Custom Orthotics

Custom Orthotics – Are They Worth It?

Written by Nancy

Many people don’t realize this, but the feet are placed under an immense amount of strain that can translate into a wide range of musculoskeletal problems. These problems can be restricted to the feet themselves and in many cases can extend to cause chronic back and joint pain.

The conditions of the foot include bursitis, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and tendon strains. Each of these conditions can be helped with the use of custom foot orthotics that are designed specifically for your condition and the structure of your feet. As such, these form an integral part of your treatments and when conjoined with physical therapy can go a long way in helping manage your foot and other orthopedic concerns.

What are Foot Orthotics?

Foot orthotics are supports used to correct misfit in your shoes, which if left unaddressed can be the cause of the conditions we’ve identified earlier. Although you would find a lot of generic over the counter orthotics in the market, corrective orthotics can only be prescribed by a podiatrist who designs them after a careful examination of what your medical requirements are.

These medical aids can then correct any dysfunction which causes your musculoskeletal condition, to eliminate the cause of the condition altogether; the cause being balance or weight distribution problems on the foot.

What Conditions Can these Be Used For?


Usually, orthotics are used to treat common painful conditions of the foot. Whether it’s strained ligaments, heels spurs or tendon tears, your podiatrist can design a foot orthotic to help resume normal mobility.

Particularly for athletes who are far more susceptible to developing long term musculoskeletal conditions originating from the foot, using foot orthotics in conjunction with physiotherapy can speed up the recovery process.

Why are Custom Orthotics Better?

If we look at orthotics from a therapeutic point of view it becomes clear why custom orthotics are better than generic alternatives. Every person has a different body structure that is affected by a different set of physical strains and forces. As such, there can be no uniform way of treating their condition especially if they originate from the foot.

For your orthotics to do their job, it’s essential that these are crafted based on the specific requirements of your feet and the specific problem of the foot causing your conditions. Therefore, investing in custom orthotics and having them designed by a specialist podiatrist is a health expenditure that pays back perpetually.

The Sports and Exercise Medicine Institute in Toronto offers specialist physical therapy services for musculoskeletal injuries, especially those stemming from sports injuries. With clinics across Toronto, they provide custom foot orthotics, physical therapy, regenerative medical injection therapy as well as massage therapy for your musculoskeletal problems. Get in touch with them today for more information on their services or to make an appointment with their specialists.

About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.