The appearance of a foot orthotic depends on what condition it is designed to treat and the type of shoe it will be worn in. Canadian Certified Pedorthists work closely with their patients to determine the type of over-the-counter device or custom-made foot orthotic that is most appropriate for their individual needs.
The type of device depends on many factors, including: the patient’s lifestyle, athletic activities, foot type, and the problems the patient is encountering.
Depending on its purpose, the size of a custom-made foot orthotic may vary significantly from the full length of the foot to a short device that ends behind the metatarsal heads (ball of the foot). Smaller devices are usually designed to fit in shoes that do not have a removable inlay, such as dress shoes.
A foot orthotic can be made from materials ranging from soft foam to hard plastic, depending on a patient’s needs.