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Orthotics Benefit Cycling Mechanics

I just finished riding British Columbia’s challenging cross country mountain bike race in Pemberton BC, and events like this are a reminder to me the beating feet take while cycling.  It can commonly be thought that cycling does not stress the feet or legs because there is no impact such as in running and walking.  Cycling though is very repetitive and requires large amounts of force being generated from the gluts and quads which is then transferred through the feet and into the pedals.  Cycling shoes also stress the feet.  Generally road and cross country bike shoes are very stiff and snug fitting, not a friendly environment for feet.

What to Expect From Your Pedorthic Assessment

For your first appointment with a Canadian Certified Pedorthist, there are a fewthings you need to bring:

  • A prescription from your doctor for foot orthotics
  • A pair of your most often worn footwear.  By looking at the wear pattern at the top, bottom and insole inside of your shoes, this tells us how you walk and wear down your shoes
  • Wear loose clothing or shorts because we will be examining your feet and lower limbs

Orthotics in the Workplace

For individuals in the workforce, increased time spent on their feet can be quite fatiguing.  Often employment positions in sales, service and factory work requires individuals to stand and/or walk for eight to twelve hours a day, three to six consecutive days a week.  Eventually the demands placed on the body leave the worker with sore and achy feet and legs, especially by the end of the day.  Unfortunately for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, they may also experience pain first thing in the morning. Rest is often part of the solution, but not always practical.

Winning the Race with Orthotics

Last week we started to dispel the myth that orthotics are just for senior citizens. Don’t get me wrong – orthotics can certainly help seniors to improve their balance and foot comfort – but they can also help athletes!

For athletes, constantly improving their function and form is crucial to achieve winning results.  In cases where an athlete or highly active individual has an abnormal walking or “gait” pattern, orthotics may provide assistance.

Orthotics can help Kids’ Growing Pains

Contrary to what some might think, orthotics are not just for grandparents. They are useful devices for people with diabetes and arthritis and in supporting foot wound care; but orthotics aren’t just for old people. Orthotics can help people of all ages – even children!

As children grow, many will experience minor leg aches and some soreness. This is considered “growing pains”, a normal part of childhood and oftentimes does not seem to faze the child, parent or physician.  However, some children experience true pain.  Often after a day of high activity, a child may experience sharp, nagging and/or deep pain in the shins, calves and/or thighs.  This pain often presents itself at night. Children wake up from sleep or have difficulty falling asleep, crying because of the pain. Parents are then left to console their child with leg rubs, hot packs and pain medication.  By morning, the child often feels better, but in some cases, they feel stiff until they get moving.

Winter Vacations and Your Feet

Winter time is here and with that comes tropical winter vacations.  A time when we shed our thick jackets, long underwear and winter boots for shorts, tank tops and sandals.  All too often as Pedorthists we see people go off to their vacations and come back with foot injuries.  There are a combination of factors involved in an increased rate of foot injuries during winter vacations:

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