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By Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch
May 27, 2014
Category: Flat Feet

Orthotics to Help Flat FeetAre your feet tired of waiting for the weather to warm up? They may be aching for a vacation, to feel the sand between their toes and the bliss that comes with wearing airy sandals. However, make sure the aching stops there. Before you retreat, think about how walking during your weekend getaway will affect your arches—or lack thereof. If you decide to head to the sunny south, consider your flat feet and orthotics.

Flat feet don’t normally cause problems, but they can put more stress on other parts of your body when they overpronate. When you’re walking long distances to get to the beach, the next tourist store, or the seafood restaurant, any extra pressure can be magnified. You might start to feel pain in your ankles, arches, calves, knees, hips, and back because your feet are rolling inward too much.

Now that you get the picture (and it’s not a pretty one) it would be a good time to think about custom orthotics. These rigid supports will keep you from overpronating. At Achilles Custom Orthotics & Footcare, we can create some added comfort that will slip right into your shoes, prevent your ankles from rolling in, and give you fast relief.

If you decide to get a shoe insert from the store, remember that orthotics cannot magically give you an arch. In fact, a thick-arched insert will only hurt your feet, since your structure isn’t designed for that. Look for a design with a deep heel cup to control motion, a slight arch to better direct pressure, and some metatarsal pads to cushion the stress on the front of your foot. Our custom orthotics are a better option—designed for your particular feet. Before your vacation, you’ll want to make sure that your flat feet and orthotics work together. Break them in by gradually increasing the amount of time you wear them.

If you have painful flat feet, schedule an appointment at Achilles Custom Orthotics & Footcare in Cambridge, ON, by calling (519) 624-4122. We can give your feet a “vacation” from any strain or pain!


By Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch
May 19, 2014
Category: Orthotics

Orthotics for Work ShoesDoes your job involve a lot of standing? At first, you probably didn’t think that small detail would affect your life. Now, it’s probably all you think about, right? Your feet hurt constantly and it’s starting to feel like you’re working overtime, bringing your foot problems home and into your everyday life. Activities planned for Victoria Day—parades, family get-togethers, and picnics—are starting to sound more like a chore than fun. It’s hard for other people to grasp what you’re going through, but we understand completely at Achilles Custom Orthotics and Footcare. In fact, we can provide you with orthotics shoe inserts that will take care of the pain that’s distracting you.

The most detrimental stage of the gait cycle is the standing period. Your feet are under constant pressure from the weight of your body pushing down, and from the contact of your heels on the hard ground. Excessive pronation, putting too much pressure on the inside or outside of your foot, can put an uneven amount of stress on your arches, heels, toes, and ankles. When you are over or under pronating, your body has to adjust to an unnatural position, which throws your entire frame off balance and may also cause pain in your legs, knees, and lower back. Standing also decreases blood flow to your lower limbs, which increases soreness and fatigue. Some people develop chronic plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, from working in these conditions day in and day out.

You wouldn’t think you would need an insert for your shoe just to stand around, but it will greatly improve your problem. Orthotics can correct your stance and provide cushion, easing your pain at work and at home. We offer rigid models that realign your foot and body to the proper position, and softer models that give you more comfort and absorb shock. These devices slip right into your shoe and should provide immediate relief.

Focus on your job, not your pain. Call Chiropodist Douglas Broad at Achilles Custom Orthotics and Footcare at (519) 624-4122 to order a specially-made pair of supports. 


By Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch
May 12, 2014
Category: Orthotics

Custom Orthotics vs Premade OrthoticsU.S. vs. Canada, Coke vs. Pepsi, or Facebook vs. Twitter—you can find a rivalry anywhere you look. However, have you considered the battle of custom orthotics vs. premade orthotics? They both work, but the premade versions only treat mild pain. When you have severe problems, visit Achilles Custom Orthotics & Footcare to get a device designed for you.

Shoe inserts are the pre-packaged models you see in grocery and convenience stores. Usually, they sell inserts for heels, arches, or entire insoles that just add some extra cushion in your step. Even if the brands offer customized inserts to match the shape of your foot, they aren’t the same as a custom orthotic device that is prescribed by a chiropodist.

Custom orthotics are specifically tailored for you. An orthotic is only prescribed after a chiropodist looks over your feet and diagnoses your problem in the office. We can correct conditions like plantar fasciitis, diabetic foot complications, and other foot pain by matching the exact contours of your feet. Functional orthotics are semi-rigid structures that will correct your irregular foot motion that leads to shin splints and foot pain. Accommodative orthotics are softer, cushioned soles that help diabetic foot ulcers and calluses.

The two types of foot support differ in price. The orthotics are more expensive than their drug store insert counterparts. However, the comfort of uniquely formed insoles may be worth your money if you’re in a great deal of pain. They also differ in their uses. Inserts aren’t totally bad; they can give you the support you need. Still, they can’t align your feet so you strike the ground correctly.

If you just need a little support, inserts could do the trick. However, when it comes to custom orthotics vs. premade orthotics for chronic and severe pain, pick orthotics. Chiropodist Douglas Broad at Achilles Custom Orthotics & Footcare is trained to examine your feet and design the support you need. Call our office in Cambridge, ON, at (519) 624-4122 or schedule an appointment on our website.


Heel Pain Treatment Options in Cambridge, ONIt seems as if everywhere you look these days, someone’s running a 5K or a marathon. You might even be planning to run the 28th Annual Cambridge Times Rotary Classic on Sunday, May 25. The only problem: you have heel pain. In order to get to that trophy at the end, not to mention the delicious pizza, you’ll need be prepared with the right shoe support and adequate rest before the race. With those precautionary measures, staying active with heel pain won’t be as hard as you think.  

Heel pain’s most common cause, plantar fasciitis, is characterized by a sharp pain that you feel with your first steps in the morning. It could also happen after you’ve been sitting for a while. You could damage your plantar fascia—the tissue that joins your heel bone to your toes—during activities, like running or dancing, that put a lot of sudden impact on the heel. If you’re older, you’re prone to develop this condition over time.

The discomfort might go away temporarily, but it will come back. The best thing you can do is rest the area. You can also do some stretches to keep the area warmed up. If you’re used to long distance running or other intense activities, you might not be able to sit for long. If you feel the need to get out and exercise, try low-impact training like riding a bike, swimming, or hiking.

You’ll also need proper shoes to ensure that your problem doesn’t get worse. Look for a pair that cushions your heel and gives good arch support. At Achilles Custom Orthotics & Footcare, we can create custom orthotics by using our laser and contact scanner. Orthotics may work well for you, since they fit the exact shape of your feet.

Staying active with heel pain isn’t as hard as you think. Call Achilles Custom Orthotics & Footcare in Cambridge, ON, at (519) 624-4122 to get a customized pair of orthotics. You can also make an appointment request on our website, where we have more information on how we can serve you the best.

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