Both customized and custom-made orthotics enable the feet to be supported in a more stable position. Maintaining alignment is essential in order to help correct imbalances and reduce stress and strain on the rest of your body. Over time, the use of orthotics may give you relief from both pain and fatigue – so you can once again enjoy your favourite activities.
Custom made Orthoses:
This is a device that is made for a specific individual, starting with raw materials including, but not limited to, plastic, rubbers, leather, or graphite. It involves making an impression the feet to create a positive model for the device. The orthoses are then individually fabricated and molded over the positive model. These can also be modified to include a variety of corrections in order to treat complex conditions and biomechanical imbalances.
When correction, accommodation, comfort and performance is required, custom-made orthotics are the device of choice to ensure a perfect fit.
Wondering if orthotics are for you? Call “The Foot Smith” today and let a certified professional answer any questions you might have.
Customized (fitted) Orthoses:
This is a prefabricated device which can be modified for an individual and involves cutting, bending, molding, or other mechanism which customizes the device to meet specific needs. Customizing requires “substantial modification” that can be adapted to suit your feet by a Certified Pedorthist to obtain an individualized fit.
This is an alternative to off the shelf supports, as these devices are typically made from better materials and provide a closer fit.
Off the shelf (OTS) Supports:
Prefabricated foot supports that may or may not be supplied as a kit and may require simple assembly. OTS requires “Minimal Self Adjustment” for fitting. The item does not usually require trimming, bending, molding, assembling or customizing to fit an individual. These are simply purchased as is, providing minimal support often focusing on cushioning.
If padding and or cushioning is what you seek then this may be a good start. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your feet, you may want to consider customized or custom made orthotics.