• Dr. Monica Ngo

The Advantages of Custom Orthotics | Unity Spine and Health


Orthotics are often one part of a treatment regimen for many foot and ankle concerns. For example, a doctor may prescribe orthotics in conjunction with treatments such as more supportive shoes and physical therapy exercises.


Custom Orthotics Have a Lot of Advantages


Our feet serve as the basis for the rest of our bodies. Any issues or dysfunction in the foot can affect the ankles, knees, hips, pelvis, and lower back. Having an issue with your feet is similar to having a problem with your house's foundation. You can repair the fractures and damage above, but the problems will persist unless you restore the foundation.


In the same way that chiropractic care focuses on treating the cause of the problem rather than the symptoms, custom orthotics do the same. Having a well-balanced and rotating set of tires on your car is equivalent to having optimal gait/walking. If you ignore foot problems for too long and simply treat the discomfort in the areas above (lower back, knees and hips), the problems will return.


Uses and Benefits of Orthotics


Not only people with foot problems can benefit from custom-made orthotics. Foot dysfunction and gait, and walking disorders, can cause a slew of lower back and pelvic problems.


Custom orthotics will certainly assist most working individuals who are on their feet for long periods. Nurses, manufacturing workers, labourers, couriers, and anyone constantly on the go while wearing unpleasant footwear will most certainly benefit.


Those with arthritis, diabetes, sciatica, lower back pain, pelvic pain and chronic pain may benefit. By enhancing circulation, minimizing wear and tear, and improving walking and gait, orthotics helps to relieve discomfort and pressure on the foot and ankle.


Athletes from all sports can benefit greatly from orthotics. Athletes with gait and foot dysfunction are more likely to suffer from ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis (flat foot), tendinopathies, and even turf toes. Custom orthotics address the underlying source of these symptoms by ensuring that the athlete's foot and ankle function is optimal, reducing the risk of future injuries.


How Are Orthotics Customized for Your Feet?


Each person's condition is taken into consideration when creating custom orthotics! Because no two persons are alike, no two orthotics will be identical.


The unique Metascan technology from Footmaxx is used to evaluate how you move with your feet. This pressure-sensitive device measures the pressure in each foot as you walk and displays it along with other information to help your chiropractor determine what's wrong. To assess your specific needs, we also conduct a full foot and lower body examination. Finally, we use the Footmaxx Laser Scanner to perform a highly accurate 3D scan of your foot to identify its exact shape. Human error, which was widespread in traditional foam box technologies, is no longer a problem. We can make an exact pair for your demands and conditions based on this information.


We will always check in with you to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your orthotics!


For more information about custom orthotics in London, call Unity Spine and Health at (226) 223-2437 or visit our website at unityspinehealth.ca for more details.


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