Let's Talk Orthotics!

Oct 04, 2017

Are you wondering “Can I benefit from custom orthotics?”, “Why are custom orthotics different than over the counter orthotics?”  or “Can my therapist at Active Physio Works make them for me?” This blog can help answer some of those questions.

Foot pain is not a pleasant ailment to be living with; nobody likes to have pain every step they take! A custom pair of orthotics can be a great tool to help combat many of the common causes of foot pain. Most individuals can benefit from a custom orthotic, although for most people they are not absolutely necessary. 

The reason a custom orthotic can benefit most people is because they optimize the function of YOUR foot. They are medical devices that are custom tailored to align YOUR feet in their most anatomically and biomechanically advantageous positions.  No two people’s feet are exactly alike, and likewise, no two pairs of orthotics are (or should be) alike. You may not have any foot pain or known problems, but a custom orthotic can still be of benefit to you. The body of the orthotic is a rigid plastic or carbon fiber module, which serves as a guide for your foot through the gait cycle. It functions in a way that redirects or reduces unfavorable forces and/or motion in your feet to the most favorable biomechanical position possible. Through the optimization of the biomechanical function of your feet, you are also decreasing the load and force transfer through your ankles, knees, hips, and low back. Orthotics can have a plethora of benefits elsewhere in your body.

At Active Physio Works, we can get you set up with a pair of custom orthotics. We use 2 pieces of technology to gather precise measurements of your foot, which are then used to manufacture your orthotics. The Metascan force plate isolates and tracks 8 key landmarks in the foot throughout the stance phase of the gait cycle at a rate of 150 images per second (>20x faster than the human eye!).  We then use the 3Dmaxx scanner, which is a 3-dimensional volumetric foot scanning device, to gather 800,000 data points on your foot during the 8 second scan. The data collected from these two devices is then combined, analyzed and translated into your custom foot orthotic which will be ready for pickup in 7 business days or less!

An over the counter orthotic can be sufficient for people with minor problems. For individuals of average body mass, relatively normal arch height, low-moderate activity level and who have minor foot pathologies, prefabricated products may be adequate. If you don’t fall into these categories, they are not worth your time or money. The majority of these products are manufactured with economy materials that provide minimal or no support for your foot. They are essentially a padded foot bed (which your shoe will already come with out of the box). People with arches that fall at either extreme (high arches or flat feet), who are very active, with higher body masses, who have significant biomechanical or structural foot pathologies, or who are highly symptomatic require custom made foot orthoses. The materials used to fabricate custom products are significantly stronger and more supportive, which is essential to correct more significant foot pathologies. Ultimately, they will be more effective, comfortable and durable. Any prefab product worth putting in your shoes will cost you $50+ and likely have to be replaced in 12 months or less. Custom orthotics are often covered or subsidized by extended health care benefits and will last significantly longer, which often leads to them being more cost-effective in the long run.

If you have any orthotics related questions, do not hesitate to contact one of our physiotherapists at Active Physio Works to discuss it further. If you are ready to take the next “step” towards happier feet, give us a call at 780-458-8505. Oh, and did I mention that the cost of the assessment, Metascan and 3DMaxx scan are all included in the price of your orthotics!

Posted By

Tag Cloud

injuryholiday hoursdown and dirty obstacle coursegolfer's elbowsynchronized skatingmotor vehicle accidentacupuncturerehabilitationworld championshipsfitnesstraining nutritiondizzinessrunning techniquelife movesneck painGunn theory of IMSpricesinister 7training plansecondary submittingair miles for registered dietitanbowen therapyadaptive cyclingp90xtext necktournamentlost souls ultragait analysisregistered massage therapist10kmvolleyballpins and needlesmedical mission to Ecuadoroutcome surveyback painORIF surgeryyegfittreatment for headachestriathlonstrengtheningimPACT testingrunners kneeBest Physiotherapistcommunityhockeyroad rage hockey tournamentst. albert road raceHawrelak Parkniagara fallsexplore albertawhy active physio worksair relaxlumbar spine imagingtechniqueultrarunnercustom fit orthoticsITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumelcity chasecupping therapy in st alberttrapezius strengtheningdeath racepush up programfasciastretchingbiomechanicsmassage therapytaperingcupping therapySigvaris compression stockingsshoulder injuriesbanff triathlonhamstringcyclingyoga#activephysioworksTOSfirst tri10 mile100 mile5kalberta health servicesprivacydirect billingknucklesgait aidsair milescarpal tunneltraining receipetriathletecycling raceathlete injuryvertigooutcome measuresnutritionclinic privacyroastst. albert chamber of commercelegacy park family festivalSAPECflexibilityyegphysiotaperspiral fracturesregistered dietitiandraw prizefoot painSt. Albert Triathlonknee injuryadjunct to PhysiotherapyAADL fundinglumbar spineroad raceRaceMS BikeneedlingTMJcanadian trailsnational triathlon championshipsituSt. Albertworld triathlon championshipskidstrail runningshoulder imagingcity chase national championshipsfort saskatchewan trade showyegbikesports injuryexercise programironmanbikingprotectlentil with tumeric soupprehab before rehabworld grand final edmontonjames deanpine to palmparadeglute strengtheningbaseballrunning shoesWestern Statesedmonton oilersbest of T8Nseptember 30ultraultramarathonreturn to sportcervicogenic dizzinessdry needlingwhiplashmud runcompressionPIPAknuckle poppingmarathon trainingphysical therapytennis elbowiron legspainboxers fracturemarathon runningexercise planconcussions in sportcarpal tunnel surgerycustom fit compression stockingsconcussion in sportheadachebowen techniqueCBC interviewfundraiserpatellar tendonitisyou can ride 2keep fit, have funIMSskatingeating cleanyegfitnesshockey injurykids fun runrestBikeregistered massage therapyBPPV5kmheadachesrunning injuriesarthritis of the spinelateral epicondylitisinflammation injurywounded warriorslifestyle expopole walkinghalf ironmanst albert road raceschool#eddiedontbendrunning formshouldercity chase national championshipfootballplantar fasciitisITU World Triathlon Grand Final Edmontonexerciseactive physio works 5kmfun in the fortvolunteerThoracic Outlet Syndromesmall business nomineerunningbasketball injuriesregistered dieitianinner earair miles for personal trainingrunning gaitsnowboardingst albert 10 milerheel paincomplete concussion management inc.backpack safetybarefoot runningP-90Xarthritisankle sprains in athletesjointsIntramuscular Stimulationadventure racingaquathonIT band syndromeconcussion managementcupping in st albertoffice workmuscle tightnessglute strengthadolescent knee painfort saskatchewanshoulder dislocationhealthy recipesrunning footwearedmontoncommunity involvementcity chase world championship#teamrehabconcussion testinggolf injuriesheart diseasecanevelocity stage raceworld physical therapy daydr shepsorthoticsnerve glidesoperation esperanzaenergy barsbellerose bike-a-thonhamstring injuriescouch to 5kshin splintscharityms bike tour leduc to camrosecross trainingcore strengtheningstatic stretchingcuppingMedial Epicondylitisscapulajaw painphysical activityconcussionknee painstrengthagingiceSwimstretching for athletesclavicle fracturefestivalsleepmechanical stressinjury preventionracingmodified return to activityHealth Information Actair miles for massagepre-natal fitnesshikingsigvaris stockingsoutdoor runningcommunity eventsports concussionyou can ride twoachilles repair surgeryjumpers kneems bike tourtrapsextended health careTeam Rehabdodgeballthrowing athletesWPTDnew york marathonultrasounddynamic stretchingkids of steel triathlontour de palm springssoccervolleyball injuriesfamilyactive physio worksdiagnostic imagingfort saskatchewan chamber of commercefitness journeyfree fort bbqmyofascial cupping therapyworkout planrental car motor vehicle accidentoutdoor running seasonhigh intensity interval trainingWTS Edmontonrecipebaseline testingcanada dayservus placecity chase canadaBenign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigofernie ultrafast trax ultrasafe exercises during pregnancyhalf marathonstaying fit while pregnantphysiotherapylow back painrace seasonultra runningshoulder pain5km obstacle coursevictoria dayboxinghiking in the mountainsswimminghip replacementwhiplash associated disorder (WAD)st albert triathlonget movingorthopedic surgeonsSCAT 3ankle injuriesACL injuriescanada day paradePostureankle sprainultrarunningMRIolympian distance challengebikes on broadwayRunsoccer injuriescompression stockingstraining on vacationPFPSknee replacementrecoverycat-scanfototrade showplantar faciitiscornwhat to expectx-raytrainingcrutchesfirst appointmentdr channational championshipsgreat white north triathlontendor tearobstacle coursewrist painstrength trainingdraw prizeselbow painHIITfoam rollerMS Bike Leduc to Camrosemarathonjoga10 miler training planironman canadaITU World Grand Final Triathlon Edmonton


What to Expect

We understand that you may have a few questions before visiting our clinics for your initial appointment.

Book an Appointment

Contact us now to book in for an appointment with our therapists at one of our four clinic locations.


We understand each person is different so we offer a variety of techniques that are best suited to your individual needs.