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Will a custom orthotic device fit in all my shoes?

Will a custom orthotic device fit in all my shoes?

One of the most common questions we get asked in our custom orthotics Victoria BC clinic is, ‘Will my orthotics fit in all my shoes?’

To answer this we say that most custom made orthoses fit easily into footwear that is built with removable footbeds. However dress shoes and shoes without a removable footbed may be more difficult to fit with orthotics.

It is important to note that with some painful foot conditions, proper footwear is an essential part of the treatment plan and some shoes may not be appropriate to wear during your recovery process. Wearing improper footwear can aggravate many conditions and delay the healing process. Your Pedorthist will likely recommend a supportive walking shoe, running shoe or boot to wear with your orthotics.  As your symptoms diminish you may be able to wear a slimmer orthotic that fits into a wider variety of dress shoes and sandals. It’s best to bring your most common shoes to your pedorthist and they can tell you whether they are appropriate for wearing with your orthoses.

Contact us to visit one of our Canadian Certified Pedorthists.

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Is a foot orthotic uncomfortable to wear?

Is a foot orthotic uncomfortable to wear?

Another common question we get asked at Dynamnic Orthotics is ‘Is a Foot Orthotic Uncomfortable to Wear’?

Initially a new foot orthotic may feel intrusive or awkward. For most individuals, an adjustment period of a few weeks is normal. Each experience is different as people have different tolerance levels, therefore it is difficult to set a guideline as to how long it takes to get used to an orthotic.

Some people feel an immediate positive improvement while others notice improvement after a few days or weeks. It is generally recommended to gradually break-in to a new orthotic by wearing them for one or two hours during the first few days and adding an hour each day. A foot orthotic should never be painful to wear. A little discomfort under the arch during the first few weeks is normal, but if the orthotic becomes painful, a Pedorthist should adjust them as soon as possible. After the first few weeks, you should be wearing your orthotics comfortably all day, and feel a difference when you go back to regular footwear without the custom orthotic.

Contact us today if you need custom foot orthotics in Victoria BC.

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How do I know if I need a custom foot orthotic?

How do I know if I need a foot orthotic? – If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet or lower limbs (including ankles, knees, hips and lower back), a thorough lower limb assessment from a Certified Pedorthist is recommended. Pedorthist are specially trained to identify the problem and recommend a course of treatment. A Pedorthist can confirm if a foot orthotic and/or proper footwear will assist you in recovery. Most commonly, orthotics are used to treat the following conditions/symptoms:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Bunions
  • Shin Splints
  • Metatarsalgia (pain in the forefoot)
  • Leg Length Discrepancies
  • Sports Injuries
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Excessive pronation or supination
  • Flat Feet / Fallen Arches
  • Claw Toes or Hammer Toes
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What is a foot orthotic?

Foot Orthotics – Back to Basics

Our blog theme for the month of September is ‘Foot Orthotics – Back to Basics’, explaining the common questions we get asked about foot orthotics.

What is a foot orthotic? – A foot orthotic is a medical device that is placed into a shoe to help support, align, prevent or correct foot deformities or ailments. The goal of a foot orthotic is to reduce pain and unnecessary stresses and improve the overall performance of the foot and lower limbs.  A ‘custom-made’ orthotic (different from ‘custom-fit’) is manufactured using a 3D mould of the individual’s feet to ensure the arch and specific qualities of the foot are properly accommodated. A foot orthotic can be used to successfully treat a number of painful foot ailments, including; heel, arch and forefoot pain, as well as complications related to conditions such as diabetes and arthritis.


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How To Care For Foot Corns And Calluses

Six Tips on Caring for Foot Corns and Callusing

It’s an icky topic I know, but many of us have foot corns and callusing which can be uncomfortable and painful. Here are a few tips to help care for your feet and reduce the inflamed area.

Corns and calluses are a thickening of the skin as a reaction to abnormal pressure. This can be caused by footwear that is too tight, walking on rough surfaces or your individual bone structure. The body attempts to protect itself by forming a layer of armor, but often the result can be very painful. Here’s what to do for prevention and treatment:

  1. Pumice the area every few days after a bath or shower. (Do not try to remove them yourself with a knife or razor blade, especially if you are diabetic.)
  2. Moisturize the area every day (Vick’s Vapor Rub is a good treatment).
  3. Wear shoes that are the proper width as well as length. When buying new shoes, look for a shoe company that offers their styles in different widths.
  4. Try a gel corn pad or toe sleeve over the corn or callused area to ad a buffer between the sensitive area and your footwear.
  5. For stubborn corns and callusing, see a footcare nurse regularly for deep treatment on the area.
  6. Consider seeing a Pedorthist for recommendations on custom orthotics as these devices can help to ‘off-load’ weight from the sensitive area.

Feel free to contact us anytime for more questions about caring for foot corns and callusing.

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What Are Custom Osteo Arthritis Knee Braces

What are Custom Osteo Arthritis knee braces and how do they work?

They are knee braces that can actually provide relief to your osteoarthritic knee. Many orthopedic surgeons and other MD’s consistently refer for OA off-loader braces for their patients. We carry a full line of the very best braces found on this planet and would love to tell you more about them if you call or drop by the store.

At Dynamic Orthotics we are trained in fitting braces and work alongside other medical health professionals to provide clients with the best health possible.

And yes they work for most people. At Dynamic Orthotics you have a 90 day test drive with the custom and off the shelf OA braces, if they are not working or for whatever reason, we will allow you to return the brace with no questions asked. We want you to be happy, healthy and pain free.

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