Custom Made Foot Orthotics

Foot Orthotics

Custom Foot Orthotics

 

Foot Orthotics are orthopaedic devices that help change and/or control biomechanical insufficiencies throughout the kinetic chain of the client's base of support. At Garnet Orthopedic Solutions, we are experts in foot orthotic fitting and fabrication techniques which allow us to provide the best solution for you. Whether a custom orthotic, over the counter orthotic, shoe modification or collaboration with another clinician at The OEV Health Quarters we strive to find your solution.  

Orthotics vs. Insoles or Inserts

 

Custom orthotics are very different from footbeds that come with footwear or over the counter orthotics. Insoles, or inserts, are commonly an off-the-shelf product and are typically found in drug stores and other retail stores. They are designed to cushion your step as you walk and provide shock absorption. Although you may find them comfortable, they are not designed to treat or help prevent biomechanical problems to the extent a custom orthotic can assist with.

Orthotics, are designed to relieve pain by realigning and supporting the bones and ligaments of your foot. They restore your foot’s natural function, reduce foot pain, redistribute pressure, and prevent and accommodate foot problems. Our orthotics are custom made to your individual feet to ensure maximum effectiveness. No two orthotics are the same.

Orthotics Fitting Process

Custom Foot Orthotics

 

Foot Orthotics are orthopaedic devices that help change and/or control biomechanical insufficiencies throughout the kinetic chain of the client's base of support. At Garnet Orthopedic Solutions, we are experts in foot orthotic fitting and fabrication techniques which allow us to provide the best solution for you. Whether a custom orthotic, over the counter orthotic, shoe modification or collaboration with another clinician at The OEV Health Quarters we strive to find your solution.  

Orthotics vs. Insoles or Inserts

 

Custom orthotics are very different from footbeds that come with footwear or over the counter orthotics. Insoles, or inserts, are commonly an off-the-shelf product and are typically found in drug stores and other retail stores. They are designed to cushion your step as you walk and provide shock absorption. Although you may find them comfortable, they are not designed to treat or help prevent biomechanical problems to the extent a custom orthotic can assist with.

Orthotics, are designed to relieve pain by realigning and supporting the bones and ligaments of your foot. They restore your foot’s natural function, reduce foot pain, redistribute pressure, and prevent and accommodate foot problems. Our orthotics are custom made to your individual feet to ensure maximum effectiveness. No two orthotics are the same.

Orthotics Fitting Process

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 Referral
 

Prescription from medical doctor. If you don't have one, don't worry! You can still book an assessment. 

Initial Assessment

 

A certified Pedorthist will review your medical history, assess your physical requirements and lifestyle needs to design the most appropriate orthotic.

Foot Casting

 

A 3D imprint of your foot will be taken with your foot in a corrected position to achieve maximum comfort and alignment. 

Manufacturing

 

Following the specifics of the pedorothist's orthotic

design the orthotic will be manufactured through traditional methods, CNC milling, or 3D printed depending on the clients individual needs 

and returned within one week.

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Fitting Appointment

 

Your custom orthotics are fit to  appropriate footwear with consultation on short and long term expectations and outcomes.

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Break-In Period

When wearing new orthotics, a break-in period may be need for your body and brain to adjust to the new alignment over a 2 - 4 week period.

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 Follow-Up Appointment

 

Our staff will follow-up within two weeks of your fitting appointment to ensure proper use, comfort, and outcomes are being achieved.


 

Review & Maintenance
Orthotics should be reviewed at least once a year to ensure comfort and performance are maintained. We encourage you to schedule return visits at any time to optimize your orthotics.

 

Review & Maintenance

 

For any questions regarding maintenance, refurbishment, or desired outcome, we encourage you to contact us at your convenience. 

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Signs and Symptoms That You Might Need Orthotics

Plantar Fasciitis

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Morning heel pain or heel pain after rest.

Symptoms: Pain in the heels that begins from your first few steps in the morning or after being off of your feet for a long time with a duration of 5 minutes or longer.

Plantar fasciitis is a common ailment seen by foot care specialists. The most common symptoms is pain in the heel during the first few steps in the morning as one gets out of bed. Some people, also experience pain anytime they are non weight-bearing for more than fifteen minutes, and rise to a weight-bearing positoin. The pain, or discomfort, can be felt at the plantar fascia insertion point, up through the arch, just before the balls of the feet. This pain mimics a tearing like feeling when weight-bearing first occurs, which is scar tissue being torn from the micro-trauma caused the previous day, or weight-bearing event. Depending on the damage caused, recovery can take a few days, or up to a few weeks. Fortunately, custom orthotics show a high a success rate to alieve the pain of plantar fasciitis.

Heel Spurs

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​Heel Spurs are calcium deposits around the heel area of the foot that are typically caused by tension, abrasion, and or inflammation of the plantar fascia attachment to the heal.

Symptoms: The most common complaint is a dull ache and intermittent sharp pain on the inside area of the heel. Pain is typically the worst first in the morning, after rest, or after prolonged standing wearing thin soled footwear with improper support.

Flat Feet

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Flat feet is is a condition that ​occurs when the arch of the foot has fallen and comes in contact with the ground.

Symptoms: Collapsed Instep. The posterior tibial tendon is the main support structure of the arch. This tendon can be overloaded and can become inflamed or even torn. Years of wear and tear can weaken this tendon causing it to collapse.

Morton's Neuroma

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An irritation that commonly affects the nerve that travels between the third and fourth toes causing pain and burning in the forefoot area.

Symptoms: The most common complaint is a feeling of walking on a marble. You can also feel sharp pain and burning in the ball of the foot. You may also feel numbness over the ball of the foot.

Morton's neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly, but not limited to, the area between your third and fourth toes. Morton's neuroma may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock. Other symptoms are: “pins and needles'' feeling in the toes, an electric shock feeling, or numbness. A qualified foot care specialist can offer relief. Please watch the video for more information with tips on shoe choices, exercises and other solutions.

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Bunions

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Bunions are commonly defined as the enlargement of the inner portion of the joint at the base of the big toe. Many studies show that bunions occur in women 10 times more frequently. It is shown that high heels and tight fitting shoes can increase the risk of bunions.

Symptoms: Big toe soreness and swelling near the base.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs foot orthotics?

Most people from a wide range of ages can benefit from custom manufactured orthotics. Some common symptoms that can be alleviated with orthotics are:

  • overall foot pain

  • pain on top of foot

  • pain on side of foot

  • ball of foot pain

  • pain in arch of foot

  • ankle pain

  • heel pain

  • bunions or hammer toe

  • fallen arches or flat foot

  • sore feet

  • knee pain

  • back pain

  • hip pain

Do I need a prescription from my doctor for orthotics?

If you have extended medical coverage and you are planning on using it to cover the cost or partial cost of orthotics, most medical plans require that you obtain a prescription from your family doctor. This prescription will have to be sent to your insurance provider with invoice for orthotics and your gait analysis with proof of payment and receipt in order for you to qualify to receive your benefits.

Is there a break-in period when I get my new orthotics?

Yes, as your feet and body are not accustomed to using custom foot orthotics, you will be required to break them in over a period of time. The orthotics may feel uncomfortable initially as you begin to adjust to them. We suggest that the following be done.

Day 1 – 1 hour with new Orthotics
Day 2 – 2 hours of usage
Day 3 – 3 hours of usage and so on, adding an hour each day

If you find you’re still uncomfortable, slow the process down by adding an additional day before extending the time wearing your orthotics. We suggest breaking the orthotics in over a 2 week period before wearing them for athletic activities.

When should I wear my orthotics?

Wearing your orthotics all the time will benefit you the most. If your daily routine requires different levels of activity and footwear we suggest moving the orthotics from shoe to shoe or getting additional orthotics to accommodate your lifestyle.

How can I clean my orthotics?

We recommend cleaning your orthotics with a dish cloth and warm water when required. A mild dish soap can be used, then rinsed with warm water.

Will orthotics help me with my athletic activities like hockey or golf?

Foot orthotics will realign your lower kinetic chain allowing your muscles to perform at their optimal level, help prevent injury, and reduce long term wear and tear on your knees, hips and back.