Today’s world is full of a lot of different health care advice, especially relative to your feet: wear these shoes, don’t do this, try this therapy, etc. In an effort to help guide your walk through your health care journey – pun intended! – Laura, Canadian Certified Pedorthist and orthotic specialist, is going to debunk 5 myths that you may have heard about custom made orthotics.
Myth #1: All footwear inserts are the same
No way! There are over the counter insoles and custom orthotics. Over the counter insoles come in an array of materials – from gel cushioning to moderate support. Custom orthotics are made specific to you and materials are chosen based on a variety of factors. Not everyone needs custom, and not everyone can get by with over the counter. Laura is happy to assess you and determine which route is best for your needs.
Myth #2: All providers are the same
Definitely not. These days it seems that there is someone offering custom orthotics on every corner: chiropodists, chiropractors, cruise ships salespeople, Costco employees. Canadian Certified Pedorthists are trained specifically in the manufacturing process of the orthotics, allowing us to make onsite adjustments if necessary and a true custom made device. If you aren’t offered a full indepth lower body assessment and gait analysis, the provider is probably not offering the best orthotic out there.
Myth #3: You can only wear your orthotics in one pair of shoes
This could not be further from the truth! If a provider tells you that you must purchase multiple pairs of orthotics or footwear (or is throwing them in for free), you likely aren’t seeing a legitimate orthotic professional. One pair of orthotics should be able to move around from shoe to shoe fairly easily. Yes, you may need a different style of orthotic for your high heels versus your running shoe, but for the most part the orthotics are versatile enough to fit the majority of the shoes in your closet.
Myth #4: Orthotics only help with foot pain
False. Yes, orthotics help with pain in your heels, balls of the feet and arches BUT did you know they can relieve pressure further up the kinetic chain as well? Osteoarthritis in the knees and ankles, lower back pain when standing or walking and pain through the hips can all be addressed with a custom orthotic to change how you are walking.
Myth #5: If I get orthotics I don’t have to do physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, etc.
Not true! Depending on the condition, you will likely see the best results if you use your orthotics in combination with one of these types of therapy. In fact, Laura generally suggests one of these providers to visit to get you feeling your best in the shortest about of time. Typically speaking, the pain you are feeling is caused by a poor walking pattern which has caused an imbalance of forces or muscle development elsewhere. If we can correct how you walk and simultaneously work on evening out these imbalances, your healing time is much quicker.
If you would like a no-obligation assessment to discuss your needs please call your nearest clinic.
Laura Van den Borre,