What are Orthotics - can Chiropodists make them?
Orthotics are custom made removable devices that are inserted into footwear and serve to correct the position of the feet.
The feet function in a mechanical way (joint motion and angles) and by placing the joints, muscles and tendon/ligaments in a more efficient position, orthotics are able to improve the movement of the feet and lower legs, thereby treating painful symptoms.
A complete weight bearing and non-weight bearing biomechanical exam with the gain analysis is the first step necessary for an effective custom orthotic prescription. Based on this information, a 3-dimensional impression or cast of the foot is completed and used during the custom manufacturing process.
Chiropodists and Podiatrists are the only regulated health professionals in Ontario with a legislated scope of practice for orthotic provision. This ensures that anyone who receives orthotic management by a Chiropodist or Podiatrist can be assured that they are receiving thorough, competent and safe care.