If you’ve ever experienced foot or knee pain, you may have considered buying drug store orthotics for a quick fix. Similar to store-bought reading glasses, mass produced off-the-shelf orthotics may be all the support or cushioning necessary to provide relief. However, if they are not helping or only provide limited relief, it is time to book an appointment with a Canadian Certified Pedorthist.

Off-the-shelf orthotics are not all created equal. Some are more supportive than others and some do not fit or help certain foot types and foot conditions. If an off-the-shelf orthotic is not easing your lower limb pain, please seek the help of a healthcare professional.

A qualified foot expert such as a Canadian Certified Pedorthist can advise whether a mass produced orthotic is appropriate or if a custom orthotic is required. A custom-made foot orthotic requires a prescription from a doctor and is made specifically for the patient from raw materials using a 3-Dimensional model of the patient’s foot. Custom orthotics are designed to meet a patient’s unique and specific needs.

Whether an off-the-shelf orthotic is sufficient or a custom orthotic is required, a pedorthist will make sure the orthotic fits correctly and will recommend appropriate footwear as orthotics are only as good as the shoes they are worn in.