Frequently Asked Questions

Orthotics Process
What Is Custom Orthotics?
Who Needs Orthotics?
What Can I Do?
When To Wear?
Will I Feel Discomfort?
What Shoes Do I Need?
Will It Affect My Muscles?

What Is The Custom Orthotics Process?

If you are looking to get custom orthotics you will need to book an Orthotics Assessment. This Involves:


+ Health History

+ Biomechancial and Gait Analysis

+ Casting of Your Feet 


Your cast will then be shipped to The Orthotics Group where they will manufacture your orthotics. The manufacturing process can take anywhere from 1-4 weeks.


Once the orthotics arrive at the clinic, we will discuss how to properly wear and care for your orthotics. 

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How Does It Work?

Compression Hosiery and Socks

How Do

They Help?

Orthotics help your body restore a natural balance and normal movement pattners, thereby reducing strain, pain and discomfort. Over time, orthotics will bring you relief from excessive pressure points, fatigue and pain, allowing you to enjoy daily activities once agian!

An average adult takes over 10,000 steps per day, setting the stage for aching, swollen or painful feet. Compression socks are designed to promote healthy circulation, whether you are a standing worker, athlete or have a chronic condition such as arthritis or diabetes. Compression socks can also be used preventatively for long distance travel or pregnancy.



The circulatory system consists of your heart, which pumps oxygen and nutrients rich blood out to your entire body through arteries, as well as veins and lymphatic vessels, which return the blood back to your heart. 


Your feet and lower legs are not only the furthest from the heart, they have to work against gravity to return blood back to your heart.  When blood and lymphatic fluid accumulate in the feet and lower legs it results in swelling, varicose veins and blocks the delivery of fresh oxygen and nutrients. Subsequently, swollen, aching or painful feet may not heal properly from infections or cuts.


Medical gradient compression hosiery applies a controlled amount of pressure to the vessels, gently moving blood and lymphatic fluid from the ankles and feet toward the heart. The amount is greatest at the foot/ankle and gradually decreases to the top of the garment. This gradient pressure helps to return blood and lymphatic fluid back up to the heart, improving circulation and leaving your legs feeling refreshed and energized.



Take a look at the different types of compression hosiery and socks in our Shop Now.

Many people can benefit including those who experience:

  • Swollen feet, ankles, and legs
  • Tired, aching, fatigues legs
  • Poor circulation
  • Family history of venous or lymphatic leg disorders

As a Preventative Measure: 

  • Pregnant
  • Standing or sitting all day
  • Traveling long distances
  • Working out/ Active in sport

Who Should Wear Compression Hosiery?

Custom Orthotics 

Why Is Foot Health So Important?


Like the foundation of a house, your feet supports the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, subtle changes can occur in the entire framework of your body.  These changes cause a chain reaction throughout your posture while you stand and walk and this places  extra stress on your joints, muscles and tendons in the feet, knees, hips or even low back.


Heartland Mississauga Chiropractor, Dr. Da Silva  is trained to assess when custom orthotics may benefit  your  current condition . As part of the assessment, Dr. Da Silva's evaluation may include observation, gait analysis, functional analysis and neurological and orthopedic testing among others. 

How do I know if I need Orthotics?


The symptoms of poor foot alignment may include one or more of the following:

  • Localized foot pain
  • Heel pain
  • Bunions
  • Knee pain
  • Hammer toe
  • Hip pain
  • Arch pain
  • Low back pain