At Align Orthotics we offer a variety of products and services. Take a peek below to learn more about what we offer!
A foot orthotic is used to treat a variety of conditions of the foot and lower limb. It supports the arches, prevents or corrects mal-alignments and improves function of the foot. It can support the foot in either an accommodative or corrective manner.
Orthotics work by decreasing high-pressure areas, stabilizing foot alignment and/or cushioning the foot. Orthotics will not permanently change your anatomy and will function only when you are standing or walking on them.
Orthotics are used to relieve symptoms of common foot injuries such as plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, neuromas and various lower limb tendon injuries. They are also used in helping conditions of the knee, hip and back such as patello-femoral pain syndrome (PFPS) and illio-tibial band syndrome (ITBS). Orthotics also help individuals with diabetes or arthritis. Orthotics complement other treatments such as physiotherapy, chiropractic, stretching, icing and massage.
At Align, orthotics are manufactured on site from a 3-D image of your foot using raw materials. Our casting techniques include plaster slipper casting and foam box casting. Check out our Youtube page for a video of Meghann describing the manufacturing process.
Align’s clinicians are specially trained to measure and fit for custom and over the counter compression products. Whether you suffer from tired, aching legs because you spend too much time standing or sitting, or suffer from more serious problems like swelling, varicose veins and venous insufficiency you may benefit from compression therapy.
Check out our blog on our funky compression socks for runners (and people who stand a lot at work).
When injuries are in the acute phase (e.g. post-ankle sprain) or due to chronic joint instability, braces are prescribed by physicians and therapists to prevent further injury to the affected joint or tissue. The clinicians at Align will provide the appropriate knee and ankle braces for your specific needs.
We carry one of the most popular ankle braces among professional athletes. The ASO EVO stabilizing brace is used frequently by athletes in the NBA, NFL, NCAA, and more! This slim ankle brace is used for acute ankle inversion and eversion sprains, chronic ankle instability, tibials posterior dysfunction, and other conditions. Its unique strapping and design provide superior inversion and eversion control, and improved comfort.
You may require extra support to the arches of your feet for temporary relief of symptoms such as plantar fasciitis but do not require a custom made orthotic. At Align we carry Sole pre-fabricated inserts that are heat-mouldable to create a semi-custom productas well as Birkenstock inserts which are ¾ length and fit into most shoes.
The key to successful rehabilitation of an injury and remaining injury-free is proper strengthening and stretching of affected muscles. The clinicians at Align are certified pedorthists with kinesiology degrees who are trained in the assessment of lower limb alignment and function. Using our 3D gait analysis system we identify areas of weakness or poor flexibility that are contributing to the injury. We will provide simple exercises that you can perform at home without the use of specialized equipment. We can also provide our report to a physiotherapist or personal trainer with whom you are familiar to help with your treatment.