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  • Orthotics

    Orthotics are custom-made shoe or heel inserts that are prescribed by a doctor to address various foot, leg, or back problems. They are designed to provide support, correct alignment, and improve overall function of the feet and lower limbs.

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    <p><a href="">Physiotherapist,</a> discusses the benefits of orthotic cycling shoes.</p>

    Physiotherapist, discusses the benefits of orthotic cycling shoes.

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    <p><a href="">Pedorthist </a>discusses over-the-counter vs custom orthotics.</p>

    Pedorthist discusses over-the-counter vs custom orthotics.

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    <p><a href="">&nbsp;Physiotherapist</a>, discusses cycling shoe adjustment accessories.</p>

     Physiotherapist, discusses cycling shoe adjustment accessories.

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    <p><a href="">&nbsp;Pedorthist</a> discusses how Making Foot Orthotics</p>

     Pedorthist discusses how Making Foot Orthotics

  • Cycling Shoe Adjustment Accessories

    Here are some of the options you mentioned:

    1. Wedge devices within the shoe: These devices are thicker on one side and thinner on the other, allowing for the tipping of the forefoot within the shoe. By placing the wedge on one side or the other, you can correct foot alignment issues.

    2. Wedge devices between the cleat and the shoe: Similar to the wedge devices within the shoe, these wedges are placed between the cleat and the shoe to tip the foot in a particular direction. This can help address specific foot mechanics and alignment concerns.

    3. Combination with orthotics: Orthotics can also be used in conjunction with the wedge devices to achieve the desired foot position. Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts designed to support and align the feet properly.

    To determine the appropriate shoe and foot position for cycling, it is advisable to consult with a certified bike fitter or a physiotherapist who specializes in bike fits. These professionals have the expertise to assess your specific needs and help you achieve the optimal foot position for cycling. Additionally, they can provide guidance on muscle tension release, muscle strength training, and conditioning, which can contribute to overall foot health and performance. A local massage therapist, personal trainer, or pedorthist may also be helpful depending on your individual requirements.

  • Custom Orthotics Compared to Over-the-Counter Orthotics

    Both over-the-counter orthotics and custom orthotics serve a similar purpose of supporting the arch, distributing pressure evenly across the foot, and providing additional benefits. However, there are several key differences between the two.

    1. Design and Fit: Over-the-counter orthotics have a generic shape that may not perfectly match the individual's foot anatomy. They are designed to fit the average foot and come in standard sizes. On the other hand, custom orthotics are specifically tailored to an individual's foot shape, providing a more precise fit and support.

    2. Material and Durability: Over-the-counter orthotics are typically made of less durable materials, which means they may not last as long as custom orthotics. Custom orthotics, being made of stronger materials, tend to be more durable and can withstand longer-term use.

    3. Style and Options: Over-the-counter orthotics offer limited options in terms of style and design. They usually come in a standard design that may not cater to specific foot conditions or preferences. Custom orthotics, however, offer more flexibility in terms of style, length, and design, allowing for customization based on individual needs.

    4. Referral Requirement: Custom orthotics require a doctor's referral for production. If someone is considering getting custom orthotics, it is best to consult their family doctor, who can assess their condition and provide the necessary referral. On the other hand, over-the-counter orthotics can be purchased without a referral or prescription.

    5. Cost: Over-the-counter orthotics are generally less expensive compared to custom orthotics. The customization process involved in creating custom orthotics makes them more costly.

    When considering orthotics, it is recommended to start by consulting a family physician who can provide a referral to a local pedorthist or recommend other healthcare professionals like physiotherapists who can help with orthotic fitting.

    Presenter: Ms. Jody Weightman, Pedorthist, Vancouver, BC

    Now Health Network Local Practitioners: Pedorthist

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