What are custom orthotics?
Orthotics are orthopaedic devices that help to treat or adjust various biomechanical foot disorders. These disorders affect not only the foot, but the entire skeletal system. To see if you require orthotics it is best that you speak to your chiropractor. At Chiro & Sports Med we offer the best orthotics for our patients. Our Orthotics are custom-tailored devices specifically crafted to meet the needs of a particular individual. Highly skilled laboratory technicians at ICB (International College of Biomechanics) take special care in fabricating prescription orthotics which meet the highest level of standards. They are designed from professional prescription specifications taken from your chiropractor. Specially created to meet your individual biomechanical and lifestyle needs.
How are the orthotics constructed?
Firstly your Chiropractor will take a digital image of the feet using RScan International FootScan™ technology. Your chiropractor will then take an impression of your feet through a plaster mould called a cast. After this assessment, if you need orthotics, your chiropractor will recommend one that best suits you. The finished Orthotic is then placed in the patient’s shoe and helps keep the foot in the correct alignment. This in turn will correct the alignment of the shinbone, the knees, the hips, and the lower and upper back.
Who should use an orthotic?
Due to the hard, manmade, unnatural surfaces that we now walk on, perfect feet are very rare, and almost anyone can benefit from orthotics. They can prevent and alleviate many of the common foot complications that cause discomfort in otherwise healthy people. They can alleviate foot, shin, knee, hip, and back pain. Almost anyone can achieve some benefit from an orthotic. There are several common symptoms that may indicate misalignment of the feet. You may be a candidate for orthotics if:
- One side of your shoe sole wears out faster than the other.
- You frequently sprain your ankle.
- If you have a chronic heel, foot, shin, knee, or lower back pain.
- Your toes are not straight.
- “Flat” feet.
- Your feet point inward or outward when you walk.
- Your feet hurt in general.