How to Improve Performance and Endurance

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Custom-Made Sports Orthotics by Licensed Foot Care Professionals

What are Sports Orthotics?

custom made orthoticAn orthotic, a corrective device worn inside a sports shoe, boot, or skate, can help the muscles, tendons and bones of your feet and lower legs function at their highest potential. Custom-made orthotics are manufactured from a 3-D image of your foot using raw materials.

When appropriately prescribed to treat a medical condition and custom-made, orthotics can decrease pain, not only in your feet, but in other parts of the body, such as your knees, hips and lower back.

How Do Custom-Made Sports Orthotics Help?

Orthotics control the foot’s range and speed of motion. The muscles that counteract the range of motion work overtime when a person over pronates or over supinates. This excess muscle contraction leads to inefficiency and fatigue.

A foot with the proper biomechanics is much more efficient, requires less energy, and therefore works pain free.

Here are 5 reasons to trust your custom-made sports orthotics to a Chiropodist or Podiatrist.

Hockey Skates And Stick IsolatedReason One:

Chiropodists and Podiatrists know how to properly diagnose pronation and supination of the foot. Every foot pronates or supinates. Problems arise when there is too much motion for an improper duration of time. It’s this excessive motion that causes pain, diminished endurance and performance.

New unbranded running shoe, sneaker or trainer isolated on whiteReason Two:

Chiropodists and Podiatrists know how to design a corrective custom-made orthotic device that controls the pronation and supination of the foot. They spend time with you to understand your specific needs and the type of shoe or boot you’ll be wearing. In the old days (3 years ago), a mold of each foot was made by hand. Now we use technology to scan perfect foot impressions.

Modern Mountain Ski BootsReason Three:

Chiropodists and Podiatrists use only accredited labs to manufacture the orthotic device to precise specifications that are unique to you, hence the term, “custom-made”. Custom made orthotics are never taken “off the shelf” and they are never shipped directly to you.

White Figure SkatesReason Four:

Chiropodists and Podiatrists take the time to fit your new orthotic device to your sports shoe. Just like in a good marriage, small adjustments often need to be made when the two get together. On premise equipment takes care of these modifications quickly and easily.

Soccer ShoesReason Five:

Chiropodists and Podiatrists encourage follow up visits and checkups to make sure everything is working properly. The foot is an intricate structure containing 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. Feet change too! That’s why routine foot care is so important.

Start the conversation about custom made sports orthotics with your Chiropodist or Podiatrist and learn more about improving your performance today!

p.s. Did You Know?

  •  Many Extended Health Care Benefits Cover Custom-Made Orthotics. Take a moment to review your coverage. Remember, insurance benefits end with the calendar year.
  • Chiropodists and Podiatrists are the only licensed and trained professionals who are experts in foot care and biomechanics.
  • You do not need a referral to make an appointment with a Chiropodist or Podiatrist.

Don’t know a Chiropodist in your area? Oh yes you do! The Werkman Foot Care & Orthotic Clinic is conveniently located at 1495 Cornwall Road, Suite 33, Oakville. That’s on the northwest corner of Maple Grove Drive and Cornwall Road. Give us a call (905.845.4817) or pop in for a visit during regular clinic hours. We’d be happy to give you a tour!

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