Custom Orthotics at Victoria Health Centre
What are Custom Orthotics?
A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom-made to correct your specific foot imbalances.
Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes - they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the "gait cycle" which takes place with each step. Custom orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole - and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.
Why do we need Custom Orthotics?
The fact is: none of us are built perfectly symmetrical. Sometimes one foot is shaped a little differently from the other, or one leg is longer or shorter than the other. Because of that, poor balance is a common postural problem. With the right custom orthotics to compensate for these little differences, good balance can be restored.
The way each foot hits the ground when walking or running can, over time, stress the muscles, bones, and ligaments in our legs, knees, and feet. This can often result in pain or more chances of sprains or strains, and over a long period of time even arthritis or chronic pain. Custom orthotics can help prevent or treat these issues by decreasing and redirecting the force and shock that our bodies absorb when getting around.
Reduce Biomechanical Aches And Pains
Custom orthotics have a positive impact on the three critical functions of the foot; support, locomotion, and shock absorption. The feet have to support the weight of the body, which can be distributed differently and unevenly as we move our bodies in different ways. The muscles, ligaments, and tendons in our feet and legs have to push and pull the bones in our feet around in order to walk or run: this is called locomotion. Finally, our feet also have to absorb the shock of the thousands of impacts our feet make with the ground every day. Custom orthotics can support and improve all of these functions.
Improve The Biomechanics Of The Knee
The knee has to bend, stretch, and rotate in order to accommodate the placement of the foot with each step. If there is something uneven about the foot, this means that the knee could be under unusual stress from moving in ways it normally wouldn't. Custom orthotics, by balancing the foot, allow the knee to stretch and rotate properly, reducing the stress on the knee and preventing potential problems with the bones, ligaments, and cartilage in the knee joint.
Align The Body
Custom orthotics can help the various parts of the body line up in a more natural way by equalizing the load on the feet, resulting in reduced stress on the spine and joints, wrists and ankles. Proper alignment can potentially reduce the chances of chiropractic, joint pain, muscle pain, nerve pain, inflammation, and other related issues in the future.
Attain Better Posture
Custom orthotics can also help with body posture by reducing the need for the back to twist, tilt, bend, and contort to maintain proper balance.
Alleviate Complications From Existing Conditions
Poor foot balance can make existing conditions even worse by forcing your body to move in unnatural and potentially harmful ways to make up for that basic lack of balance. Custom orthotics can actually help with other conditions that, at first glance, are not directly related to foot or balance issues.
Increase Athletic Performance
Because your feet have affect everything they're connected to, custom orthotics can influence and improve the overall movement of your body in sports and other athletic pursuits and hobbies. For instance, custom orthotics can increase pelvic rotation and stride length, improving your balance and reducing fatigue.
Put More Spring In Your Step
Custom orthotics can help your feet push off from the ground properly, making walking and running even easier and reducing wear and tear on your body.
We're here to make sure that your custom orthotics are right for you!