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A Step Toward Better Foot Health: How Orthotics Can Improve Your Life

Foot pain can put a damper on you living your best life and make you reluctant to go anywhere or do anything. Fortunately, there is a solution – the mighty power known as orthotics! How can these help? Well, let’s explore further and learn together.


What are Orthotics?

Let’s start with the basics – what are orthotics?


Orthotics refers to shoe inserts, custom-made for your feet, prescribed by a licensed doctor of podiatric medicine, a medical doctor, or an osteopathic doctor after a medical examination and diagnosis. Orthotics are designed to correct or accommodate abnormal or irregular walking patterns.


How Do Orthotics Work?

Orthotics are designed to make standing, walking, and running more comfortable by altering the angles at which your foot strikes the ground. They can absorb shock, improve your balance, and ease pressure on sore spots. They work by gently aligning your bones, muscles, and tendons to optimize your foot mechanics.


Orthotics may be rigid or soft, depending on your specific needs. Rigid orthotics will provide support for your feet, ankles, legs, and entire body, relieving the discomfort that comes from flat feet, plantar fasciitis, or other types of foot pain. Meanwhile, softer orthotics offer more cushioning, which makes them useful options for bunions and calluses.


The Benefits of Custom Orthotics

Orthotics come in two varieties: over-the-counter and custom. Over-the-counter orthotics are a good option for supporting your feet without the cost of custom orthotics, however, custom orthotics are made specifically for your needs to correct biomechanical issues at the source and will be much more effective.


Foot pain can really hamper your life. It can hinder your ability to live an active lifestyle – no sports, hiking, or anything else. Foot pain can also spread to your ankles, legs, hips, and back, rapidly causing a degradation in your quality of life.


Orthotics correct mechanical issues in your feet and improve your foot health. You may even feel less pain and fatigue throughout your body. Orthotics can help you if you’re suffering from:

·       Arthritis

·       Bunions

·       Bursitis

·       Calluses

·       Diabetes complications

·       Flat feet

·       Plantar fasciitis

·       Tendonitis


How They’re Made

Custom orthotics are manufactured by taking moulds of your feet and then using those moulds to develop customized orthotics that are designed to correct your specific issues.


Orthotics can come in both half- and full-length styles. In most cases, they are available as inserts for the shoes you already wear every day, but in some cases, fully orthotic shoes may be a better solution than removable inserts.


Improve Your Foot Health with Orthotics in Calgary

At North Hill Foot & Ankle in Calgary, we are passionate about foot care. We help you put your best foot forward through custom orthotics.


If you’re finding that foot pain is taking a toll on your comfort and well-being, it may be due to an underlying foot disorder. North Hill Foot & Ankle is here to help relieve the discomfort and painful conditions. Orthotics can help resolve your symptoms and enjoy life in Calgary once again.


To learn more or request an appointment, please give us a call.


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