Orthotics Services Ottawa
Orthotics are a range of products that help adjust or support the foot, correcting issues with the foot’s structure and resulting in improved function and alignment. Some people may think that only athletes need custom foot orthotics. The truth is, orthotics can help anyone who is struggling with foot, knee, hip and back problems.
While traumatic injuries are one of the most common causes of foot pain, other problems can also arise. Alternative causes of pain can include long distance running, wearing unsupportive or ill-fitting shoes, arthritis, age-related issues, bunions or calluses, weight gain or obesity, pregnancy, neurological disorders and certain medications. Comfortable, supportive footwear that fits properly is the most important step in ensuring good foot health.
Orthotics may come in the form of insoles or heel cups, or another type of support depending on the need. There are cheaper, general-use types of orthotics that can be purchased from retail stores or pharmacies. However, custom-made orthotics are fitted specifically to help address individualized issues. These customized orthotics are created with a gait and pressure computerized analysis scan which can identify abnormalities in normal steps. Using this scan, a customized orthotic will be designed to help balance and correct each foot individually. There are a variety of different orthotics available which come in an array varying thickness and lengths. The materials used can also be customized to create orthotics that are rigid or flexible depending on your needs and wants.
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Customized orthotics can help relieve symptoms and treat conditions in many ways. They can control, limit, or assist in the movement of an extremity or joint. Custom orthotics assist in the movement of an extremity or joint, and protect body parts as they heal from fractures after a cast is removed. They can also help by reducing the amount of weight being placed on a certain part of the foot or body, and correct the shape and function of the body part, making movement easier and pain-free. An orthotic can assist in shock absorption, stabilization, and protection of the foot.
There are several conditions that can be responsible for pain or discomfort in your feet, knees, hips and back. Some of the conditions that can be helped by orthotics include Achilles tendonitis, arthritis, bunions or calluses, claw toes or hammertoes, diabetes, excessive pronation or supination, flat feet or fallen arches, discrepancies between leg lengths, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and sports injuries.