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Orthotics: What they are and how they can help you!

Have you ever wondered what orthotics are and how they can help you? 

Orthotics are shoe inserts which help relieve foot pain resulting from back, knee or foot. There are two types of orthotics available – OTC (over-the-counter) or custom-made.  

OTC foot inserts are generic and treat the most common symptoms of foot pain. OTC inserts are readily available in drug stores or pharmacies and require no medical prescription. This is a good option if you have been experiencing mild to moderate foot pain.  

But if you have been experiencing severe pain in your lower extremities or have mobility issues, custom orthotics might be a better fit for you.  

Custom made orthotics are prescribed by a doctor or a specialist and are customized to the contours of your feet and meet your specific needs. Custom made orthotics are built to correct the individual’s unique foot biomechanics which can help improve a range of biomechanical related complaints, from hip discomfort to better balance, low back pain to improved performance.  

These are suitable for people suffering from severe pain and foot abnormalities and provide extra arch support, shock absorption, cushioning and accurate biomechanical assistance. They can help relieve symptoms for a variety of orthopedic or health conditions such as flat feet, arthritis, tendonitis, diabetes, bunions, plantar fasciitis, lower back pain and other knee conditions.  

Foot exam and casting

A custom orthotics cast and exam visit at WCA is approximately 30 minutes long. During your visit, the practitioner will perform a thorough assessment which includes your medical history, past injuries, any orthopedic conditions, mobility issues, your day-to-day activities and the type of footwear you wear. 

The doctor will perform assessments such as examining the structure of your foot, observing your gait (how you walk) from different angles, orthopedic tests, biomechanical evaluation and lastly taking impressions of your feet.  

After the assessment, the doctor will discuss observations and treatment options with you. If you choose to go ahead with orthotics, we will submit your orthotics cast to the lab for production and give you a call when they are ready for pickup, typically within a period of 2-3 weeks.  

If you are experiencing difficulties with lower extremities and would like to know more about orthotics or to book a visit, give us a call, email us at or head to our online booking page to book your appointment now!  

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