Custom Foot Orthotics

Custom Foot Orthotics

Even the slightest problem with your feet can lead to irregular foot function.  If left untreated, the way you walk can impact your knees, hips, and spine.  In order to correct irregularities, the team at Carling Chiropractic may recommend custom foot orthotics.

Custom foot orthotics are insoles made from the precise imprints of your feet.  While the finished product may look like regular insoles, orthotics are indeed medical grade equipment.  They will fit into your shoes just as comfortably as store-bought insoles, but will address and correct your specific foot imbalances.

When To Consider Custom Foot Orthotics
Commonly seen characteristics may indicate the need for custom-made foot orthotics. These ailments can include:

– Pes Planus, otherwise known as flatfoot
– Shin Splints, Stress Fractures, and Hamstring Strains
– Morton’s Neuroma
– Metatarsalgia
– Chronic Knee Pain and Patellofemoral Syndrome
– Postural Imbalances, including Scoliosis

How Does Carling Chiropractic Address Foot Complaints?
Our examination begins with a history of the foot, lower leg, pelvic and/or spinal complaint.  Our goal is to establish how your complaint progressed to the current stage.  We complete a biomechanical examination of both feet and lower extremities.  We evaluate the motion of the joints and the ailments of the bone segments in order to determine if the problem is causing overuse stress on the muscles, tendons, or ligaments.  Overuse can lead to pain, tissue damage, or instability.

A gait analysis is done to examine how you walk or run, and enables our team to properly understand how your feet work when weight-bearing.  All information gathered during the analysis will determine if an orthotic is warranted.  If a custom foot orthotic is required, impressions of the feet are cast while in a non-weight bearing neutral position.  The casted mold is sent to an orthotic lab, where your custom crafted insole is manufactured.

Are Orthotics Right For You?
We all have unique feet.  To find out if yours are helping achieve optimal health from your head to your toes, call Carling Chiropractic’s Ottawa clinic at 613.828.1494.  Happy, healthy feet are worth the investment.