What are orthotics?
Orthotics are custom made to correct any imbalances in your biomechanical make up for the arches in your feet. If you have flat or high arches that go uncorrected this can cause injuries over time and postural imbalances that contribute to misalignments in your spine and more.
What is the purpose of orthotics?
There are three main points of contact for your foot; your heal, under your big toe and under your pinky toe. These three points create two main arches in your foot; the more well known arch from the top of your foot to your heal and the transverse arch, between the points for under your toes. Orthotics help to make sure that your body weight is transmitted evenly and properly through your feet so that your don’t lean too far inward, creating a flat foot arch or too far outward creating a high arch. The balance that the orthotics provide better alignment for your whole body and ultimately improve posture as well.
What do orthotics do?
When your foot is not in a weight-bearing position, your natural arch is very relaxed and easy to analyze with a scan. However, if your arch doesn’t have enough natural biomechanical support and requires orthotic correction, when you stand up and bear weight on your feet, your arches with collapse if you have flat feet or turn your feet upwards if you have high arches.
For more information about how a gait analysis is conducted to determine the need for orthotics, click here.
To learn more about how the arches in your feet can affect posture and joints, click here.
To learn more about the electronic scanning system that we use to design your custom orthotics, click here.
PhysioMax Wellness is a Physiotherapy clinic located in Burlington, Ontario. PhysioMax Wellness offers; physiotherapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy and more. We use manual therapies as well as various modalities to improve the rate of healing from injuries. Our goal is to work with you and for you to create personalized plans to recover from injuries and help your reach your health goals for conditions you may have.
Julia de Reijke RKin, CSEP-CPT, BASc Kinesiology (Hons), DipFTHP