Why choose orthotics from Healthy Advantage??
You may be concerned because foot orthotics are "not" regulated devices (no governing body,) anyone can make/sell them, ask you to stand on a mat or rods or foam box and give you some orthotics. This is a problem as you'll read below.
In order to design a proper supportive orthotic to alleviate pain, reduce callus, corn and or correct posture amongst other things, the foot specialist must figure out "how to" design the orthotic. This comes in minimum of 2 parts. First there are specific questions and by conducting a biomechanical gait analysis giving additional information on "how" to design the orthotic for that specific person. Secondly is casting their foot in a "non weight" bearing position as explained below. The arch needs to be captured without flattening it. This may come obvious to some that in order to support someone's foot, we must know the natural shape and build around that. If the foot is flattened like in some methods where you to stand on a mat or rods or foam box, your weight flattens the foot so that the natural arch can not be captured. This is a problem!
How can a foam box, upward shaping pins or walking on a mat capture the correct arch when putting weight altering the arch? It can not. The result will look like an orthotic, you may feel some support but is a true mis-representation of your foot shape and is NOT providing full support, how could it be? You would never accept purchasing glasses and getting 1 lens, so why on earth would you settle for less than 100% support from your orthotics? Request an orthotic consultation here.
When we make orthotics for you, you know they’ll fit right & benefit you. If for any reason they break or aren't comfortable, we'll make it right (warranty included.) *For kids we have an "out-grow" program where we will replace your child's orthotics free of charge within 1 year.
*Child must be 14 yrs or younger
While you may have purchased orthotics from someone other than a chiropodist or foot specialist, chiropodists are fully trained in the assessment of the foot and the treatment and prevention of diseases, disorders or dysfunctions of the foot by therapeutic, orthotic or palliative means (Chiropody act, 1991.)
Also, in most cases, insurance companies will only recognize prescriptions for orthotics from chiropodists, podiatrists or medical doctors. Hmm.. we wonder why...?
Custom orthotics work well for patients as long as they also wear accommodating shoes. With the right orthotic, a patient can experience less pain or an elimination of pain in their lower legs and joints.
Types of Custom Orthotics
Semi-Rigid Orthotics – These offer protection and control. They are ideal for walking and sports participation and are made up of layers of soft material as well as reinforced with rigid materials.
Rigid Orthotics – These help realign your feet and are used for walking and/or dress shoes. They are made from harder materials, such as plastic or carbon fibers.
Soft Orthotics – These contain protective materials that are accommodating to your feet. They help absorb shock, can improve balance, and are used for arthritic, diabetic or deformed feet.