Guelph: (519) 823-1450
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You have foot pain and you keep hearing about custom foot orthotics? “Will they help me?” you wonder. When you start asking around, and talking to your friends and coworkers, you will find that many people are successfully wearing foot orthotics in their shoes for their activities as well as everyday life. But then some people will tell you about their negative experience, and that orthotics are a waste of money, won't help and will cause you more pain and problems in the long run.
Who is right? The truth is that, when done properly, with the proper exams, assessments and follow-up care, custom foot orthotics play a vital role in medicine today. They add a new dimension in the treatment and prevention of overuse injuries in the feet, legs, knees, hips and back.
Custom have been used successfully for decades to treat problems such as plantar fasciits, metatarsalgia and neuromas (pain in the ball of your foot), big toe joint pain, tendinitis and tendon dysfunction, flat foot, ankle instability, arch pain, tarsal tunnel pain, corns, callus, bunions and many other similar foot and leg problems. All of these can all be controlled with, and symptoms often eliminated with custom orthotics. Custom orthotics are also very helpful in reducing and eliminating symptoms caused by painful arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Diabetics are also often prescribed orthotics to balance weight distribution in the foot to help in prevention of long term diabetic foot complications.
Despite all this, there is still so much confusion around what orthotics are, what they can and cannot do, along with who really needs them.
In Ontario, orthotics are not regulated by any government control. This has lead to many un-trained, un-regulated and un-licenced orthotic clinics and providers. This has therefore resulted in many unhappy and confused patients. Patients whose problems were not treated adequately, and had no follow-up care and didn't know, or couldn't do anything about it.
When purchasing or even considering orthotics, it is important to go to a trained, regulated health professional. Chiropodists and podiatrists are government regulated, licensed and trained specifically for many years in the assessment and treatment of foot disorders. Pedorthists and orthotists are also a good option and are well qualified. However the profession of pedorthists/ orthotists is currently not regulated or licenced in the province of Ontario.
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