How Orthotics Can Relieve Your Foot Pain and Improve Your Posture

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Do you suffer from foot pain, posture problems, or other joint issues? If so, you might benefit from orthotics, custom-made devices that fit inside your shoes and correct the alignment of your feet. In this blog post, I will explain what orthotics are, how they work, and why you need them.

What are orthotics, and how do they work?

Orthotics are specially designed inserts made from a cast of your foot. They are prescribed by a podiatrist, a doctor who specializes in foot care, or a chiropractor, a doctor who specializes in spine and joint care. 

Orthotics can help with various foot conditions, such as flat feet, high arches, bunions, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and more. They can also help with other joint problems, such as knee, hip, back, and arthritis.

Orthotics work by supporting the natural arches of your foot and correcting the alignment of your foot bones. Orthotics help to distribute your body weight evenly across your feet and reduce the stress and pressure on your joints. Orthotics also provide cushioning and shock absorption, improving your comfort and preventing injuries.

Why do you need orthotics?

You might need orthotics if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • You have foot pain, especially in the heel, arch, or ball of the foot.
  • You need help walking, standing, or running for long periods.
  • You have poor posture, such as slouching, leaning, or tilting to one side.
  • You have uneven wear and tear on your shoes, such as worn-out heels, soles, or toes.
  • You have a family history of foot problems or joint disorders.

Orthotics can help you by relieving your foot pain and improving your posture. By correcting the alignment of your feet, orthotics can also improve the function and health of your other joints, such as your knees, hips, and spine. Orthotics can enhance your mobility, stability, and balance and prevent further damage or degeneration of your joints.

How to get orthotics?

If you need orthotics, consult a chiropractor who can assess your foot condition and prescribe the best type. They will take an impression of your foot using a cast or a scanner and send it to a lab where your orthotics will be made. 

They will also write a prescription specifying your orthotics' materials, shape, and size.

Once your orthotics are ready, you must return to the clinic to have them fitted and adjusted. Your doctor will also give you instructions on how to wear and care for your orthotics, such as breaking them in gradually, replacing them when they wear out, and cleaning them regularly.

Most of the time, orthotics are covered by insurance, either partially or fully. However, some insurance companies may require a note from your doctor stating that orthotics are medically necessary for you. You should check with your insurance provider before getting orthotics to determine your coverage and co-payment.


Orthotics are a great way to relieve foot pain and improve posture. They can also help you with other joint problems, such as knee, hip, back, and arthritis. Orthotics are custom-made devices that fit inside your shoes and correct the alignment of your feet. 

If you want orthotics or have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Cary Yurkiw at Tutt Street Family Chiropractic Clinic in Kelowna. I would love to help you with your foot and joint health. 

You can also watch my video on YouTube or Instagram, where I explain more about orthotics and how they can help you.

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