Orthotics, Proactive Podiatry Practices

Are you suffering from body pain?

Your body's alignment begins at the feet, so minor or major differences can impact your whole body. Improper alignment and gait can lead to the following:

  • Foot Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • What will happen during my appointment?

    What are Orthotics?

    A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes - they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle. Custom orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole - and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet. Orthotics aim to help with the following problems:

    • Control biomechanical alignment
    • Correct or accomodate deformity
    • Protect and support an injury
    • Assist rehabilitation
    • Reduce Pain
    • Increase mobility
    • Increase independence

    Proactive Podiatry Practice currently stock the following ranges of orthotic:

    TOG Custom Made
    The Orthotic Group

    Custom Made orthotics are the most recommended at our clinics. Our GaitScan™ System is a revolutionary diagnostic tool for assessing patient's biomechanics. GaitScan™ has an industry high 4096 sensors and scans at an industry high 300Hz (scans per second). These measurements provide us with a sophisticated explanation of foot mechanics and assists them with orthotic and/or shoe solutions. Good footwear should ideally be supportive and ideally hold or maintain the foot in its ideal neutral position. Naturally a good fitting shoe is essential, we can also advise you on any footwear modifications that you may necessary. E.g. your shoes may need to be stretched to accommodate bunions or hammer toes. In addition - you may require some padding or insoles/orthotics in your shoes to help to walk or run more comfortably.

    Dr. Comfort Custom Made

    Custom Made orthotics are the most recommended at our clinics. The Dr. Comfort Scan uses a 3D laser scanner to produce imagery of your feet with pinpoint accuracy. These images are then used to design and create custom orthotics and footwear from a wide range, easily viewable in our clinics.

    Ready Made

    Ready made orthotics are available in all clinics. More information on ready made orthotics will be available soon.

Who Needs Custom Orthotics?

The symptoms of poor foot mechanics can include any one of the following:
  • Localized foot pain
  • Bunions, hammer toes
  • Arch/heel pain
  • Leg/knee pain
  • Hip or back pain - even neck pain

What Can I Do?

We can prescribe custom orthotics to help correct your specific foot and body imbalance. You can help us by discussing any nagging foot, leg, or back problems, and even by simply asking if your feet could be part of the problem.

Should I Wear My Custom Orthotics All The Time?

The longer you wear your custom orthotics the more benefit you will get out of them. If your daily activities vary to the extent that you change your footwear, then you should have a second pair of custom orthotics designed for that specific activity. (I.e. going to the gym after work)

Why Do My New Custom Orthotics Feel Uncomfortable?

Since the custom orthotic works to realign the structure of your foot you may feel pressure in some areas as the custom orthotic attempts to do its job. For this reason custom orthotics should be worn in two hour intervals and slowly extend the wear time over a period of two weeks.

What Kind Of Shoe Do I Need For My Custom Orthotics?

For the most part any shoe that has a removable insole will work with your custom orthotic. Just remove the insole that came with the shoe and replace it with the custom orthotic. TOG also offers a carefully-selected line of footwear that can accomodate custom orthotics, as well as custom sandals and clogs that have your prescribed device built right in.

Will My Muscles Get Weaker Wearing Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics will not reduce muscles tone. They will help position your foot so you will be using the right muscles at the right time, minimizing fatigue and allowing your muscles to be used more efficiently.