Q: I’ve heard of podiatry and chiropody, but what is a pedorthist?
A: There are several main differences between these foot care specialists. Podiatry and chiropody specialize in soft tissue, such as wart treatment and callus removal. A pedorthist specializes in the science side of things, the mechanics of the way a person walks. Additionally, Canadian certified pedorthists are the only foot care professionals who specialize in orthotic fabrication and adjustments, all handled on site.
Q: How long will orthotics last?
A: In most cases orthotics will last between 2 and 6 years. How much they are used on a daily basis will dictate their longevity.
Q: What are my orthotics made out of?
A: Each device will vary in material, however most are made out of different plastics and foams of various durometers (measure of hardness).
Q: I’ve heard that orthotics really hurt?
A: Orthotics should never hurt. There may be a breakin period where you experience minor aches and pains, however your devices should not cause extreme discomfort. Consistent pain is a warning sign to visit your pedorthist for adjustments.
Q: Should children wear orthotics?
A: Not usually. Every child is born with their legs internally rotated, and flat footed. As a result, many parents have concerns as their children’s mechanical predisposition may not look “normal”. At this stage, keeping children in structured footwear is the best course of treatment. In cases when a child has pain, an off-the-shelf orthoses and appropriate footwear is often all that is needed. Custom orthoses should be used in more advanced conditions.
Q: Can orthoses prevent problems?
A: There is no research to date showing that orthoses can work preventively.