Who needs a foot orthotic?
A foot orthotic can prove to be beneficial for you if you have biomechanical issues in your feet that result in pain or discomfort. When the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments or tendons in your feet are not functioning optimally to lend proper alignment while you stand or move, an orthotic can provide adequate support and prevent complications, fatigue and chronic pain. Although checking with a foot specialist and undergoing a thorough assessment is essential before you are prescribed orthotics, you may be a candidate for a foot orthotic in the following cases:
What do foot orthotics actually do?
Prescription foot orthoses (commonly called "orthotics") are precision medical devices that adjust and control the function of the foot and its alignment with the lower leg. They are used to treat/prevent injury-causing motions like excessive pronation (collapsing in) and supination (rolling out) and make standing, walking and running more effective. Some orthotics are designed to redistribute pressures on the bottom of your foot to alleviate pain from corns, calluses, and bony prominences. North Hill Foot & Ankle Clinic is your local clinic for orthotics in Calgary.
What about the orthotics I see in the drug stores, mall kiosks, stands at the consumer shows or on late night TV?
Many commercially available insoles are referred to as "orthotics." Some are quality products made by reputable companies while others are "dressed up" simple insoles. The hard part is telling the difference. Getting the right orthotics for you begins with a thorough examination by the team at North Hill Foot & Ankle Clinic. Real custom-made prescription foot orthotics are made from a plaster cast (or a 3D laser scan) taken by a trained professional and made in a qualified, accredited lab.
Do orthotics transfer from one pair of shoes to another?
Yes, they can be transferred between similar types of shoes. For example: if they were made primarily for athletic or walking type shoes, you can easily move them to another shoe of this type. However, you likely wouldn't be able to fit them in dress shoes (including high heels) or specialized footwear like ski boots or skates. Talk to Dr. Crosby about orthotics specifically designed for other shoe types.
Will I have to wear orthotics for the rest of my life?
When your pain is resolved, you may be able to go without them. However, Dr. Crosby may recommend you keep wearing them to keep your feet and legs properly aligned so as to prevent problems from recurring.
How do I take care of my orthotics?
Do not expose your orthotics to high heat (i.e. space or baseboard heaters, dryers, fireplaces, etc.). As well, it is recommended that you regularly take your orthotics out of your shoes to allow them to air out. Your orthotics can be washed with mild soap and warm water and then air dried.
How long should my orthotics last?
The effective life of rigid and semi-rigid orthotics is three to five years for most adults. Children's and adolescents' orthotics should be replaced each time their feet grow by one to two shoe sizes.
How are my North Hill Foot & Ankle Orthotics made?
1. Dr. Crosby will diagnose you with the proper examination. Using a complete foot exam, Dr. Crosby ensures orthotic success through: