What is a custom orthotic?
Who needs custom orthotics?
What can I do?
Should I wear my custom orthotics all the time?
Why do my custom orthotics feel uncomfortable?
What Kind Of Shoe Do I Need For My Custom Orthotics?
Will My Muscles Get Weaker Wearing Custom Orthotics?
What is a custom orthotic?
A “custom orthotic” is a mechanism constructed to align the biomechanical system of the body. Foot orthotics specifically, are apparatus’ constructed to fix or manipulate the alignment of your foot. By correctly aligning your foot mechanics, custom foot orthotics support and help with the proper alignment of your entire biomechanical system from the toes right up to the top of your spine. They can be designed as insoles that you insert into your shoe (a shoe that should be recommended by your physiotherapist) or shoes can be designed with built in orthotics; designed specifically for your personal needs. The orthotics are designed from imprints made of your feet, pinpointing stress points and problem areas.
Who needs custom orthotics?
Anyone with pain, balance, or other biomechanical based problems – generated from improper foot alignment – should seek the attention of a physiotherapist in order to determine whether or not custom foot orthotics are needed. Problems dictating the need for custom foot orthotics can range from foot pain, to joint inflammation, to spinal disfigurement and any other issue with the central biomechanical and musculoskeletal systems. The following is a list of a few of the many indications that orthotics might be needed:
  • Bunions or hammer toes
  • Back, neck and/or hip pain
  • Arch and/or heel pain
  • Leg and joint pain
What can I do?
If you think you may require custom foot orthotics you should seek the attention of a podiatrist or qualified physiotherapist. You can get a recommendation for a qualified practitioner through your family doctor or other health care provider. You should explain any issue you have that you think may be related to your foot alignment or lower biomechanical system; issues that may be corrected with the help of custom orthotics.
Should I wear my custom orthotics all the time?
Overtime with the proper usage of your custom foot orthotics, their support may be less required. However, when first prescribed custom foot orthotics should be worn all the time and if you use multiple different footwear you should have multi pairs of orthotics designed for the specific requirements of each pair of shoes or other footwear.
Why do my custom orthotics feel uncomfortable?
Custom foot orthotics are made to realign your foot structure in such a way that it is no longer improperly positioned. As a result, your foot is being manipulated into a form that it isn’t used to and discomfort may occur as a result until your foot has become accustomed to the new alignment.
What Kind Of Shoe Do I Need For My Custom Orthotics?
Generally, most shoes are suitable for use with custom orthotics – as long as they have a removable insole. However, to ensure the best result possible it is best to wear a shoe recommended by your foot care practitioner; a comfortable shoe that doesn’t put any kind of added stress or biomechanical manipulation on your foot. For example, if you are wearing heels frequently or unsupportive work dress shoes, those shoes may be the very reason you’re having issues with your feet to begin with and are therefore not an optimal choice of footwear to be partnered with your orthotics.
Will My Muscles Get Weaker Wearing Custom Orthotics?
No, custom made orthotics do not reduce muscle tone. Rather, orthotics encourage the use of the proper muscles and actually strengthen the areas that have not been functioning properly due to poor foot and body alignment.