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.
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.
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.
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).
This, in a nutshell, is the HealthCasa difference.