Custom Foot Orthotics
Foot Orthotics are certified orthopaedic devices to correct lower limb kinetic chain deficiencies. They help change and/or control biomechanical forces on the feet. Whether you’re in need of adult or kids orthotics, at Stratford Orthotics, we are experts in foot orthotic fitting and fabrication techniques which allow us to provide the best solution for your or your child’s feet.
Each orthotic is custom-designed and created to meet the biomechanical and lifestyle needs of your foot. Foot orthotics can be used to treat a number of symptoms or disorders as well as improve athletic performance while reducing the chance of injury for athletes of in sports and athletic disciplines.
Orthotics vs. Insoles or Inserts
Custom orthotics are very different from shoe insoles or shoe inserts. Insoles, or inserts, are commonly an off-the-shelf product and are typically found in drug stores and other retail stores. They are designed to cushion your step as you walk and provide shock absorption. Although you may find them comfortable, they are not designed to treat or help prevent biomechanical problems. Some inserts may claim to provide arch support but the material they are manufactured with is too soft to provide sufficient support.
Orthotics, on the other hand, are designed to relieve pain by realigning and supporting the bones and ligaments of your foot. They are used to restoring your foot’s natural function, reduce foot pain, redistribute pressure, and prevent and cure foot problems. Our orthotics are custom made to your individual feet to ensure maximum effectiveness. No two orthotics are the same.
Orthotics Fitting Process
Referral from medical professional. If you don't have one, don't worry! You can still book an assessment and purchase custom orthotics.
A certified Pedorthist will review your physical requirements and lifestyle needs to design the most appropriate orthotics
An imprint of your foot will be taken and a 3D computerized analysis will be utilized to ensure the best possible orthotic is manufactured
An orthotics fitting appointment is scheduled for approx. 3 weeks from the time of the initial assessment. During this time, the custom orthotics are manufactured to spec.
Custom orthotics are fit to your foot. Your comfort and performance while using the orthotics is evaluated by one of our certified Pedorthists and any adjustments are made at this time.
You then use the orthotics in daily life and complete a “break-in” period (approx. 2-4 weeks). A follow-up appointment can be made at this point, if required.
Further adjustments for comfort and performance are made. Following these refinements, the orthotics are considered complete and full use of the devices can ensue.
Review & Maintenance
Orthotics should be reviewed at least once a year to ensure comfort and performance are maintained. We encourage you to schedule return visits at any time to optimize your orthotics.
Signs and Symptoms That You Might Need Orthotics
Here are some common foot problems that our custom orthotics can help alleviate. If you are suffering from one or more of these issues, Stratford Orthotics will do everything we possibly can to help you eliminate the pain.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common orthopedic complaints. Plantar fascia ligaments experience much wear and tear in daily life. Normally, these ligaments support the foot arch, connecting the heel to the front of the foot. Too much pressure on feet can damage or tear the ligaments. The plantar fascia becomes inflamed, and the inflammation causes heel pain and stiffness.
Symptoms: Most commonly described as pain in the bottom of the heel. Plantar Fasciitis is usually at its worst first thing in the morning and may improve thought the day. You may feel increased heel pain after walking long distances.
Heel Spurs are calcium deposits around the heel area of the foot that are typically caused by tension, abrasion, and or inflammation of the plantar fascia attachment to the heal.
Symptoms: The most common complaint is a dull ache and intermittent sharp pain on the inside area of the heel. Pain is typically the worst first in the morning, after rest, or after prolonged standing wearing thin soled footwear with improper support.
Flat feet is is a condition that occurs when the arch of the foot has fallen and comes in contact with the ground.
Symptoms: Collapsed Instep. The posterior tibial tendon is the main support structure of the arch. This tendon can be overloaded and can become inflamed or even torn. Years of wear and tear can weaken this tendon causing it to collapse.
An irritation that commonly affects the nerve that travels between the third and fourth toes causing pain and burning in the forefoot area.
Symptoms: The most common complaint is a feeling of walking on a marble. You can also feel sharp pain and burning in the ball of the foot. You may also feel numbness over the ball of the foot.
Bunions are commonly defined as the enlargement of the inner portion of the joint at the base of the big toe. Many studies show that bunions occur in women 10 times more frequently. It is shown that high heels and tight fitting shoes can increase the risk of bunions.
Symptoms: Big toe soreness and swelling near the base.
Some other common causes of foot pain that are not described here but can be treated and/or cured with our orthotics are: Hammertoes, Metatarsalgia, Turf Toe, Corns and Calluses, Arthritis and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
- overall foot pain
- pain on top of foot
- pain on side of foot
- ball of foot pain
- pain in arch of foot
- ankle pain
- heel pain
- bunions or hammer toe
- fallen arches or flat foot
- sore feet
- knee pain
- back pain
- hip pain
Day 1 – 1 hour with new Orthotics
Day 2 – 2 hours of usage
Day 3 – 3 hours of usage and so on, adding an hour each day
If you find you’re still uncomfortable, slow the process down by adding an additional day before extending the time wearing your orthotics. We suggest breaking the orthotics in over a 2 week period before wearing them for athletic activities.