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Do I need foot orthoses?
April 27, 2018 | by Tasha Fensom

A pedorthist focuses on the foot and ankle, and the way you move through the lower limb joints, to find solutions for managing injury or preventing it.

Their primary concern is to reduce pressure, assist with optimal gait, maintain proper alignment, control faulty foot mechanics and aid in joint function. One of the ways this is done is through custom orthoses. These can fit in your shoe as the form of insoles, or can be customized to support other areas of the foot and ankle joint. Not sure if orthoses are right for you? Here’s three reasons you might want to consider seeing a pedorthist.

1. You have foot pain when you are walking/running:

When feeling pain in the foot during walking or running, an individual will automatically change the way they walk, run or perform their daily activities to try to alleviate some of that pain. This can then cause pressure overload/stress to other structures in the body (i.e., knees, back, and hips.). Orthoses can help to relieve pain and pressure, as well as to help to correct gait.


Do you get pain in your arches? Have you been told you have high arches or flat feet? Custom orthoses or over-the-counter insoles can control the underlying faulty foot mechanics (flat feet) or high arches by reducing pressure, aiding in joint function, helping with gait and maintaining proper alignment of the bones in the feet.


Ankle function is a predictor of mobility, balance, fall risk and overall functional status. Since the ankle joint is responsible for forward motion in gait, a loss of ankle function can increase demand on the hip leading to increased overall stress on the joints. Knee injury can also sometimes tie to stress and strain due to poor foot mechanics. This can cause damage or deterioration of the articular cartilage. Cartilage helps provide shock absorption and acts as a lubricant which allows the end of bones to slide over one another to ensure proper joint motion. So, when cartilage becomes damaged, it limits the knees normal movement and can create pain. Custom foot orthoses will assist in stabilizing the ankle and knee joint and increase joint range of motion.


If you think you fit into one of these categories, talk to your family doctor about a referral to a Fortius Pedorthist. Some fees may be covered by an extended health care plan. In addition to orthoses, Pedorthists at Fortius also provide specific footwear recommendations, custom toe cradles, intrinsic stretching and release work to help alleviate painful or debilitating conditions and/or abnormalities which limit actions of the lower limb. To learn more about our services, visit the Pedorthics page on our website or call us at 604.292.2501.