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Ask an Expert About Off-the-Shelf Orthotics

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If you have ever experienced foot or knee pain you may have been tempted to ease your discomfort by purchasing a foot orthotic from your local pharmacy or sports store. Like store bought reading glasses, these mass produced orthotics may provide the necessary support or cushioning you require to get relief. However, if your store bought orthotic is not easing your lower limb pain, or only providing limited relief, it is time for you to book an appointment with a Canadian Certified Pedorthist.

Off-the-shelf orthotics can help to treat some foot and lower limb problems but they are not all created equal.  Some are more supportive than others and some do not fit, or help, certain foot types and foot conditions. If an off-the-shelf orthotic is not working for you, consult with a foot expert.

A Canadian Certified Pedorthist can advise whether a mass produced orthotic is appropriate or if a custom orthotic is required. Similar to prescription glasses, a custom-made orthotic requires a prescription and is constructed specifically for a patient’s unique and specific needs. Your doctor provides the prescription and a Pedorthist will construct it.

Whether an off-the-shelf orthotic is sufficient, or a custom orthotic is required, a Pedorthist will make sure it fits correctly and will recommend appropriate footwear since this type of support is only as good as the shoes they are worn in.

Submitted by: Elisa Harrison, C. Ped Tech (C), C. Ped (C), Guelph, ON

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