18 MarOrthotics – Do We Need Them?

Custom arch supports or foot orthotics is used to aid in correction of foot pronation (foot arch flattened inward) and high arches. Foot orthotics is also prescribed as a solution for foot pain, ITB (iliotibial band) syndrome and post-surgical foot surgeries.
What is foot orthotics? It refers to the fitting of any appliance that helps correct or support a deformity in the body. Inserts placed in the shoes are called foot orthotics. Can be custom made or as prescribed by a health practitioner or prefabricated.
How are custom orthotics made? A cast is taken of the foot and from this a custom insole is produced which fits into the shoe. A few practitioners prescribe orthotics based on having their patients impress their feet into a foam mold (either standing or sitting) which is used to construct the orthotics. Costume made orthotics can be semi-rigid or rigid. Adjustments are made to the orthotics as adding metatarsal lift, a heel or a soft channel in a specific area.
How about research comparing pre-fabricated and custom orthotics? Some research studies have compared custom and pre-fabricated orthotics, and a few indicate that custom orthotics is better than pre-fabricated. Not enough good research answers this question. Considerably are less expensive pre-fabricated orthotics is prescribed and purchase and less complicated all-around.
Running shoe stores and foot specialist emphasize that the feet are the foundation of the body and critically effect body structure. Is this true? Well, good footwear is important to the feet. Though the body is not a building and the feet are not the foundation, the architecture in motion of the body is very complicated and there is a dynamic relationship between all parts of the body’s structure. Pain syndromes have to be evaluated with an understanding of this complex relationship.
Well, do we or do we not need them? Here is my opinion: Custom orthotics is overprescribed and too early to prescribe or a substitute for understanding pain as the outcome of a complex set of factor involving the feet. Patients with pronation (a turning in of the foot in movement which is different from flat feet) or patients with high rigid arches that is in pain and might benefit from orthotics, and only after a treatment program. This goes also for patients with post-surgical pain also runners and people who stand or walk for long periods at work. Some will go for pre-fabricated off-the-shelf orthotics. A few will need custom orthotics. A few people just need good supportive footwear with good arch support.
Do you prescribe custom foot orthotics? I would occasionally prescribe a custom orthotics. A neutral casting method works the best. I don’t feel that foam-mold orthotics is accurate enough to warrant a custom prescription. Generally, rigid orthotics is less effective than semi-rigid and softer orthotics. And what your feet say? Enough talk about orthotics; how about a nice barefoot walk on the beach?

18 MarLower Back Pain And Physiotherapy

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25 FebWhy Do You Require Orthotics

orthotics ottawaThere are several reasons to mention here!

  1. Custom Foot Orthotics Ottawa have a positive impact on feet but the dual support accelerates the revival of feet. Patients seek assistance from orthotics and they are found dominating their pain and inflammation by adopting this approach. But effects do not exclude the problem 100%. The reason is that your feet needs to adjust itself to function properly along a new orientation and foot requires additional aid to eradicate pain and inflammation.
  2. Two correction levels have positive consequences! If you are receiving two levels of correction then we will serve you with lower level first. The reason behind this approach is that you can accumulate yourself to a comfortable level. If you are initializing your treatment with higher level and you are getting positive results with this approach then you can call us and exchange the lower level with higher level.
  3. Supportive shoes with 5 degree of correction will work fine for you. A 20 degree correction orthotics will serve you the same positive consequences as 25 degree orthotic do. Orthotic is designed with a very minute arch support and in some cases no arch support is present. Once the foot is adjusted with a particular support then you should use the shoes of same support until more corrections are required.
  4. Patients acquiring this technique to improve foot function finally benefit the postures. They require more help. Two pairs will lead them towards desirable outcomes and their cost issue will also be curbed.

In a nutshell whether you are ordering single pair or multiple pairs you will enjoy the positive outcomes but multiple pairs enhance the progress and treatment. The cost remains low. Subsequent orders are also welcomed if you want more corrections.

21 JanHigh Tech Shoes – are they for you?

High tech shoes generally serve the purpose of making your feet more comfortable as you perform day to day tasks. They are not custom made for every type of foot, obviously, but they are designed with comfort and shock absorption in mind. This makes them ideal for running or performing physically intensive activities, as long as you don’t already suffer from any injury or biomechanical problem.

Comfortable though they may be, and improving our gait by simply being easy to wear, they are not particularly effective means of injury prevention. This is because injury does not happen at the moment of impact unless the impact is particularly violent. Most injuries occur in the motion of the foot itself, and more often than not, in the joints, ball of the foot and the toe area, rather than at the heel, where contact with the ground first happens.
Because of this, along with the fact that excessive cushioning increases pressure in the joints, scientists are working on shoes that bend and provide a literal spring to the step, by use of micro carbon fibers that redirect pressure equally across the surface of the foot to prevent strain in the joints.

Although this research is based on sound scientific principles, there is no proof as of yet, that these shoes provide any significant injury reduction.
Other types of shoes that attempt to provide similar benefits, such as the FiveFingers shoes, are based on the principle that our feet are designed to run and walk shoeless, and emulate the shape of our feet.
These as well, provide little or no real life benefit other than comfort, in spite of being inspired by legitimate scientific research.

So what does this mean?

Simply put, while high tech shoes will provide you with extra comfort when walking or running, which is something to be desired, a dose of healthy, well informed, skepticism should be enough to steer you clear of brands that claim any kind of injury prevention as an excuse for an overinflated price tag.

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21 JanRepetitive Strain Injury


RSIs are a common problem in this day and age when we find ourselves running from place to place, doing our best to be productive and never waste any time. Unfortunately, they can become nagging and painful enough, that a lot of people turn to orthotics as a solution.

However, this is not always the best thing to do. While pyhsiotherapy ottawa serves an important purpose, that of correcting flawed biomechanics that can lead to further pain and injury, biomechanics aren’t always the cause of repetitive strain injury.

More often than not, it’s as obvious as the name suggests, and we have simply pushed our feet beyond their limit.
There are other factors to take into account, such as genetics and fitness, because some people simply have more stamina and resilience than others. Individuals that are used to great effort are less likely to suffer from strain injury because they have conditioned themselves over a long period of time to have strong feet. This comes more easily to some, but the point remains, that biomechanics are not always the source of your problems if you are suffering from RSIs.

As such, before we resort to orthotics to address such problems, a few factors need to fall into place.
Firstly, we must always consult with a doctor, and have been diagnosed with a biomechanical problem which can be corrected through the use of an orthotic.

Secondly, the diagnosed problem must relate to the cause of repeated strain injury, because the two are not commonly associated, and are most of the time completely unrelated conditions.
Thirdly, if there is a biomechanical problem, it takes priority over the repeated strain injury, and must be corrected first if this is possible. Addressing the RSI before would mean attempting to solve the consequence, and not the source of the problem.

All this is to say, while Physiotherapy Barrhaven may prove useful in your particular case, you should not rush to conclusions, and, along with a medical professional, isolate the cause and address it in an appropriate manner, because improper use of an orthotic can lead to other, more serious problems.