What are Custom Orthotics?

A custom orthotic is a prescribed removable corrective device that is placed in your shoes to hold your foot in the proper position. This allows the joints, muscles and ligaments of your feet to function closer to their normal limits, so that your feet and lower leg can move more efficiently. Custom foot orthotics, also known as insoles, are used to alleviate pain and discomfort in the feet and the lower leg, caused by abnormal foot function or structure. 

Custom orthotics are made from a three-dimensional plaster cast of your feet after a biomechanical examination, stance and gait analysis is performed. Just like prescription eye glasses, custom made orthotics come in different materials (soft & hard), styles, shapes and corrections. 

Chiropodists and Podiatrists are the only regulated health professionals whose legislated scope of practice includes the provision of orthotics.



HOW ARE CUSTOM ORTHOTICS MADE

Custom orthotics are not just a ’piece of plastic’. Making a pair of truly custom-made orthotics is an involved, multi-step process where attention to detail, and a thorough inderstanding of the biomechanics and fabrication processes come together.

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TYPE DESCRIPTION MATERIALS
SPORT Our sport orthotic provides ample control & support, correction and shock absorption to help keep you pain-free during your sport activities Shell: 2.5mm or 3mm (depending on patient)

Padding: 1/8”

Cover: ETC (like what comes in athletic shoes)

Extras:
- Available Extrinsic heel posting (high density EVA around the heel to stabilize the foot)
Can also be used for golf
CASUAL Our casual orthotic provides ample control & support and correction, while ensuring a proper fit in casual shoes for everyday use Shell: 2.5mm or 3mm (depending on patient)

Padding: 1/16”

Cover: High-quality vinyl
DIABETIC Our diabetic orthotic is specifically designed to avoid all pressure points using a high-density EVA shell Shell: High-density EVA

Padding: 1/8”

Cover: Heat & pressure sensitive material that forms to the patient’s feet
KIDS Our kids orthotics are designed with a deep heel cup to control kids’ feet and while providing ample control & support. Shell: 2mm or 2.5mm

Padding: 1/16”

Cover: Microcell foam padding
Cover available in Boys or Girls colours
SPORT SPECIFIC DESCRIPTION MATERIALS
BASKETBALL Our basketball orthotic provides ample control and stability while ensuring there’s plenty of shock absorption for all that court time Shell: 2.5mm or 3mm (depending on patient)

Padding: 1/8”

Cover: ETC (like what comes in athletic shoes)

Extras:
- Large heel cutout (to increase shock absorption)
- Heel pad cushion (to increase shock absorption)
- Extrinsic heel posting (high density EVA around the heel to stabilize the foot)
COURT (Tennis / Squash) Our court orthotic provides ample control & support while ensuring there’s plenty of lateral (side-to-side) stability Shell: 2.5mm or 3mm (depending on patient)

Padding: 1/8”

Cover: ETC (like what comes in athletic shoes)

Extras:
Extrinsic heel posting (high density EVA around the heel to stabilize the foot)
SKI Our ski orthotics are specially designed for the avid skier to provide just enough control & support while taking up minimal space in your ski boots Shell: 2mm or 2.5mm, narrow profile

Padding: None

Cover: High-quality vinyl

Extras:
- Convenience strap for easy removal from your ski boots
- Available heel lift upon request to help you stay more centered on your skiis by slightly raising your heel
SKATE Our skate orthotics are designed with skaters and hockey players in mind. They provide ample control & support while taking up minimal space in your skates Shell: 2mm or 2.5mm, narrow profile

Padding: None

Cover: High-quality vinyl

Extras:
- Convenience strap for easy removal from your skates
- Available heel lift upon request to help you stay more centered on your skates by slightly raising your heel

The benefits of custom orthotics

Whether you are an athlete, you spend long hours on your feet all day or are trying to keep up with a busy toddler, custom orthotics can help to alleviate discomfort, reduce fatigue and keep you staying active.

Improving the kinetic chain

Orthotics help to relieve pain in the foot, heel, ankle and lower leg by placing these joints back into their natural alignment so that they ‘track’ properly, move more efficiently, and with significantly less discomfort. By properly aligning the foot and ankle, there is often also a reduction in knee, hip and back pain, since the foundation of the ‘kinetic chain’ is being properly aligned. The feet represent the base of the kinetic chain, and each subsequent joint above the feet can be considered a ‘link’ in the chain, much like a stable house is built upon a strong foundation.


Properly aligned Kinetic Chain

Misaligned Kinetic Chain
Fully custom made for your foot condition or injury

Our custom orthotics are made specifically for each of your feet to address your specific foot conditions, lifestyle, activities and injuries to alleviate any related pain and/or discomfort throughout the entire kinetic chain.

Comprehensive approach

Custom orthotics are only one part of your overall foot health treatment plan. Your appointment starts with an in-depth discussion with your practitioner about your medical history and continues through to discussing your various physical activities and commonly worn footwear; and your practitioner will educate you on choosing the best footwear for your foot health, lifestyle, and activities. Lastly, you will be shown an appropriate stretching regimen and related exercises to help strengthen the muscles in your kinetic chain (feet, ankles, knees, hips and back).

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