What are custom-made orthotics, and can it help me?

Custom-made orthotics are medical appliances that are made based on the shape of your feet, with aim to correct causes for your current foot conditions.  SmartLife custom-made orthotics are made from imprints by GaitScan technology or foam casting to ensure an accurate image of your feet.

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Properly-prescribed custom-made orthotics can often help with all of the following conditions:

  • Pain in the heels, foot/ankle, knees, hips and low back
  • Muscle imbalances in the foot/ankle or lower body
  • Bunions
  • Claw toes
  • Flatfeet / high arch
  • Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD)

SmartLife physiotherapists, chiropractor or chiropodists will select the materials and suggest additions and modifications to your custom-made orthotics to address your healthcare needs.

Visit us or call us today to ask how SmartLife custom-made orthotics can help you achieve your personal best!

How do I get orthotics made with SmartLife Physiotherapy Clinic?

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Your physiotherapist, chiropractor or chiropodist will perform an assessment to check your feet for pain areas/deformities, as well as analyze how your feet move. An imprint of your feet is taken either by plaster cast, by foam-casting or by GaitScan technology.  This imprint is taken in neutral to ensure the shape of your feet is captured for making your custom orthotics. This plaster cast/foam cast/digital scan is then sent to an orthotic lab along with the healthcare professional’s notes to create your custom orthotics.
Once they are created, we help you ensure they are the correct fit, as well as teach you how to wear and care for your custom orthotics.

About GaitScan

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GaitScan is the technology we use at SmartLife Physiotherapy Clinic for precise digital imprints of your feet.  These imprints are both used for creating your custom-made orthotics, as well as to help your physiotherapist determine whether you have any biomechanical problems in your walking.  This is done by analyzing the data collected by sensors on the plate that measures the timing and pressure at 10 different landmarks of your feet.  To learn more about the GaitScan technology, visit http://bit.ly/HoyHdT


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DateNovember 10, 2014
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