How Custom Orthotics Can Help You Live a Better Life

Work, play, and everyday living keep you on your feet so why not be as comfortable as possible?

The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend 150 minutes per week of exercise, but most of us do much more than that when we include shopping for groceries, gardening, housework, childcare, and all the walking and standing we do as health practitioners, teachers, postal and law enforcement employees, construction workers, retailers, dog walkers, servers, and chefs.

People who spend all day on their feet often experience pain in their knees, hips, feet, back, and ankles. Skiing enthusiasts, skaters, joggers, and those pursuing other athletic endeavours hurt too.

The human body is a wonder of intricate biomechanics but daily wear and tear takes its toll. Sometimes pain can be alleviated with rest, but too often the pain is chronic, returning as soon as an activity is recommenced.

Some of us have pre existing conditions or abnormalities in our feet or bodies that can have a significant impact on our joints, again causing pain in the lower back, knees, ankles, hips, and feet.

The good news is, that in many cases, custom orthotics can provide relief.

Let’s answer some frequently asked questions.

What is a custom orthotic?

A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes – they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment.

The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle. Custom orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole – and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.[i]

Will I have to wear special shoes?

A shoe that has a removable insole will work with your custom orthotic. Just remove the insole that came with the shoe and replace it with the custom orthotic. Also, there are a variety of shoe styles for men, women, and children, which are not only attractive and stylish, but also very comfortable.

Custom orthotics are also available for ski boots and other sports footwear.

What conditions can Custom Orthotics help?

Some of the conditions that can exacerbate or cause joint, muscle, and foot pain are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Illiotibial Band Syndrome.
  • Runner’s Knee
  • Sacroiliac Syndrome
  • Shin Splints

How will I know if a custom orthotic is right for me?

Any thorough diagnosis includes a discussion between you and your healthcare practitioner. Speak to your chiropractor about all nagging health, foot, leg or back problems.

As practitioners of holistic health care the Moss Street team takes time to understand your overall healthcare needs. One part of determining your need for a custom orthotic is the administration of a gait scan.

Your Moss Street Healthcare chiropractic team employs state-of-the-art scanning software that analyzes and detects abnormal foot function.

The TOG GaitScan™ is an innovative diagnostic tool and digital casting device that allows us to analyze your biomechanics and order the best custom orthotics for your unique needs. With 40096 sensors and a scan rate of 300 frames per second, GaitScan™ is the industry leader in dynamic scanning capabilities.

As you walk across the GaitScan™ pressure plate, the sensors capture and record how hard your foot strikes the ground with each step. Over a million points of data are recorded, tracking minor flaws in your biomechanics and revealing issues that, if left untreated, could develop into painful conditions over time.

The TOG GaitScan™ comprehensive analysis provides clear, concise 3D images to assess and articulate your need for orthotic therapy.[ii]

If your GaitScan™ and diagnostic analysis indicate that you will benefit from a custom orthotic, the doctor will order the device for you. Most extended health plans cover the cost of orthotics.

After a brief period of adapting to your new orthotic (about a week of intermittent wear) you will begin to enjoy the comfort and freedom from pain you’ve dreamed of.

Many people report that using a custom orthotic is “life changing” and they wish they’d been fitted sooner!

The Chiropractic team at Moss Healthcare Centre will be happy to answer your questions about custom orthotics. Contact us today for a consultation and start living a better life.