At the Complete Foot Health Clinic, we treat corns, calluses, plantar warts, ingrown toenails, fungal infections, nail deformities and skin conditions.
Through our assessment procedures we can identify ones' bio-mechanical abnormalities in the feet. The use of video gait analysis equipment and a computerized gait analysis computer system allows our foot specialists to identify more specifically the problems that relate to poor foot function as well as illustrating to you the specific features of your foot type first hand.
At the Complete Foot Health Clinic we assess, prescribe and provide hand-crafted custom orthopaedic shoes. Please call us to discuss your needs and any questions you may have.
Orthotics are shoe inserts that are intended to correct an abnormal, or irregular, walking pattern. Orthotics perform functions that make standing, walking, and running more comfortable and efficient, by altering slightly the angles at which the foot strikes a walking or running surface.
Orthotics take various forms and are constructed of various materials. All are concerned with improving foot function and minimizing stress forces that could ultimately cause foot deformity and pain.
Foot orthotics fall into three broad categories: those that primarily attempt to change foot function, those that are primarily protective in nature, and those that combine functional control and protection.
Rigid orthotics are chiefly designed to control motion in two major foot joints, which lie directly below the ankle joint. These devices are long lasting, do not change shape, and are usually difficult to break. Strains, aches, and pains in the legs, thighs, and lower back may be due to abnormal function of the foot, or a slight difference in the length of the legs. In such cases, orthotics may improve or eliminate these symptoms, which may seem only remotely connected to foot function.
Soft orthotic devices helps to absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots. The advantage of any soft orthotic device is that it may be easily adjusted to changing weight-bearing forces. The disadvantage is that it must be periodically replaced or refurbished. It is particularly effective for arthritic and grossly deformed feet where there is a loss of protective fatty tissue on the side of the foot. It is also widely used in the care of the diabetic foot. Because it is compressible, the soft orthotic is usually bulkier and may well require extra room in shoes, or prescription footwear.
Semi-flex orthotics provide for dynamic balance of the foot while walking or participating in sports. This functional dynamic orthotic helps guide the foot through proper functions, allowing the muscles and tendons to perform more efficiently.
Orthotics for Children
Orthotic devices are effective in the treatment of children with foot deformities.
Usually, the orthotics need to be replaced when the child's foot has grown two sizes. Different types of orthotics may be needed as the child's foot develops, and changes shape.
The length of time a child needs orthotics varies considerably, depending on the seriousness of the deformity and how soon correction is addressed.
Other Types of Orthotics
Various other orthotics may be used for multidirectional sports or edge-control sports by casting the foot within the ski boot, ice skate boot, or inline skate boot. Combinations of semiflexible material and soft material to accommodate painful areas are utilized for specific problems