Calgary Foot Clinic podiatrists prescribe and construct foot orthotics. These are specially designed devices that are worn inside the shoe to control abnormal foot function and/or accommodate painful areas of the foot. Properly designed foot orthotics may compensate for impaired foot function by controlling abnormal motion across the joints of the foot. This may result in result in dramatic improvement in foot symptoms. The orthotics your podiatrist provides are custom-made for your feet and modified to suit your particular needs. Proper orthotics can only be prescribed after a thorough assessment by one of our highly trained podiatrists.
Foot orthotics that are dispensed by our clinic are custom made for your feet, they should not be confused with over-the-counter arch supports. These may help the occasional patient with minor arch discomfort, but they frequently fail because they do not properly control foot function and/or do not properly fit the patient’s feet. Custom foot orthotics are made from a plaster impression of your feet. Walking across a colorful force platform may provide useful information on areas of pressure on the bottom of your feet, but it CAN NOT capture a three-dimensional impression of your foot. Supports based on information from force platforms, ink impressions, and the like, can not result in true custom orthotics. The consumer should beware of individuals with little or no training, who hold themselves out as experts on foot problems and orthotics.
Orthotics will control the position and motion of your foot. This may prevent the development of pain and disability, and the development of additional deformity. Orthotics will not change the underlying structure of the adult foot. If they are not worn, abnormal function will immediately return. In a sense they are analogous to dentures, if you remove then you can no longer properly chew your food.
Foot orthotics broadly fall into two main types:
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