Custom foot orthotics are medical devices that are used to help support, align, correct or protect the feet. They are prescription medical foot supports made from taking moulds of your feet and performing a full biomechanical assessment of your feet, body, and gait. They are designed to be inserted into your shoes to treat or prevent a variety of injuries, such as rheumatoid arthritis, plantar fasciitis, diabetic neuropathy, patellofemoral syndrome and metatarsalgia. They also act to make your feet more efficient at walking, standing, running and sports.
Once a referral or prescription is obtained from your physician, an appointment with a Certified Orthotist(C.O.) at Wellington Ortho & Rehab can be arranged for a full biomechanical assessment. During the assessment, the C.O. will first take a detailed history of your case including diagnosis, previous treatments, injuries, related surgeries, family history, daily activities and footwear. Then the C.O. will look carefully at your gait (walking pattern) and standing positions. This is followed by an examination of the foot structure. Any abnormalities, boney structure, swelling, deformities, and discolourations will be noted. After the assessment, the appropriateness of orthotic use will be discussed. Other factors that may be significant for the individual client will also be discussed including characteristics of proper footwear.