How do I know if I need Orthotics?

By: Tom Lemke - Cped MC, Cped C, Jan 28, 2017
edmonton, tom lemke, feet,

What are some symptoms or tell tail signs that I should get orthotics?

              Heel pain is the most common symptom leading to getting foot orthotics.  Followed by pain in the ball or forefoot, then pain in the legs and lower back. 

 I am starting to get hip pain, could getting the right shoe and/or orthotic help?

                Definitely.  The most important thing, before style, make, model, weight, materials used, etc. is fit.  Ill-fitting shoes, even by just a bit, can cause or exacerbate all sorts of problems in the feet legs and back.   Orthotics are primarily an alignment tool so if there is misalignment present in the feet an orthotic can make a big difference in bringing that misalignment back into line and eliminating pain.

Tom Lemke has been making custom footwear for Canadians for over 30 years.

Tom became a Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman in 1996, and a few years later in 2003 he started his own orthopedic, orthotic and pedorthic practice: The Foot Lab. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, The Foot Lab serves clients from Grande Prairie to Nova Scotia and beyond.  Check out our website 

Our Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman will create custom-made shoes, inserts, insoles and/or footwear modification to help you:

  • improve your walking posture, putting less stress on your body;
  • relieve foot, leg, or back pain from walking and standing;
  • walk more naturally with differently-sized legs or a partial or full amputation; and
  • relieve pain and improve balance problems caused by chronic health issues like diabetes or cerebral palsy.