Orthotics is a medical device that is tailored for an individual
to correct biomechanical misalignment of the feet.
There are two basic types of mechanical abnormalities of the
Pes planus or pronated feet
are flat, flexible feet which collapse to the ground on
standing. This causes
stress on the arch leading to plantar fasciitis, and internal
rotation of the lower leg, which can lead to medial knee pain and
Pes cavus or supinated feet
are a rigid, high arched foot which lacks shock absorption and
therefore transmits forces up to the knee and hip.
The type or orthotic that is required by an
individual depends on several factors.
The type of shoe to be worn, such as a runner (high impact)
or dress shoe (lower profile); rigidness of the support (more for
sports, less for arthritic and diabetic feet); weight of the
individual (thicker plastic is needed for increased weight); top
cover length (full cover in sports and ¾ cover for dress shoes); and
special modifications (heel lifts, metatarsal pads, rear posts).
After a biomechanical assessment of your feet, a 3D
mold is taken to capture the shape of your arch in a non weight
bearing neutral position.
The mold is then shipped to our manufacturer, Kintec
footlabs, in Vancouver to be custom made.
Any further adjustments are made at no cost.
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Remember, one pair of feet takes thousands of steps
in a day and has to last a lifetime!
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