What are custom orthotics?
Orthotics are insoles that are inserted into the bottom of shoes to help support your feet. They can either be worn on top of the shoes’ existing insoles or can replace them. Custom orthotics are specially made inserts that are customized to fit your foot and shoe based on your height, weight, foot shape, and gait pattern.
How are custom orthotics fitted to my feet?
At Rebound Sport and Spine, we use a thorough multi-step process to ensure that custom orthotics are right for you and ensure that they meet your individual needs.
The process always starts with a clinical history to determine why orthotics are needed, followed by a biomechanical exam of your foot and ankle, and any other areas of interest as needed. Once this is completed, and if it has been determined that orthotics are right for you, a 3D imprint is taken of each foot. We will then use a specially designed pressure plate to capture a dynamic gait scan, which gives an accurate picture of where you apply pressure across your foot during normal walking and allows for a higher level of customization to the orthotic. All of this information is then used to make your one-off set of orthotics.
What can custom orthotics help with?
Custom orthotics can help with a wide variety of pain or dysfunction in the lower body and it is important to discuss with your practitioner whether orthotics are recommended in your specific case. Some of the most common conditions that custom orthotics can help with include (but are not limited to):
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel pain
- Achilles tendinopathy/tendinitis
- Shin splint
- Foot pain
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- IT band syndrome
- Hip pain
- Back pain
If you feel pain in the lower body with activity, custom orthotics may be able to help!
How do custom orthotics work?
Custom orthotics mostly help to reduce soft tissue vibration and improve sensory feedback from the foot and ankle, both of which aid in proper muscle activation and pain reduction. Essentially, orthotics can help your body support itself actively instead of just providing support passively.