match the shape of the insole to your foot. Custom orthotics must follow certain criteria to be considered truly custom. Your custom orthotics must be made with a 3-dimensional cast/impression of your foot. Standing on a flat platform is not a 3D casting technique and will not give you the benefits of a custom-made product.
The BioPed Difference: Custom-Made Orthotics, On Site
At BioPed, all of our orthotics are custom-made at our on-site labs. This means your orthotics are customized specifically for your feet and your needs, to give you the best fit.
BioPed Canadian Certified Pedorthists are specialists in assessing the need for custom orthotics and manufacturing them. Your Pedorthist will complete a thorough assessment of your foot, gait, lifestyle activities and footwear to determine what type of orthotic would be best for you. With our on-site lab facilities and tools, our Canadian Certified Pedorthists will hand-craft or adjust any aspect of your orthotic.
Custom Orthotics Fit You
Whatever your personal or professional lifestyle, think about what’s in your shoes and how a little customization could take you a long way to greater comfort, pain relief and injury prevention.