There is an old piece of wisdom which says “never compromise on items that go between you and the ground.”
Whether it’s a chair, a tire, or a shoe, the things which protect us from the hard ground underneath are important. But perhaps none is quite as essential to your health as a good shoe.
And sometimes the only way to make a good shoe a good shoe is with the help of a custom orthotic.
Orthotics help to alleviate pain and correct problems with your feet and shoes. They can help you move more efficiently and effectively, minimizing pain and mitigating potential problems or correcting existing problems.
Braces and supports help in a variety of situations, such as recovering from an injury or just leading an active lifestyle and needing to protect your joints. Here are just a few examples of when braces and straps can help:
Joint conditions like Arthritis
Conditions related to Athletic Injuries
Jobs involving heavy lifting or repetitive motions
Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee) and conditions related to Runner’s Knee
Do You Need Orthotics?
A customized orthotic is a device designed to support your feet in the specific way they need to be supported in order to minimize pain and maximize functionality.
While some may associate orthotics with people suffering from severe and chronic foot conditions, orthotics can benefit a wide range of people who may simply have discomfort when wearing shoes or wish to improve the function of their feet.
Orthotics are broadly divided into two categories:
- Functional Orthotics: Functional orthotics are designed to correct the mechanisms of your foot as it walks on the ground, providing the necessary support to allow the foot to function. This type of orthotics is used to treat foot conditions and restore or enhance function.
- Accommodative Orthotics: This type of orthotic is designed to reduce strain on the foot while walking and make shoes more accommodating. These can be useful when recovering from an injury or preventing a recurring injury.
The best way to determine if orthotics may be able to help you is to schedule a consultation with an orthotics expert who will be able to diagnose your condition and suggest the best treatment.
Some common reasons people seek orthotics include:
- Foot and heel pain
- Flat or high arches in the feet
- Issues with balance and stability
- Recuperating from injuries to lower limbs
How Orthotics Help
The basic function of an orthotic is to help position and stabilize in the foot in a position which is more efficient and comfortable for walking.
This allows the feet to respond better to everyday stresses such as walking and exercise.
By providing the foot with additional stability and support, orthotics not only help to reduce pain and alleviate chronic conditions or assist with recovery.
They can also have benefits for healthy individuals. A custom orthotic can make a shoe more comfortable and easier to stand or walk in for long durations. It can even give an edge on athletic performance by reducing strain and increasing endurance and efficiency of movement.
Positioning the foot in the right manner can be conducive to everything from athletic performance to healing specific conditions both chronic and acute.
Some common foot conditions addressed by orthotics include:
- Chronic foot pain
- Arch pain
- Heel pain
- Heel spurs
- Ankle pain
Why Getting Orthotics at Activa is the Go To Choice
At Activa, our orthotics clinic is staffed by leading Pedorthists — a specialized expert trained in fitting footwear designed to address issues with the feet and lower limbs.
In order to tailor every single orthotic to the specific needs of our unique patients, we take great care to perform a complete analysis of every person’s feet.
This begins with a scan of the foot and a gait analysis, where we collect data about how you walk.
Next, we form a casting of your feet. This will be used by our pedothists to create a custom orthotic designed to support the unique shape of your foot.
We understand that an orthotic is no normal piece of footwear. It’s a functional piece of your moving body. With that philosophy at heart, our experts take the utmost care in their work.
Experience the feeling of being pain free on your feet. It all begins with an appointment at Activa Clinics.
Get a Custom Orthotic Treatment Plan Specifically for You
A good orthotic can literally get you back on your feet.
At Activa Clinics, that’s our goal with every orthotic that we produce: to provide our patients with a chance to live pain free and go about their day to day lives with all the strength and vigor they need to get through the day.
No matter what type of injuries or medical conditions may be impairing your feet or walking ability — be it arthritis or a new injury — we are happy to design a complete orthotics treatment which addresses your issues and delivers you towards your goals.
Take the first step towards a painless stride by scheduling a consultation today.
Mississauga’s Custom Orthotics Clinic
Suffering foot pain somewhere in the Mississauga area?
You’re in luck, because in Mississauga you’ll find an Activa Clinic staffed with some of Canada’s finest pedothists standing by ready to help you tackle any and every problem your orthotics might give you.
It might be hard to believe that putting something in your shoe could alleviate so much pain and stress in your life, but Activa Clinics is devoted to making believers out of anyone willing to give our orthotics a shot.
Get in touch today and start the journey to a pain free day.
Choosing the Right Brace
With the wide variety of braces available, it can be hard to find the right one for you, as there are knee sleeves, knee straps, knee braces and back braces for lower back pain to choose from, but our experienced medical professionals can help.
Cost and Coverage
Our team includes physiotherapists, kinesiologists, chiropractors, and more. They have a thorough understanding of biomechanics and how to keep you moving properly. By analyzing your issues and goals, they will help you find the best solution. To learn more about our functional braces and straps, give us a call or schedule a consultation today.
Orthotics Therapy FAQs
How to alleviate foot pain?
Orthotics can help alleviate foot pain by providing extra support and stability to the foot while wearing a shoe and walking.
What can cause sudden foot pain?
Sudden foot pain could be a sign of strain and injury, or a symptom of a chronic foot condition. If the pain is not occurring in response to strenuous exercise, it could be a symptom of a condition such as arthritis.
What causes sudden foot pain and swelling?
Pain and swelling in the feet could be a symptom of a serious chronic condition such as arthritis. It could also be due to overuse (walking, hiking, or standing for extended durations,) or poorly fitting shoes causing irritation and damage.