Pedorthists assess, design, modify, and fit custom foot orthotics and footwear to assist in lower extremity conditions and discomfort or pain.
Some common foot and lower extremity problems include, arthritis, diabetes, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, bunions/bunionettes. As well as shin splints, claw or hammer toes, leg length discrepancies, sports injuries, and metatarsalgia.
Once prescribed by a physician, Canadian Certified Pedorthists can perform an assessment to look at the whole ‘mechanical foot’ and provide the correct treatment.
A custom foot orthotic is an appliance that replaces the existing insole of a shoe to support, correct, accommodate and prevent foot abnormalities to improve the mechanics and function of the foot. When used with appropriate footwear, a custom foot orthotic can be effective to treat a variety of foot and lower extremity conditions including heel, arch, forefoot, knee, hip, and low back pain, as well as shin splints, tendonitis, arthritis and much more. A custom foot orthotics can be manufactured from different materials to fit your desired footwear, from dress shoes to protective footwear, and a variety of sporting footwear such as ski boots and ice skates.