What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are devices worn inside the shoe to correct the alignment and function of your feet. By accommodating the unique way that you move, custom orthotics can help distribute your weight evenly and get your feet working the way they’re supposed to naturally.

Besides helping with foot conditions, orthotics can be an effective treatment if you’re experiencing pain in your knees, hips, lower back, and other joints.

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At Activa, all of our orthotics are custom-made. This is essential and quite important because it’s the only way to get effective results. 

Everybody’s feet are different, so pre-made orthotics will never perfectly suit your needs. In fact, they could end up making things worse.

Our process entails a careful examination of your feet, performing a scan of your feet and a gait analysis (which means analyzing your walking style), after which we form a cast of your feet. This is how we ensure our orthotics are perfectly tailored to you. In addition to orthotic insoles, we offer custom-made orthotic shoes.

Most people don’t have perfect feet. So the chances are high that you can benefit from quality orthotics. They can offer an effective solution for a variety of foot issues and will help you move more efficiently. That means you’ll have less pain and more endurance for things like running, walking, standing, and sports.

Obviously, orthotics are great for treating all types of foot pain and issues such as:

  • Corns
  • Callouses
  • Heel spurs
  • Heel pain
  • Arch pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Flat feet
  • Plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the band of tissue on the bottom of the foot)


  • Pain Relief
  • Improved mobility
  • Increased circulation
  • Improved posture
  • Increased endurance and strength
  • Enhanced athletic performance

There are generally two basic types of orthotics: accommodative and functional.

Accommodative orthotics are designed to provide cushioning and relieve pressure from painful areas of the foot. By taking the pressure off of your problem areas, accommodative orthotics can help your feet to heal and prevent your issues from coming back. They’re used to treat conditions such as painful callouses or sore bones on the bottom of the foot.

Functional orthotics are designed to correct the mechanics of your foot, helping you to walk properly. By providing proper arch support, shock absorption, weight distribution, and more, functional orthotics can retrain your body to move more efficiently. They are used to treat foot conditions that are the source of pain elsewhere in the body, such as in the legs, knees, and hips

Your custom treatment from Activa can combine the advantages of both types of orthotics. This way we can correct foot dysfunction and relieve chronic pain, all while keeping you as comfortable as possible.

The time it takes to see results from orthotics varies from person to person and depends on what type of conditions you’re dealing with. However, it’s common for patients to see some improvements right away.

Since orthotics are designed to accommodate painful areas of the foot, the cushioning they provide can offer immediate relief. When orthotics are used for correcting the way you walk, they can offer rapid results by taking the stress off the problematic joints in your body.

Cost and Coverage

Our Custom Orthotics services are often covered through extended healthcare plans, as are the majority of our treatments. That includes the coverage you may have through an employer, workers’ compensation plan, or motor vehicle insurance. And if you’re not sure if you’re covered, give us a call. We can offer our treatment plans at competitive rates. So treatments can be available at little or no cost to you. Get in touch or schedule a consultation to learn more.

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At Activa, our certified Pedorthists (health care providers who specialize in orthotics) have a deep understanding of the body and foot mechanics. They can help identify your unique issues and create a custom solution.

Comprehensive Treatments

Our Pedorthists are only one part of our team. We have doctors and healthcare professionals in a wide variety of disciplines, and they can work together to create a comprehensive treatment plan for you.  For example, physiotherapy is often used in conjunction with orthotics to help patients get to full health and wellness as soon as possible.

That’s one of the major benefits of choosing our clinics. We take a whole-body approach to healing, as that’s the best way to get to the root cause of your problems and ensure they never return.

Patient-focused care

We understand how the pain caused by foot conditions can affect your quality of life. Our healthcare providers are motivated by the goal of getting you back to living fully and free from pain. The treatment plan we create for you will take into account your unique circumstances, medical history as well as your personal health and wellness goals.

Our Team Includes:

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Some of the treatments we offer are:

Living with pain or mobility issues can be devastating. But when you’ve been dealing with it for a long time, it can seem like it’s your new “normal”. We’re here to remind you that these problems are not insurmountable. 

You shouldn’t have to live with pain as part of your daily routine. And believe it or not, fixing these issues may be easier than you think. Our physiotherapists will do what it takes to help you get back to being yourself.

So what are you waiting for? Taking the first step towards a pain-free and healthy life is as easy as giving us a call.

Solving your foot issues and relieving your pain can be as easy as slipping on a pair of shoes. So don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation to learn more about how we can help you.