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Sep 2015

Debunking Myths About Foot Orthotics

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We’ve all heard the rumor that if you just invest in a good pair of shoes and stay away from heels that are too high, your feet will stay healthy, but unfortunately this isn’t always the case. When it comes to foot orthotics, there are different types available to suit your unique foot care issues, but there is a massive difference between what you can buy at your local store and what the doctor prescribes.

Foot Orthotics Myth

What’s the difference between over-the-counter and custom foot orthotics?

Over-the-counter orthotics are the type that you can find at grocery stores and pharmacies and are usually sold at prices far below the investment you make with custom orthotics. And there’s a reason for that. One-size-fits-all insoles are nothing more than a temporary solution to make shoes slightly more comfortable, whereas custom orthotics are long-lasting orthotics designed to best improve your issues.

You will need to see a specialist in order to have customized foot orthotics made for you. A certified professional will then complete an assessment of your legs and feet in order to provide you with the best solution, taking into consideration your gait, your foot shape, and how your weight is dispersed on your feet. Both options can be helpful for general comfort, but custom orthotics provide you with stability and durability needed to keep your feet in proper shape.

Common Myths About Foot Orthotics

  • Foot orthotics are one-size-fits-all.
  • Your two feet might not be exactly the same, what works on one might not necessarily work for the other. When you have custom orthotics made for you, they are made based on your specific concerns or problems, your sizing and foot type.

  • Foot orthotics are only for seniors.
  • Common foot problems such as flat feet, bunions and lower back, knee, and/or ankle pain aren’t age specific; they can affect us all! If orthotics are used early on, they can help to improve these problems in children, teens and young adults. Foot orthotics help to alleviate pain and to treat your foot issues for people of all ages.

  • Foot orthotics are uncomfortable.
  • Orthotics are meant to help your feet, not hurt them. There may be a “breaking in” period with your custom orthotics where your feet will need to adjust, but after a few days’ worth of wear this should no longer be the case. You should feel comfortable and supported by your orthotics!

    At Dynamic Physiotherapy, we offer custom made foot orthotics to suit your specific needs.

Using foot orthotics we can treat:

  • Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs
  • Shin splints
  • Bunion pain
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Lower back, knee, and/or ankle pain
  • Hammer/claw toes
  • Flat feet or adult acquired flat feet
  • High arches
  • Discrepancy in length of legs

Contact us to book a consultation with one of our experts today!

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