Custom Made. The term itself just sounds right. Something made specifically for one person, and one person only to fit their specific needs and even wants. Custom basketball shoes for pro athletes, or even custom cookware for your favourite Food Network star! When it comes to custom-made, the benefits are many. Which begs the question, why are so many of us accepting of over-the-counter orthotics when custom-made would be so much better for us? Let’s talk about the benefits of custom vs over-the-counter.
First, let’s talk about the convenience of orthotics. Over-the-counter orthotics are as simple as walking into your local department store or pharmacy and picking a pair off the rack. Fittings are easy as it’s just a matter of cutting them down to size. What you may run into is you may have different brands of shoes that all fit differently which means those orthotics might not work in more than one pair of shoes. A custom orthotic is built with your foot in mind, meaning that they’ll fit your different shoes more easily than their over-the-counter counterparts.
Custom orthotics are designed and fitted to address a patient’s specific needs, whether that’s lifting an arch, reducing pressure, or helping with realignment. Due to the mass-produced nature of over-the-counter orthotics, some may end up causing just as much pain as they relieve. Using state-of-the-art technology, we screen your foot for structural irregularities to build the orthotics that will help you the most.
When it comes to custom orthotics, the pain relief benefits go beyond your feet and ankles. Your knees, hips, and back all suffer when your feet are in pain. Your stance, stride, and gait all change as your body tries to compensate for the foot pain. With a set of custom orthotics, you’ll notice that as your feet become less painful, there will be a ripple effect upwards through your body as it becomes properly aligned.
Are you ready to take the plunge on a new set of custom orthotics? Book your appointment today! We can’t wait to help you!