Orthotic Shoes Provide a Range of Benefits for People with Foot, Ankle Ailments

Podiatrist Making Custom OrthoticsAnyone who has ever slipped a shoe onto an opposite foot, even if done intentionally for comedic effect, can attest to how uncomfortable it feels virtually from the moment they do it. Luckily, in the vast majority of these cases, the discomfort usually just goes away when the shoe is switched back to the proper foot.

Now try to envision how uncomfortable it must feel for individuals with foot and/or ankle ailments who may have to wear shoes, in the correct left-right configuration no less, for several hours every day. In essence, their discomfort never truly goes away completely; thus, for people who live this experience rather than merely trying to imagine it, there is no element of comedy involved.

In these types of circumstances, such individuals may find a solution/relief by converting to orthotic shoes.  These shoes are corrective in nature and are worn to help support the feet and address various foot and ankle conditions; they are a strong and durable type of footwear that can provide such benefits as:

  • Overall pain relief
  • General foot support
  • Cushioning of the heel
  • Increased arch support
  • Reduced swelling in the feet
  • Improved blood flow in the feet
  • Alignment/realignment of the spine

It should be noted here that, although the terms might be used interchangeably, there is a difference between orthotic shoes and orthopedic shoes; while the former can be worn for a wider variety of reasons, orthopedic shoes are primarily intended/designed to offer support for people suffering from/dealing with foot, ankle, or leg pain.

Accordingly, orthotic shoes can provide assistance to people of different ages in a variety of ways, including such examples as:

  • Relieving pain due to arthritis
  • Alleviating hip and/or back pain
  • Preventing foot injuries for athletes
  • Aiding/increasing mobility for seniors
  • Increased comfort for long-distance runners
  • Improved support during high-intensity workouts

In order to maximize/optimize the results that can be attained through orthotic shoes (or orthotics) Toronto residents who could benefit from such footwear would be well-advised to consider a customized product rather than inserts purchased from the local drugstore. Further to having footwear with a more personalized fit, people wearing custom orthotic shoes tend to experience faster pain relief and a quicker recovery from their conditions than those who choose something with a more generic design.

Pursuing this option of custom orthotics shoes will require a consultation with a foot care professional, such as a certified podiatrist at Comfort Stride Foot Care Clinic in Toronto.

Working Relationship with Paris Orthotics Provides the Latest in Orthotic Shoes

Getting Ready For OrthoticsTo help their patients obtain the best possible fit with their orthotic shoes, the specialists at Comfort Stride Foot Care Clinic use a special non-weight-bearing laser scanner to take detailed measurements of the foot/feet. This scanner offers several advantages over the traditional plaster-casting method of creating a foot mold, including:

  • More precise measurements
  • Faster preparation of the mold
  • Less corrections needed upon fitting

Additionally, this laser scanning-and-casting method is approved by all insurance copies, which can help patients who have such coverage in managing the overall cost of their orthotic shoes.

Once the laser measurements are completed, the specialists at Comfort Stride Foot Care forward them for manufacturing to Paris Orthotics, based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Paris Orthotics is highly recognized as a leading supplier in the orthotics industry; their manufacturing process uses a combination of hand-craftsmanship and the latest in state-of-the-art technology to produce custom orthotic shoes of the highest standard.

To learn more about Paris Orthotics, their company, and their innovative manufacturing technology, visit the Paris Orthotic’s website.

For further information on the custom orthotic shoes and other orthotic devices available from the certified specialists from Comfort Stride Foot Care Clinic in Toronto, please visit our Custom Orthotics page.

If a foot and/or ankle condition is causing you pain and negatively affecting your quality of life, custom orthotic shoes might be the solution. Call the certified professionals from Comfort Stride Foot Care Clinic today at 647-989-7794 or Contact us to schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.


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