The physical stress on the body’s musculoskeletal system is connected throughout its various components. Custom Orthotics are custom shoe insoles tailored to a person’s specific needs, dysfunctions, or activity-specific requirements. They are prescribed and used to reduce or dissipate force on weight bearing joints; to correct for joint mal-alignment issues; or to improve support and comfort when standing, walking or running.
An Orthotic is a medical device fabricated to support, align, prevent and / or correct deformities or to improve the function and mobility of the body. Foot orthotics are custom made “Insoles or Arch Supports ” that are worn in a person’s shoes. 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 imbalance. 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. 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.
A biomechanical assessment and gait analysis is performed to determine if foot orthotics would benefit a client. To fabricate foot orthotics, a Plaster of Paris cast of the patient’s foot is taken. From this mold, custom foot orthotics are fabricated on site at our facility using different materials to provide support and shock absorption.
Custom foot orthotics are the preferred treatment for foot pain and Plantar Fasciitis. They can also reduce muscular fatigue and can help to promote more efficient muscle performance. People who are active in sports may find custom orthotics helpful to increase endurance, strength and performance abilities. Individuals who are carrying more weight may find that orthotics relieve the additional stress that the extra weight puts on ligaments in their feet and legs. People with joint pain or who stand or walk on hard surfaces for considerable amounts of time each day or have had previous foot or leg injuries may benefit from custom foot orthotics.
At Matrix Physiotherapy, we are a leader in custom orthotics in Toronto because we are devoted to restoring your ability through our professional and skilled services. our experienced physiotherapists will carry out a detailed assessment of your standing position and walking pattern both through clinical observation and with an Electronic GaitScan device. The therapists will adjust for any foot and ankle deviations deemed necessary prior to Foam Mould casting. This combination will ensure that you get the most accurate and beneficial custom orthotics specific to your dysfunction or activity needs.