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Orthotics

  • Who Needs Orthotics?

    If required, all ages can benefit from an orthotic. From discomfort in the foot to severe problems such as diabetic foot ulcers, an orthotic can help a wide range of patients. A detailed assessment from an orthotic expert can confirm if an orthotic will assist a patient with a particular foot, leg, or even back problem.

  • What Does an Orthotic Look Like?

    The appearance of an orthotic depends on what condition it is designed to treat. Our Orthotic Technicians work closely with their patients on an individual basis to determine the type of over-the-counter device or custom-made orthotic that is most appropriate.

    The type of device depends on many factors including the patient's lifestyle, athletic activities (i.e., walking, running), body type, and the problems they are encountering.

  • How Long Will an Orthotic Last?

    The lifespan of an orthotic varies from patient to patient. The materials used to make the orthotic, the patient's structure, current levels of activity, age and physical condition all have an impact on the lifespan of an orthotic. The lifespan of an orthotic should be measured not by when the finishing touches (the cover material) wear out but by how long it meets the patient's changing needs for support, correction and pressure redistribution. If your symptoms begin to return it is a good idea to have your orthotic reassessed to determine if modifications or a new device are necessary.

  • What is the Difference Between an Orthotic and an Orthosis?

    They are the same - "orthosis" is the clinical term that physicians and healthcare providers may use, and "orthotic" is the more commonly used term by the general public.