Foot Orthotics/Orthoses

Supporting a Strong Foundation

Foot Orthotics/Orthoses

Foot orthotics, also known as foot orthoses (sing. foot orthosis), inserts, arch supports or foot supports are medical devices that are used to help support, align, correct or protect the feet.  Foot orthotics are used as treatment for many different maladies including rheumatoid arthritis, plantar fasciitis, diabetic neuropathy, patellofemoral syndrome and metatarsalgia.

Custom orthotics work very well when they are made for the individual based on their specific needs to address issues of the foot such as too much motion or too little motion.

It really is a case of using the right treatment at the right time. 

Some people who have too much motion happening in their feet (such as over pronation with plantar fasciitis) need firmer orthotics to reduce motion while other people who have concerns about diabetes or lack of feeling need softer orthotics to protect the feet. Remember that foot orthoses/orthotics can make a big difference when used properly and sometimes they are not appropriate.  There are other treatments that might also be needed in conjunction with orthotics to help you function at your best. 

There are so many different things that can happen to our feet, it is best to see a Certified Orthotist to sort it out! 

Let us help you!

Foot orthotic assessment in Guelph
Listening to your concerns

Detailed History

Foot examination

Foot Examination

Shape capture or casting of a foot to make a foot orthosis / orthotic

Shape Capture

Building foot orthoses / orthotics

Fabrication of Foot Orthotics


Gait analysis

Re-evaluating the gait

Supporting You

Everyone has a personal best; let us help you find yours!

The Treatment

The process for obtaining foot orthotics

See your family doctor for a diagnosis of your problem (for example, foot pain).  If appropriate, your doctor will write a prescription for foot orthoses/orthotics.

Mississauga (905) 828-2969
The Orthotic Center at The Credit Valley Hospital (905) 813-4050
Guelph (519) 826-9890
Toll free 1-866-829-2969

  • take a detailed medical history
  • look at your shoes and talk to you about your footwear and activities
  • perform a physical examination of your lower extremities
  • perform a biomechanical examination
  • perform a gait analysis (how you walk)
  • explain to you about treatment options
  • take a cast impression of your feet
  • custom make your foot orthotics at our laboratory in Mississauga (this process takes approximately one to two weeks)
  • have you return for the fitting and re-evaluation
  • talk to you about proper use and care
  • provide follow-up evaluations to ensure proper fit and function
  • provide any necessary adjustments and follow-up visits as required
  • we also outline other important factors such as shoes that may affect your feet