The health of your feet greatly affects not only your ability to walk without discomfort, but your overall quality of life as well. A pain in the foot can easily travel up through your body and cause significant pain elsewhere. At Gibbs Foot & Ankle Clinic in Edmonton, we believe custom orthotics are a great help in dealing with issues that you already have or as a preventative measure for future foot problems. They’re also used by athletes to deal with the stresses they put their bodies through day in and day out as well as for injury prevention.
Custom orthotics are used to treat a variety of foot-related ailments and symptoms, including:
Custom orthotics are made up of a rigid yet slightly flexible foundation, such as polypropylene or graphite as well as a cushioned casing for comfort, usually neoprene, silicone, or ethylene-vinyl acetate. The plastic core is shaped to correct your feet’s specific musculoskeletal imbalances and to redistribute pressure when you’re standing and moving in order to encourage proper arch, joint, and bone alignment.
Depending on what your orthotics are made of, they may last you anywhere from 5 to 10 years though the top cover on the shell may need replacing sooner because of wear and tear. But don’t worry; it’s a quick and affordable process.
Read on for a few frequently asked questions about custom orthotics:
While there will be an adjustment period when you first get them, they shouldn’t be uncomfortable in the long-term. If you are having issues, contact us or bring them back in and we’ll see what can be done.
Typically, your orthotics are fitted for the shoes you wear the most. If you want to switch them to a different pair, just let us know so that we can make some adjustments to ensure they’ll fit well in multiple shoes. There will be some shoes that you won’t be able to wear them in, such as ballet flats, dress shoes, or other low-volume footwear.
Ensure that you’ve removed the sock liner or footbed before you put them in. They should slide smoothly into your shoes and fit easily without any wrinkles or bunching. The solid part of the orthotic should not tip or rock, sitting firm in your shoe.
Depending on what they were prescribed for, you may not need to wear them all the time. Typically, an 80% rule applies – wear them for work as well as anytime you’re walking or standing for an extended period of time – but you should talk to your podiatrist to confirm.
Yes, if you feel that something’s not quite right with your custom orthotics, and you’re in Edmonton, bring them by to have adjustments made. These changes can usually be made in-house but we may need to send them out to have more complex issues dealt with.
If you have other questions that you don’t see above, feel free to get in touch with us!
Take care of your feet!