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What are Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are medical inserts for your shoes that correct the way you stand, walk or run. The way you walk might be the reason you are experiencing a variety of symptoms.  Some common reasons our health care professionals prescribe custom orthotics are:

  • Arch or Heel pain: 26%
  • Lower Back or Hip Pain: 20%
  • Knee pain: 12%
  • Fore foot pain: 9%
  • Pain in the big toe: 8%'

Custom orthotics are also for condition like: plantar fascia, bunions, calluses, sore or tired feet, runners knee, shin splints and heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, hip, achilles, shin, heel pain or foot arch pain, IT band syndrome and more. Custom orthotics or insoles can ensure that you disperse those forces evenly. When you are running, the pressure on your feet can be three or four times your body weight. Even walking can produce more pressure than the sum of your body weight.

Proper shoe support is a very important aspect of foot health because the continuous stress and strain over time causing injury and strain to other parts of your body.

Remember, help is near to home. If you are concerned about your feet or considering custom orthotics or insoles. We look forward to evaluate your health and offer you the best treatment or alternatives. We are located in Streetsville and Port Credit in Mississauga.

What is a Gait Scan?

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The GaitScan™ is a revolutionary method of assessing your biomechanics. It is a computerized pressure plate which measures distribution of force throughout a patient's foot during each step.

This state of the art analysis is able to produce objective detailed data that aids in the diagnosis of abnormal foot biomechanics. It has an industry record of 4096 sensors scan at 125 scans/second providing a sophisticated measure of faulty foot biomechanics / gait.

As a patient walks (or runs) across the plate, thousands of tiny sensors scan that bottom surface of the foot. During the scan, the system records timing sequences during gait and captures the relative load of each area of the foot. An increase in magnitude of force is reflected in a color change on the output report. On the two ends of the spectrum, blue means a low value and red means a high value.

Features of the GaitScan™report includes:

  • ability to analize walking, running and static stance
  • bilateral weight distribution
  • compare scan patient with optimal foot
  • identify high pressure areas
  • identify abnormal timing in gait cycle

Who would benefit from a GaitScan™?

Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like the foundation of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, the subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics.Anyone who is on their feet, whether it's for work or sport related activities. You need to take care to avoid strain and strain on your body. We can help you.

Remember, help is near to home. If you are concerned if there are areas of stress in your walking or running biomechanics. If you want improve performance and allow your feet to function naturally. At MyHealth here in Mississauga you can count on us. We look forward to evaluate your health and offer you the best treatment or alternatives. We are conveniently located in Streetsville Village and Port Credit in Mississauga.

We invite you to discover custom orthotics at our Mississauga clinic.

What are Some Facts About Feet?

People punish their feet daily by wearing ill fitting shoes or by walking around on feet that do not function properly. Educate yourself and start improving the health of your feet.


1) 25 % of the Bones in the Body are in your Feet


Your feet are a complex system of 52 bones, 66 joints, 214 ligaments, 38 muscles and tendons. It is no wonder that 75% of North Americans will experience foot health problems of varying degrees, at some point in their lives.

You could be walking in comfort with professionally fitted custom orthotics.

2) The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day

Your feet have an important job; they carry you throughout the day, with every step making an impact on your body. If your foot functions improperly it will have an effect on joints higher up the kinetic chain (your ankle, knee, hip and spine). This may result in pain or discomfort. Most individuals will seek out medical attention for the symptoms they are experiencing in their joints, but do not realize the source of their pain is their feet.

3) The Right Running Shoe for You is Important …

If you are active, it is important that you select the right athletic shoe for your sport and for your foot type. With so many choices on the market, you should consult an expert for the best brand and model for your particular foot each time you buy.

4) 60-70% of People with Diabetes have Mild to Severe Forms of Nerve Damage, Often Impairing the Sensation of the Feet

Foot disease is one of the complications of diabetes. Severe nerve damage in the feet can lead to ulceration and often lower extremity amputations. Early prevention and treatment of foot disease can be managed by effective foot care practices. These practices include: diagnosis of high pressure areas on the diabetic foot and treatment with properly fitted orthotics or footwear.

5) Many Foot Conditions (Bunions, Calluses, Corns, etc.) Are Caused by Ill Fitting Shoes

Most individuals buy shoes that do not properly fit their feet and that tend to aggravate foot ailments. When shopping for shoes make sure you go in the afternoon – your feet swell during the day. Also bring the proper socks for the style of shoe you will be buying, and if applicable, bring your custom orthotics. Shoe sizes vary based on the shoe make and style – do not always assume you will be the same size every time.

6) Achieving the Proper Fit

The toe box should have a ton of room; make sure you can wiggle your toes
Ensure the width fits properly (your forefoot should never be wider than the shoe)
Your heel should be stable within the heel counter. The shoes should feel comfortable the moment you try them on.

What Do You Recommend if The Orthotics are Hurting my Feet?

During the first few weeks of wearing your custom orthotics, you may experience aches and pains in your feet and legs. This is normal and is an indication that your orthotics are working. Your body has been conditioned to accommodate feet that do not function properly; as a result, it may need time to adjust. If your discomfort persists beyond a few weeks, please contact your health care practitioner, your orthotics may simply need a minor adjustment.

What Does Custom Orthotics do?

Orthotics or 'Orthoses' are inserts that comfortably fit into shoes; they are designed to support and improve the functioning of feet. Health care practitioners will prescribe orthotics to patients suffering from chronic foot or lower limb problems or to athletes to help maximize performance during sport.

How Often Should I be Wearing my Orthotics?

Your orthotics should be worn every time you are on your feet – during work, at home and play. Orthotics are like eyeglasses, they work when they are worn. As soon as you take your orthotics out of your shoes or take your shoes off your feet, the stress and discomfort you experienced before wearing your custom orthotics is likely to return.

Do my Shoes Effect my Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are most effective in shoes that are constructed well, fit properly and are in good condition. It is best to bring in your shoes when your health care practitioner is fitting you for orthotics.

Can Custom Orthotics Help Me?

We understand at our mississauga clinic that your feet are the foundation of your entire body. They do an incredible amount of work each day. The smallest imbalance can cause a great deal of discomfort. Custom orthotics help restore that normal balance and function and bring relief from fatigue and pain. Orthotics fit comfortably in your footwear.

Custom orthotics place your feet are gently and consistently into the correct position for standing, walking and running. Pressure points, improper rotation of the foot, painful muscle strain, abnormal forces on the legs, hips and spine are eliminated because custom orthotics enable you feet to function properly.

Remember, help is near to home. If you are concerned about your feet or considering custom orthotics. At MyHealth here in Mississauga you can count on us.  We look forward to evaluate your health and offer you the best treatment or alternatives. We are conveniently located in Streetsville Village in Mississauga.

What if My Orthotics are Hurting?

During the first few weeks of wearing your orthotics, you may experience aches and pains in your feet and legs. This is normal and is an indication that your orthotics are working. Your body has been conditioned to accommodate feet that do not function properly; as a result, it may need time to adjust. If your discomfort persists beyond a few weeks, please contact your health care practitioner, your orthotics may simply need a minor adjustment.

You may also want to consider talking to us about treatment, most patients will find it beneficial to get therapy to treat imbalances in the muscles and joints of the lower limbs.  As you continue to wear your orthotics you will find your muscle and joint are having to adapt to their new biomechanics.