York Region Superfeet
Frank DeBeer    B. Sc., D.C., C. Ped (C)
Canadian Certified Pedorthist

What type of Orthotic do I need?


- Not everyone requires an orthotic, of those that do, not everyone will require a custom orthotic


- Orthotics work when you are weight bearing and only as long as you wear them


- No matter what type of orthotic you need, you have to follow break-in instructions so your body can adapt to the changes gradually

Custom Orthotics


- Require a prescription from a medical doctor

- Made from a 3 Dimensional cast of your feet (Unless computer generated)

- Made specifically for each person based on an assessment

- Can achieve maximum correction of Biomechanical faults

- Classified as i) Functional - Designed to correct abnormal foot mechanics

                    ii) Accommodative - Designed to remove pressure from certain areas such                          as calluses, diabetic ulcers, painful pressure points

- Made from raw materials

- Last longer than OTC orthotics

- Insurance Reimbursable

- Cost more than an OTC orthotic


Over the Counter (OTC) Orthotics


- Used for minor Biomechanical faults, for growing children, or as a first step to see how a person will respond to an orthotic

- Readily available

- Pre-Made

- Affordable

- Can be customized to a certain extent, but not considered a custom orthotic

- Insurance does not reimburse for OTC's

- Do not last as long, need to be replaced more often

YOUR FEET ARE THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR BODY. WHEN A PROBLEM DEVELOPS IN YOUR FEET, IT WILL RESULT IN A SERIES OF COMPENSATIONS WHICH WILL PLACE INCREASED STRESS UPON PAIN PRODUCING STRUCTURES RESULTING IN PAIN. IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING PAIN IN THE BACK, HIPS, KNEES, ANKLES OR FEET THAT IS NOT IMPROVING, IT IS TIME TO CONSIDER FOOT ORTHOTICS.

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