Custom Orthotics

What are Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are corrective devices worn inside the shoe that help to put the foot and ankle in proper alignment – this can assist the muscles, tendons, and bones of your feet and lower legs function optimally.

When appropriately prescribed, custom orthotics can:

  • decrease pain, not only in the foot, but in other parts of the body such as the knee, hip and lower back
  • provide support and stability to the ankle
  • improve overall quality of life

How are custom orthotics made?

While orthotics can be made by several different processes, at Maximum we take a mold of the patient’s foot using impression foam and send it to a laboratory with the physiotherapist’s directions for correction.

At the lab, pedorthists/orthotists work with technicians to pour plaster into the mold, and when it hardens it perfectly reproduces the bottom of the individual’s foot.

Once a reproduction of the individual’s foot is made, the team then use the physiotherapist’s directions to custom-make a device to meet the patient’s specific needs.