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By Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch
June 09, 2014
Category: Orthotics

Measuring your Feet for the Perfect OrthoticsDo you know how to get straight A's? By using a ruler, of course! Let us apply the same concept to finding the perfect orthotic - by measuring your foot. If you or someone you know is in need of an orthotic to correct or relieve the pain from a foot or ankle condition, you may be wondering how their feet are fitted.

Getting your feet measured for orthotics is completely painless. Each of your feet will be measured from the ankle to the tips of your toes, while the toes are pointed straight. Both feet may also be evaluated while your ankles have been turned in various directions.

Your chiropodist will also observe your feet while you walk and when stationary to determine which areas are experiencing unnecessary pressure and stress. Notes will be made regarding the location of your discomfort, your weight, and your shoe size. Once all of the necessary information has been gathered, you will be paired with a perfectly fitting custom orthotic, made specifically to address your individual needs. These orthotics should be placed inside your shoes and worn as directed.

Keep in mind that the details above may vary from one office to another. Orthotics cannot correct structural deformities, but they are a great option for pain relief. If you have been searching for a perfect fit, schedule an appointment to get your feet measured for orthotics with Achilles Custom Orthotics and Footcare in Cambridge, ON, today! You can reach our office at (519) 624-4122 or by way of our online patient forms.

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.

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