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Why do I have Flat Feet?

By |November 8, 2021|

Firstly, what is a flat foot? A flat foot, or a pes planus type foot is basically a foot that, when bearing weight has little or no arch. The foot contains 26 bones, 30 joints and over 100 muscles tendons and ligaments, and that’s just one foot! Everyone is born with flat feet, as the arches don’t start to develop until we start learning to walk. Age six is the usual time that we should have a fairly stable arch, however, about two out of ten will maintain their flat [...]

Simple Shoe Tricks for Children’s Footwear

By |November 8, 2021|

If your children have issues with footwear, there are a few tips and tricks that can be used to help with fitting their feet in shoes. Some common problems are heel slippage, shoes feeling too big, problems tying shoes and holes developing on the inside of the shoe. Problem:  Your children's heels slip in their shoes when they walk and are active. Solution:  Fill in the gap under the top of the tongue where the laces are tightened or the Velcro is fastened. There are stick-on felt pads that can [...]

Diabetes: When is there Cause for Concern?

By |November 8, 2021|

When buying shoes as a diabetic, it is always wise to seek assistance from a Canadian Certified Pedorthist to choose your footwear. This article will cover with some worst-case scenarios; however, every diabetic should be aware of these issues. Education is power! When fitting shoes, a very important question is whether or not you are diabetic. If yes, is there a possible neuropathy, and have there been blood circulation or nerve conductive tests done? When dealing with diabetic feet, the importance of a proper shoe fitting by a knowledgeable professional [...]

Pigeon Toe (In-Toeing) & Children

By |November 8, 2021|

Parents can get concerned when they see their child in-toeing (pigeon-toed). In-toeing means that when a child walks or runs, the feet turn inward instead of pointing straight ahead. It is commonly referred to as being “pigeon-toed”. In-toeing is often first noticed by parents when a baby begins walking. When babies start walking, they have a different way of walking, and they gradually adopt to the “adult” way of walking in about two years. A lot of the issues that cause the appearance will resolve in the next few years. [...]

Different Orthotic Styles

By |September 7, 2021|

The custom foot orthotic style begins with an appointment with you and your Canadian Certified Pedorthist. To help determine how your custom foot orthotics will help you best, your primary area of complaint (pain) is the central focus! Orthotic Design The material creating the arch support is made to match the contours of the bottom of your feet. A middle layer can provide additional cushioning and comfort, as well as additional support. The top layer (cover) is the layer that contacts your foot directly. This layer can be thin or [...]

Soft vs. Hard Orthotics

By |September 7, 2021|

Isn’t it true that hard orthotics are inconvenient? Soft orthotics, without a doubt, are more comfortable. So, which type is the best? These are very common questions that can be answered in a different way. Assessing someone’s need for orthotics, begins with necessity and function rather than material preference. So, what is your best option? Is it better to have soft or hard foot orthotics? How can you tell whether your feet need a hard plastic orthotic or a soft orthotic? It all depends on the situation. Sometimes, a client’s [...]

How Orthotics Are Made

By |September 7, 2021|

Custom foot orthotics are supportive devices inserted in footwear that help to control the biomechanical functioning of the foot. In turn, this can affect the functioning of the lower limbs, which can help to deal with issues besides the foot, such as ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. Casting the Feet Orthotics are made from casts of the feet of which there are several methods used today. Whichever process used, the goal is to capture a three-dimensional copy of the bottom surface of the feet, which is used as a [...]

Back To School Shoe Shopping for Kids

By |September 3, 2021|

Read this article for shoe shopping tips and tricks for growing feet and expanding minds. When buying footwear for kids, the support, fit, and comfort of the shoe will be the most important to keep up with their active lifestyles. Support Before trying shoes on, physically test and assess the footwear with your hands. First, squeeze the back heel of the shoes wrapping your thumb and your middle finger around the heel cup of the shoe and squeeze the sides. Then push the very back of the heel counter with [...]

Meet a Pedorthist – Ish Sehmbey, C. Ped (C)

By |June 9, 2021|

In her fourth year at Simon Fraser University, Ish took a course that required her to complete a practicum at an Orthopaedic Clinic. Working with an Orthotist and Pedorthist inspired Ish to follow a career path into Pedorthics. This path has led Ish to become an owner at BioPed in Surrey, British Columbia. Helping patients with pain is the most rewarding part of Pedorthics for Ish. Helping patients resume and continue with their daily activities brings her joy and satisfaction. Mentoring other apprentices to help them on the first steps [...]

What Every Senior Should Know About Orthotics

By |June 4, 2021|

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Orthotics in 5 Steps

By |June 4, 2021|

Getting used to orthotics in 5 easy steps (number tbd) – overview of benefits of orthotics plus tips for getting used to wearing orthotics including gradually increasing wear time, follow up appointment to check for fit, be patient (how long should wait t Orthotics have the benefit of supporting the feet that need that. If a person's arches have fallen, it can cause pain in the arch, ankle or even the knee. Correcting this issue can help relieve pain that a person experiences. Orthotics are also good at providing shock [...]

Orthotics vs OTC Orthotics

By |June 4, 2021|

Lower limb pain is no joke. Aches and pains that make your day uncomfortable or unbearable can cause issues to both your work day and leisure time. Whether it be hereditary, from spending many hours on our feet, or from an injury there are many different tools that can help with this pain. Orthotics, whether they are custom or not, are geared towards creating small changes in our lower limb biomechanics (how we move), in hopes of reducing pressure in areas that are causing pain. In this post we’ll go [...]

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