In concept, customized biomechanical foot orthoses are no different from prescription glasses for the eyes. Both custom foot orthotics and prescription eye glasses come in different styles, shapes and corrections.
True biochemical devices are known to work on the principle of enhancing biomechanical functions and also correcting and supporting the foot’s arch.
Store bought devices (such as insoles and arch supports) are not true foot orthotics, like the custom orthotics obtained from Chiropodists.
In Ontario, Chiropodists / Podiatrists are the only regulated health professionals whose legislated scope of practice includes the provision of orthotics. Thus Chiropodists / Podiatrists are able to prescribe, manufacture and dispense foot orthotics.
Two Types of Foot Orthotics
Foot deformities which cannot be corrected are best protected and supported by the use of Orthotic devices known as Accommodative Orthoses.
In instances where there is a biomechanical imbalance between the hind foot and the fore foot, this could lead to problems in the ankle, foot, legs, knees and even the hips. This is best controlled by the use of Orthoses known as Functional Orthoses.
How Orthotics are Custom-Fitted
This is best done using one of two procedures, making a plaster cast for impressions or alternatively using a 3-D laser scanner.
The detailed report so generated is then sent to a specialized laboratory and customized orthotic devices specific to your biomechanical or foot condition are manufactured for you.
Custom-made foot orthotics can be used to treat many conditions that affect the entire body, such as:
All kinds of footwear can be accommodated with a custom-made orthotic device, such as:
Please contact our foot care clinic in Brampton at 905-796-6585 for comprehensive assessment and treatment.