What is the #1 Most Common Fatal Mistake that People Make when Buying Custom Foot Orthotics?

They simply do not ask enough questions!

With all the different health care clinics advertising custom orthotics for the relief of foot pain and deformities, picking the right one for your needs can be confusing and difficult.  The truth is anyone in Ontario can “sell”orthotics – it is not a regulated act.  However, there are health practitioners that are recognized as having the necessary formal training to prescribe and fit foot orthotics.  Physicians, chiropodists and podiatrists can prescribe custom foot orthotics while chiropodists, podiatrists, orthotists and pedorthists can manufacture and fit orthotics. Check your insurance company for the specific information you need to supply with your claim.

Many people that suffer from foot ailments are anxiously looking for a solution – some willing to try anything.  It is also sadly true that the vast majority of products currently sold as foot pain solutions are useless, especially in regards to eliminating the problem long-term. Be sure to ask questions about the orthotics that are being recommended for you before you agree to purchase them.

Why Do So Many People Need Custom Foot Orthotics?

The Main Problem is something called “Over-Pronation” or flattening of the arches.

If you are like the majority of people with some degree of arch loss, either from birth or over time, there are some critical facts you need to know before you can make an informed decision.  All the common foot problems such as bunions, plantar fasciitis (heel pain), metatarsalgia, calluses and corns are usually caused by the lack of enough arch in the foot when we are standing, walking and running.  There are a number of reasons why most of us have some degree of flat feet, but mostly it comes down to body weight, gravity and concrete.  The first two are constantly flattening the foot down against the hard surfaces we live on.  The ligaments that support the bones of the foot get stretched out and our arches drop.

To correct this flattening of the arch we prescribe a unique orthotic that provides full contact with the arch throughout the entire gait cycle.  We invite you to contact the clinic to see how this new type of orthotic may benefit you!

Why Would My Custom Foot Orthotics Have a Size Written on The Bottom?

What not to get in orthoticsThis is question a patient of mine asked me today.  Unfortunately, I had to explain to this lady that her “orthotics” were not actually custom made.  These were a prefabricated insole that had a grey metatarsal pad glued to the bottom.  And written in pen was size 41.  I tend to see a lot of these “so called orthotics” in my clinic and they all look the same.