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  • MARZ HARDY, D.Ch., B.Sc., PODIATRIC MEDICINE EXPLAINS WHY ORTHOTICS ARE SO IMPORTANT WHEN SKIING

ON MY SECOND DATE WITH MY HUSBAND, JOHN HE GAVE ME A PRESENT BY CASTING ME FOR 2 PAIRS OF CUSTOM ORTHOTICS.  I NEVER REALLY HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THEM AND NEVER HAD THEM PREVIOUSLY,  LET ALONE THINK THAT I WOULD SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE DISPENSING THEM TO MY FUTURE PATIENTS.  AS A MATTER OF FACT I NEVER EVEN HEARD OF THE PROFESSION OF CHIROPODY THAT JOHN RECOMMENDED THAT I SHOULD PURSUE.  I AM VERY GLAD THAT I DECIDED TO BECOME A CHIROPODIST AS I ABSOLUTELY LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT EXCEPT FOR THE POLITICS OF COHABITATING WITH OUR COLLEAGUES, PODIATRISTS AND THE COLLEGE OF CHIROPODISTS OF ONTARIO.  NOTHING IN LIFE IS EVER PERFECT.

ANOTHER THING THAT JOHN AND MYSELF DID EARLY ON IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WAS SKI IN WHISTLER WHER HE HAD 2 CONDOS AT BLACKCOMB MOUNTAIN RIGHT BESIDE THE FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER.  RIGHT FROM MY FIRST TIME SKIING WITH JOHN I WORE CUSTOM ORTHOTICS IN MY SKIBOOTS.  THE COMFORT AND FEEL WAS LIKE NIGHT AND DAY WHEN YOU WORE THEM AS COMPARED TO WITHOUT.

NOW THAT I KNOW ABOUT CUSTOM ORTHOTICS I REALIZE THAT WHEN YOU ARE WEARING A SKI BOOT OR SKATE WHERE YOUR FOOT IS TIGHTLY STRAPPED IN AND YOU HAVE A FALLEN LONGTITUDINAL ARCH OR A CONDITION KNOWN AS OVERPRONATION THE ARCH HIEGHT IS DECREASED WITH CONCOMITANT MEDIAL ROTATION OF THE LOWER LIMB AND COMPRIMISED FUNCTIONAL MECHANICS OF EVERY JOINT ABOVE THE  FOOT INCLUDING THE ANKLE, KNEE, HIP AND SPINE.  THEN AS YOU TIGHTEN THE BOOT OR SKATE THE ARCH IS FURTHER COLLAPSED AND COMPRIMISED ADDING TO THE PROBLEM WITH RESULTANT INCREASED BIOMECHANICAL FAULTS

. BY ADDING A CUSTOM ORTHOTIC YOU SUPPORT THE FOOT IN THE NORMAL NON-WEIGHT BEARING POSITION, THEREFORE PROPERLY ALIGNING THE FOOT AND LOWER LIMB.  THIS LEADS TO AN INCREASED EFFICIENCY IN TRANSFERRING THE POWER FROM THE FOOT TO THE SKI, INCREASED BALANCE AND PERFORMANCE WHILE DECREASING THE RISK OF INJURY AND FATIGUE.  VERY IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS FOR A SUCCESSFUL DAY ON TH SLOPES.

USUALLY THE ORTHOTIC THAT FITS IN YOUR SKI BOOT WILL ALSO FIT INTO YOUR SKATE AND IF NOT USUALLY ONLY A SLIGHT MODIFATION AND THEY WILL. THEN AGAIN THIS SAME ORTHOTIC CAN IN MOST CASES BE TAKEN OUT OF YOUR SKI BOOT AND USED IN YOUR REGULAR SHOES. AS ORTHOTICS ARE EXPENSIVE THIS IS AN ADVANTAGE TO BE ABLE TO USE THEM IN MORE THAN ONE TYPE OF SHOE.

ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS HAS BEEN SPECIALIZING IN CUSTOM ORTHOTICS SINCE 1980.  WE USE ONLY THE FINEST LABS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE OUR PATIENTS WITH A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT.  THERE ARE 3 TYPES OF CASTING VAILABLE AT MY FOOT CLINIC INCLUDING PLASTER AND FOAM BUT MY METHOD OF CHOICE IS THE LATEST METHOD WHICH IS 3D COMPUTERIZED NON-WEIGHT BEARING LASER METHOD AND THE INFORMATION IS DIRECTLY SENT BY THE INTERNET TO THE LAB.  MORE PRECISE CASTING WITH MORE COMPLIANCE DUE TO LESS MODIFICATIONS AS WELL AS A DECREASED TURNAROUND TIME WHICH IS GREAT FOR THE PATIENT AS THEY RECEIVE THE ORTHOTIC FASTER.

IF YOU OR A PERSON YOU LOVE REQUIRES HONEST, COMPETENT ADVICE, ORTHOTICS OR FOOT CARE, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT DR. HARDY OR MYSELF AT ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS AT 416-465-8737.

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Academy Clinics has a special interest in high quality custom orthotics.

 

416-465-8737

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