If you're looking to alleviate foot pain, enhance sports performance, or achieve better posture, orthotics provide tailored solutions to improve your mobility and comfort. Let's delve into the definition of orthotics, their mechanisms, and the conditions they can address to enhance your well-being.



Orthotics are inserts worn inside footwear to provide support and improve foot mechanics. There are two types: custom-made and off-the-shelf.

At Essence, the custom-made orthotics are crafted following a comprehensive physical examination, digital scan, and gait analysis using advanced technology. The orthotics are specifically tailored to correct individual foot abnormalities and biomechanical issues.


Orthotics work by redistributing pressure, stabilizing joints, correcting alignment issues, providing cushioning or arch support where needed.

- Alleviate pain and discomfort

- Improve posture and gait

- Prevent injuries during sports activities

- Provide support for flat feet or high arches

- Corrections of alignment issues

- Enhanced comfort and stability

Orthotics can address a wide range of conditions affecting the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and back.

Some common conditions that can be helped by orthotics include:

- Flat Feet (Pes Planus): Orthotics can provide arch support and help distribute weight evenly across the foot, reducing strain on the arch and alleviating pain.

- Plantar Fasciitis: Orthotics can help relieve pressure on the plantar fascia and provide cushioning to reduce inflammation and pain.

- Overpronation or Supination: Orthotics can correct abnormal foot motion by providing support and stability by realigning the foot and ankle joints and reduce strain on surrounding muscles and ligaments.

- High Arches (Pes Cavus): Orthotics can provide cushioning and support to reduce pressure on the balls of the feet and heels, as well as help distribute weight more evenly across the foot.

- Achilles Tendinitis: Orthotics can provide support and cushioning to reduce strain on the Achilles tendon, promoting healing and preventing further injury.

- Shin Splints: Orthotics can help redistribute pressure and support the arch of the foot, reducing strain on the muscles and tendons of the lower leg and alleviating pain.

- Knee Pain (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome): Orthotics can help improve alignment and reduce stress on the knee joint, providing relief from pain associated with this condition.

- Lower Back Pain: Orthotics can help improve posture and alignment of the lower body, reducing strain on the lower back and providing relief from pain caused by poor foot mechanics.


Frequently Asked Questions

Most extended health care plans offer coverage for prescription orthotics. Please refer to your plan for coverage details.
Yes, a prescription is required by your family physician, if you are using the extended health care coverage for orthotics. Please refer to your plan for details.