Different types of orthotics prescribed by the NDG podiatry clinic

Prescription Orthotics

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A foot orthotic is a medical device inserted in a shoe. It is designed to change the amplitude and duration of the forces working on the sole of the foot to allow the lower limbs to function normally. During a weight-bearing activity, the foot orthosis reduces pathological forces by addressing structural anomalies. By realigning forces to work efficiently, it corrects irregular biomechanics.

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Foot Orthotics Prescriptions

Functional Foot Orthotics

Depending on the diagnosis, the podiatrist may prescribe a functional orthotic designed to change the way the joints of the foot and lower limb function during walking. Consult a podiatrist to get the benefits of a functional foot orthotic.

Accommodative Foot Orthotics

The accommodative foot orthotic requires a prescription. It aims to relieve the pressure – in terms of magnitude and duration – from a painful or injured area on the bottom of the foot. These insoles facilitate walking because they are less rigid and more comfortable.

Dynamic Orthotics

We offer dynamic orthotics that can be as versatile and as thin as possible to fit most shoes, if the patient's condition allows it. The patient can therefore transfer their corrective orthotic from one shoe to another without having to buy new shoes.

Advanced Imaging Technology

CryoVizion is an imaging system that evaluates your posture with highly detailed images of the body. In addition to being scientifically proven, the results lead to an accurate diagnosis that supports the best possible treatment. For 10 years, this technology has allowed us to better understand and objectively assess the progress of treatment.

The Steps in Foot Orthotics

Complete Podiatric Evaluation

Before prescribing foot orthotics, the podiatrist will perform a medical examination, including a case history, a review of major and minor complaints, and an anatomical palpation. If necessary, additional tests will be done, including radiography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance, or referral to a specialist. At the end of the process, the podiatrist compiles the information, makes a diagnosis, and determines whether a foot orthotic is advised. Only a doctor or a podiatrist can diagnose and prescribe foot orthotics.

Comprehensive Biomechanical Evaluation

The examination assesses the biomechanical posture, body alignment, range of motion of the joints, and patient’s gait. This comprehensive review includes more than 70 different tests and observations of the lower limbs. It will help determine the prescription of foot orthotics.

Importance of Foot Molding

The custom mould of the foot is important. It is designed in several different ways depending on the desired treatment and the controlled positioning of the foot. This step is essential in obtaining an effective foot orthotic.



Who Can Prescribe Foot Orthotics?

Only physicians and podiatrists are authorized to prescribe orthotics. These professionals have the necessary training to carry out a diagnosis and treatment, according to the Podiatry Act. You are therefore strongly advised not to consult a professional who is not certified.

What Are the Advantages of Consulting a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist has extensive knowledge of human anatomy, allowing him to understand how certain limitations may impact a person’s gait. His patients benefit from a detailed diagnosis that results in the appropriate treatment. In addition, patients are protected by the College of Podiatrists, because his treatment is governed by the Code of Ethics of Podiatrists.

Who Can Benefit from Orthotics?

All age groups can have foot orthotics to correct biomechanics and posture, if a podiatrist determines that they are necessary. Beginning at age three and up to age seven, children can wear orthotics to permanently correct the shape of the foot.