Custom Orthotics, Knee & Ankle Bracing, Diabetic Foot Care
custom-made orthotics vs. store-bought insoles

Custom-Made Orthotics vs. Store-Bought Insoles

The Differences between Custom-Made Orthotics vs. Store-Bought Insoles It is true that not everyone needs custom-made orthotics. Sometimes a set of over-the-counter (OTC) orthotics will provide an acceptable level of relief from a mild condition. However, the ability to differentiate needs is imperative when deciding whether or not custom-made orthotics or generic over-the counter insoles are necessary. Generic orthotics can also be an inexpensive solution for slipping into occasional footwear in lieu of the shoes’ default insoles. Some of our patients keep a pair of OTC orthotics on hand for just this purpose. They serve as a decent alternate option to their custom...

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Selecting the Best Winter Boots for Your Needs

With the winter weather finally setting in, it’s a great time to examine winter footwear and how to choose the right boots for your needs. More often than not, footwear style and/or brand name are major factors that influence a person’s purchase. However, you want to be sure that being trendy doesn’t compromise your ability to be comfortable. The comfort of winter boots comes down to three main things – warmth, dryness, and suitability for intended activities. Durability should also be a consideration when shopping for winter footwear. A boot’s longevity is typically a question of the quality of both...

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Happy Feet: Tips for Foot Care at Every Age

A healthy foot is a happy foot! So, this month we're discussing the benefits of foot care at every age. While each person's feet are unique, there are some simple, universally beneficial foot care strategies for all ages and stages that will keep feet in their supporting role, long-term. The importance of foot care from day one Even babies and toddlers can benefit from basic foot care. This doesn’t necessarily mean frequent trips to a pedicurist or a pedorthist. New parents simply want to keep an eye out for delayed development, missing/skipping stages like crawling, or or physical anomalies that...

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Optimizing Balance & Posture with a Foot Stability Exercise

In this post, we’re providing a step-by-step tutorial for one of the best foot exercises for enhancing foot stability, optimizing both balance and posture.  These are essential to proper muscle function, so this exercise is foundational for a range of other movements that we will cover in future posts. If you're a visual learner click here to watch the video for this exercise. This exercise can be done standing or seated. FROM A STANDING POSITION Assume a comfortable, relaxed stance with your feet shoulder-width apart and try to move your big toes independently, away from your other toes. This means...

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Intoeing or “Pigeon Toed” Children

Is intoeing or being pigeon toed impacting your child's activity? Or as a parent or caregiver, is the intoeing of your child a cause for concern? Consider a Gait Plate. Recently I had two appointments in one day which involved intoeing children (commonly referred to as Pigeon Toed). This type of referral is quite normal, and is common for us to assess and treat. What brought these parents to us? One had a child that tripped often and was experiencing knee pain (which for a 3-year-old to describe is odd). The other was congenital in nature, involving a physiological and...

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Weak Ankles Got You Down?

Do you have “weak” ankles? Suffered multiple ankle sprains in your life? Even the ones you ignored? Chronic ankle instability is a common condition that can develop after suffering multiple ankle injuries and are often a result of “minor sprains” left untreated or not properly rehabilitated. Many of us “walk off” one or two of these while playing sports in our youth. No big deal, we thought. Unfortunately, these minor tweaks can sneak back up on us years later.  The ankle is a complex joint with a very unique structure. When standing and walking the ankle assists the leg with...

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The Dos and Don’ts for Sandal Season

Over one quarter of the bones of your entire skeleton are in your feet. Deciding what to wear on them should be a top priority. Between your two feet there are 52 bones, 66 joints and over 200 muscles and tendons. When treated poorly, your risk of injury increases exponentially. Do - Ditch the plastic, single board “flip flop”. (the ones you get at a grocery store, clothing outlet and retail stores) Don’t - Leave home without taking care of your feet. Think about it this way, would you opt to purchase poor quality tires for your brand new vehicle?...

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The Right Fit – A Guide To Proper Fitting Footwear

[caption id="attachment_9560" align="alignright" width="300"] Image 1[/caption] When searching for a new pair of shoes, finding the right pair that fits you the best can be a difficult and daunting task. Understanding shoe anatomy can assist you when we dive deeper into fit. Take a look at image 1 to help guide you through the different parts that make up a shoe. Important Things To Consider When Making Your Footwear Choice Consider the shape of your foot Are your feet wide or narrow? Do you have high arches or low arches? Do you have any abnormalities or bony prominence's that affect...

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The First Ray – Controlling the Structural Integrity of the Foot

The medial longitudinal arch (inside arch) is the main shock absorbing structure in the foot. The ability of the arch to shock absorb is dependent on the amount of movement from the bones that make up the first ray. What is the first ray? The first ray is the segment of the first metatarsal bone, first cuneiform bone and the joint between them. Function of the First Ray As the weight of the body transfers forward in walking, the calcaneus (heel) and the heads of the metatarsals (ball of the foot) are pressed to the ground which creates lengthening and...

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Plantar Fascia Pain Explained

As Pedorthists, this condition represents a major portion of our daily schedule. We are here to tell you that your condition (although experienced by many) is unique, just like you and should be treated as such! When you experience heel pain what is the first thing you do? Well if you are reading this page you either consulted "Dr. Google" or "Dr. Word-of-mouth”. Since there is so much information about Plantar Fasciitis we wanted to give you a resource that can help answer questions you are likely to have. In this article we will define, describe and outline symptoms and...

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