Kingsway Foot Clinic provides Custom Orthotics In Toronto.
Orthotics, also known as orthoses, refers to any device inserted into a shoe, ranging from felt pads to custom-made shoe inserts that correct an abnormal or irregular, walking pattern. Sometimes called arch supports, custom orthotics allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. While over-the-counter orthotics are available and may help people with mild symptoms, they normally cannot correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription foot orthoses can since they are not custom made to fit an individual's unique foot structure.
Custom Orthotic devices come in many shapes, sizes, and materials and fall into three main categories: those designed to change foot function, those that are primarily protective in nature, and those that combine functional control and protection.
For many years practitioners have sought an accurate, reliable and cost-effective alternative to plaster casting for functional foot orthotics. Langer is pleased to introduce its new ScanCast 3D.The ScanCast 3D system allows practitioners to accurately capture full volumetric data in less than five seconds. ScanCast 3D data faithfully captures all of the plantar shape data from the bottom of the foot and up to 8 inches up the back of the leg.
- Designed to allow practitioners to properly position the patient’s foot in subtalar neutral postion.
- Creates a 3D color image of the patient’s foot, derived from properly plotted coordinate points in less than seven seconds.
- Allows practitioners to obverse the 3D images from multiple views and observe the forefoot to rearfoot positioning.
- Rapid web based uploading of patient prescriptions and scan data for laboratory processing.
- Can be used in off weight-bearing, semi weight-bearing or full weight-bearing positions.
- Can easily be moved between treatment rooms.
Rigid orthotic devices are designed to control function and are used primarily for walking or dress shoes. They are often composed of a firm material, such as plastic or carbon fiber. Rigid orthotics are made from a mold after a chiropodist takes a plaster cast or other kind of image of the foot. Rigid orthotics control motion in the two major foot joints that lie directly below the ankle joint and may improve or eliminate strains, aches, and pains in the legs, thighs, and lower back.
Soft orthotics are generally used to absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots. They are usually effective for diabetic, arthritic, and deformed feet. Soft orthotics are typically made up of soft, cushioned materials so that they can be worn against the sole of the foot, extending from the heel past the ball of the foot, including the toes. Like rigid orthotics, soft orthotics are also made from a mold after a chiropodist takes a plaster cast or other kind of image of the foot.
Semi-rigid orthotics provide foot balance for walking or participating in sports. The typical semi-rigid orthotic is made up of layers of soft material, reinforced with more rigid materials. Semi-rigid orthotics are often prescribed for children to treat flatfoot and in-toeing or out-toeing disorders. These orthotics are also used to help athletes mitigate pain while they train and compete.
If you are interested in finding out more about Orthotics and how they can improve your foot health,
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