Here at Bloor Park Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists can fit you for orthotics. What are orthotics you ask? Well, they are custom-made shoe inserts that address gait abnormalities, decrease pain, improve overall functioning and as a bonus will last a long time. Here are a few reasons why a pair of orthotics may help you:
- Reduce Pain
Experiencing pain in your day-to-day life can be extremely frustrating. Whether pain stops you from doing an activity you love or simply bothers you all day long, orthotics are a great way to combat pain. While it may be obvious orthotics reduce foot and ankle pain, they also reduce back, knee and hip pain.
2. Correct Gait Abnormalities
Do you find that your shoes are wearing unevenly? This may be a sign that when you walk, your ankle is overpronating or supinating. Orthotics are a great way to address these issues as they provide more support, work to distribute weight evenly while moving and overall facilitate a normal gait pattern.
3. Protect Against Future Injuries
Now that you are pain free and walking normally, as a bonus, orthotics also help prevent some future injuries from occurring. Since orthotics offer added cushioning and facilitate a normal gait pattern, there is a decreased likelihood that any abnormalities will occur while walking, standing and exercising.
Even though you are going to be wearing your orthotics frequently, each pair will last anywhere from 3-5 years. That means you can walk or exercise pain free and injury free for years without worrying!
You can book a free consultation with one of our physiotherapists to begin your orthotics journey! During your appointment the physiotherapist will take a 3D scan of your foot to ensure the orthotics are custom to your needs. You can see an example of what your foot scan will look like.