Pedorthics is the practice of assessing, modifying, designing and fitting of both custom foot orthotics and footwear to assist in a variety of lower extremity conditions and discomfort or pain. Some common foot and lower extremity problems include, arthritis, diabetes, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, bunions/bunionettes, 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.