Get comfortable in your own shoes.
At PhysioCare, we specialize in biomechanics, gait analysis, and custom orthotics—custom made shoe insoles are created specifically for your foot to correct abnormal or excessive movements and pressures. Effective tools in reducing pain, facilitating optimal movement patterns, and creating symmetry in your body, orthotics are used by a wide range of people looking to live more comfortably.
Who benefits from Orthotics?
Just about anyone who feels they need some type of additional support for walking or running is a good candidate. Orthotics are especially good for people who want to relieve or prevent common foot problems that are known to cause pain, swelling, and discomfort. Even those without pain can often benefit from orthotics. Here are common symptoms that indicate a need due to misalignment of the feet:
- Abnormal shoe wear. Does one side of your shoe wear down quicker than the other? Let’s talk.
- Chronic heel, knee, or lower back pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Flat feet
- Shin splints
- Frequent ankle sprains
- Gait abnormalities (when your feet point inward or outward when walking)
Why should I come to PhysioCare for my orthotics needs?
Our orthotics are corrective, not accommodative. That means our devices attempt to correct the biomechanical problems you may have. Many orthotics sold over-the-counter only accommodate to your faulty biomechanics and do not improve your mechanics. A physical therapist also looks at the entire body as a system vs. just looking at the feet as the source of the problem. Our orthotics solutions examine the entire lower extremity relationship.
Does getting orthotics involve wearing really unattractive shoes?
Fortunately, orthotics have come a long way since your grandmother’s shoes. We can create orthotics to fit most any type of shoes including tennis shoes, dress shoes, sport-specific shoes and ski boots!
Getting custom orthotics typically involves 2 appointments. The first appointment is an evaluation and casting. During this appointment, you will be evaluated in both static positions and walking (and running, if applicable). During the evaluation, you will be measured and casted to optimize your gait pattern (how you walk).
After the orthotics are made, a second appointment will allow your physical therapist to fit your orthotics into your shoes and discuss wearing the devices. Follow-up visits may be necessary for any adjustments or modifications.
Questions? Let us know!
Getting custom orthotics is a completely personalized process. Call us today to talk to speak with a specialist about your needs!