Orthotics

With every step you take, the arches of your feet are under significant strain. Which can mean foot pain if your feet are not properly aligned, or if they’ve have lost the ability to flex and return to their original position. Plus, we know that incorrect foot mechanics can cause stress in other parts of our bodies — in our ankles, knees, hips, and even our backs.

Custom orthotics can help re-balance your feet, reducing pain and discomfort by enhancing your body’s natural movements. Cornerstone Physiotherapy is proud to offer a full-service facility for the assessment and dispensing/fitting of custom foot orthotics. We’re experienced in bio-mechanical abnormalities of the foot, and will make sure you get the right orthotic for your needs.

Frequently asked questions

Prescription orthotics look like shoe insoles, but are medical appliances custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. They’re based on a mechanical evaluation, and created by molding a precise imprint of your feet. Placed into your shoe — on top of or in place of the existing insole — custom orthotics fit comfortably and are generally unnoticeable.

A custom orthotic reduces strain and stress by properly aligning the feet. They correct imbalances or abnormalities by supporting the foot precisely where it’s needed, based on our thorough examination. For example, if you have a pronated (or flattened) arch, a custom orthotic would be made to support the arch, correcting forefoot and heel alignment and reducing strain in these areas. The benefits can be seen and felt through the ankle, knee, hip, and even low the back if these areas have been compensating for poor foot alignment.

Orthotics can help with a variety of conditions including the following:

  • Foot pain
  • Heel pain including Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs
  • Excessive pronation (rolling inwards) or supination (rolling outwards)
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Metatarsalgia and Morton’s Neuroma
  • Bunions and alignment issues of the toes
  • Compensatory joint and muscle pain (knees, hips, back)

Generally speaking, no. However, if you plan on receiving reimbursement from an insurer you should check the details of your plan, as you may require a doctor’s referral note. Additionally, please check with your insurer that physiotherapists are approved to provide this service.

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