Survey Reveals Custom Made Foot Orthotics Reduce Foot and Ankle Pain and Increase Activity Level

Survey Reveals Custom Made Foot Orthotics Reduce Foot and Ankle Pain and Increase Activity Level

WINNIPEG, MB – April 11, 2016 – A patient-centred study released by the Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC) today, reveals custom made foot orthotics play a significant role in reducing patients’ pain and discomfort in their feet and ankles and enable them to increase their activity levels.

“As foot orthotic and footwear experts, Pedorthists see patients in their clinics everyday who benefit from custom made foot orthotics. However, there is very limited scientific healthcare literature available on how patients feel about the role custom made foot orthotics play in their treatment,” says Kevin Fraser, a Canadian Certified Pedorthist and president of the Pedorthic Association of Canada. “PAC undertook this study to objectively measure the positive outcome we see in our clinics from treatment with custom made foot orthotics. We are very pleased, but not surprised, by these findings as every day we see patients return to sports and favourite activities because of orthotics and other pedorthic treatment.”

The study, Patient Outcome Measure Evaluation Strategy (POMES), reinforced the positive results Canadian Certified Pedorthists have been reporting from their clinics and clearly revealed that custom made foot orthotics help to reduce pain or discomfort in the foot and ankle and allow individuals to increase their activity levels. Of patients surveyed:

  • 91% reported a reduction in pain after wearing their custom made foot orthotics for 6 weeks
  • 90% reported they were able to walk very well while wearing their custom made foot orthotics
  • 81% indicated their goals were met after six weeks of using their custom made foot orthotics
  • 83% said they were very satisfied with how often they were wearing their custom foot orthotics
  • 93% felt that the advantages of using custom made foot orthotics certainly outweighed the disadvantages
  • 77% reported their custom foot orthotics were very comfortable
  • 87% would recommend custom made foot orthotics to family, friends and colleagues

The POMES study, led by Tyler Amell, PhD, was a multi-centred, internet-based survey of patients’ perspectives on custom made foot orthotics both pre-use and six weeks post-use. Thirty Pedorthists and 217 patients from 23 pedorthic clinics across British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia participated in the study over 12 months. All participants were between 18 and 65-years-old and presented with a musculoskeletal condition below the knee.

About the Pedorthic Association of Canada:

The Pedorthic Association of Canada is a national, non-profit organization whose main mandate is to develop and promote the study, practice and knowledge of pedorthics in Canada. Over the last 15 years, the practice and profession of pedorthics has significantly grown in Canada under the guidance of the Association. Governed by a strict Code of Ethics through both the Association and The College of Pedorthics of Canada the Pedorthic Association of Canada has more than 600 members nationwide. For more information, visit pedorthic.ca

 

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