Custom Orthotics: New Technology That Offers Superior Orthotics

Since the birth of orthotics in the 20th century, body support solutions have evolved every single year to another level. In the 1950’s manual manufacturing was the primary go-to solution for foot support. Sixty-eight years later, Custom 3D Printed Orthotics is a new technology that our clinic in Barrie, Ontario is proud to be the first medical clinic in Canada to prescribe.

Utilizing the Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer made by HP Inc., the machine can create a precision mold like no other before it to your foot. The nylon printing powder and a lattice design gives the insert an unparalleled comfort to every mold that’s printed.


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The orthotic is a breakthrough for those dealing with flat feet, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, lower back pain and even high arched feet due to its precision and accuracy. With the insole being so specific for you, there’s nothing else on the market that comes close.

The process is simple: 9 cameras are used to get a precise scan of the foot – then a walking mat is utilized to accrue specific detail of one’s foot balance and walking patterns. So now all adjustments made are to the shell of the orthotic (see photo above) rather than before where there was no shell, and the orthotic foam was made thicker in certain areas to accommodate the foot shape.


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With the dawn of a new year on the horizon, there’s no better time to come in for a free consultation. The inserts are in the same price range of typical orthotics for the most part, which makes for an affordable decision.

Give our clinic a call at 705-315-0111 and book your appointment with one of our Pedorthist’s today.


Orthotics for Christmas

At our clinic in Barrie, we revolutionized the orthotic game across Canada by offering the first ever 3D Printed Custom Orthotics in the country. The inserts are made possible by HP Inc.’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer which has biocompatible nylon printing powder and lattice design which brings comfort to a completely different level.

Certified Pedorthist, Stan Chikh says the orthotics are so specific for you. Where the breaking-in period of a normal orthotic is normally 2 weeks, the 3D Printed Custom Orthotics are 4 days. The process entails various cameras to specifically capture one’s foot shape, rotation, and walking patterns. The lightweight design makes for a perfect fit for any shoe, and will help with many health conditions. Unrivaled comfort and precision molding helps with flat feet, plantar fasciitis, shin splints and even lower back pain.

Health Benefits

Other than just providing comfort, orthotics are also used to help stabilize osteoarthritic joint(s), offloading joint deformity and can also be worn for everyday activity, regardless of age. The inserts are also responsible for the correction of biomechanical problems that lead to pain and discomfort. Different parts of the foot require different levels of support and flexibility, which is what Custom 3D Printed Orthotics will provide.

Along with the comfort and durability the insert can bring, the orthotics are also backed with a 2-year extended warranty and unlimited modifications. Our custom orthotics make the perfect gift for the holidays.  Call us today at (705) 315-0111 to book a free consultation for you, a family member or friend and give the gift of being pain-free this holiday season.

Custom 3D Orthotics for Lower Back Pain

Your back is like a building’s structure and it needs to be properly supported in order to be erect and function. Without that support, pain comes into play. Custom 3D Orthotics are a revolutionary orthotic that will help suppress lower back pain and correct posture.

Rawpixel 1137302 UnsplashThere’s a theory called “Foot orthotics and the domino effect,” which has to do with people that have pronated feet/ankles which distributes body weight to the outer parts of the foot. In some cases, too much foot rotation can cause the knees to turn inwards and create a condition called knock-knees.

The irregular movement of the knees shifts the angle of where the thigh bone meets the pelvis, which in turn causes an unsteady hip posture that destabilizes the spine. You’ve probably heard the saying “everything in your body is connected,” it’s very true. The domino effect starts at the feet with inadequate or poor foot support, then works its way up to the leg, pelvis, and spine.

The destabilization of the spine can lead to more serious conditions like Sciatica, which is back pain caused by over compression of a spinal nerve. Which, you guessed it, can come from a lack of foot support initially.

3d Printred Custom Foot Orthotic Clinic BarrieAt our clinic in Barrie Ontario, our specialists have mastered 3D printing technology to create Canada’s first 3D orthotics. We realized some parts of the foot required additional support and some needed less based on the foot and previous orthotics weren’t always doing the trick. 3D printing allows us to eliminate the bulkiness of other custom orthotics and create a precision mold like no other.

Prevent the potential for back pain and current back pain by contacting our experts today, and create an orthotic that fits your stride.

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3D Custom Orthotics for Flat Feet

Flat Feet also known as, “Fallen Arches”, is one of the most prevalent foot conditions. The main cause is a very low or non-existent arch in the foot. Most people who suffer from flat foot condition are asymptomatic. They feel no pain and are able to enjoy normal foot and leg function. Others however, develop foot pain due to flat feet when they get older.
People diagnosed with Fallen Arches only need treatment if they cause discomfort, indicate an underlying disorder, or lead to pain elsewhere in the body. When the foot condition does cause symptoms, simple devices and exercises can help to minimize the discomfort.

3D-Custom Orthotics are now quickly becoming the leading solution for any foot ailment(s) in the Orthotic industry. The revolutionary Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer, patented bio-compatible nylon printing powder and lattice-design gives the ability to mold any foot shape to an orthotic with pristine accuracy.

CaptureClinical Director Stan Chikh, demonstrates the assessment process of a 3D Orthotic: VIDEO courtesy of CTV Barrie.

To have an orthotic molded exactly to scale will help fight against Plantar Fasciitis, relieve foot pain, heel pain and various other foot ailments.People with flat feet have a very low arch or no arch, meaning that one or both of their feet may be flat on the ground. Fitted orthotics will help relieve pressure on the arch and reduce pain if the feet roll too far inward.Pain will most commonly affect the arch of the foot, calf, knee, hip, lower back and the lower legs. Without the proper orthotic support Flat Feet can also cause an uneven distribution of body weight. Which in turn, may result in further injuries throughout the body.

Book your free consultation TODAY with one of our Canadian Certified Pedorthists and let us mold your pain-free future with our 3D Orthotics.

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Custom orthotics are designed to reduce the amount of pressure that is distributed to the legs and feet while being physically active. By limiting leg muscles rubbing against the tibia( leg bone) we can reduce inflammation and future occurrence of shin splints.

What Are Shin Splints?


Shin splints, or “medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS)”, is a common injury caused by intensive physical activity. In most cases it’s the by-product of repeated trauma to the connective muscle tissue surrounding the tibia. This condition is very common and affects those who are physically active, as well as various athletes of all levels.Shin splints are the most common amongst athletes and people with flat feet. When suffering from shin splints, the common misconception is to “run through the pain”. However, ignoring shin splints can potentially lead to more serious injuries, such as a stress fracture.

Causes of Shin Splints

The simple cause of shin splints is an overload of the muscles, tendons and connective tissue within the lower extremities. The muscle attached to the two leg bones, the tibia and fibula, becomes inflamed when overworked, thus causing tremendous pain within the shin area. Repetitive flexing and impact of the leg muscles are the most common causes of shin splints. Physical activities such as jogging, walking, tennis, soccer, dance and weight lifting activities, can involve constant pounding on the feet and legs, which can cause shin inflammation if the activity is prolonged.

Symptoms of Shin Splints

With physically active individuals, shin splints can be triggered after vigorous and prolonged activity. People who have been inactive for a long period of time could potentially experience the symptoms during the initial phases of their exercise sessions.
Most athletes experience shin splint symptoms at the end of their sports session. Often, pain appears in the early stages of a workout, gradually decreasing mid-way through the session, only to reappear at the end. The pain may be dull and achy initially. Eventually, with repetitive exertion and trauma, the inflammation can worsen to the point where running, walking or normal weight bearing can become extremely painful.

Relief from Shin Splints

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Wearing appropriate footwear with proper cushioning is one of the best ways to prevent shin splints initially. Shin splints can progress into a stress fracture if not treated properly. In most cases, shin splints can heal completely with the appropriate footwear.

Custom orthotics are designed to reduce the amount of pressure that is distributed to the legs and feet when being physically active, which in turn will limit leg muscles rubbing against the tibia and cause less inflammation.
It is important to choose an orthotic that is not too flexible, nor too rigid. An orthotic that is firm doesn’t provide adequate shock absorption during impact activity. If the material or design of the orthotic does not compress adequately, the shock generated from your foot striking the ground is transmitted back into the injured area when force is applied.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, an orthotic that’s too “cushiony” may fail to alleviate the symptoms of shin splints because the support they provide is inadequate. Regardless of the insoles you ultimately choose, it is important to break them in over a prolonged period of time. Your foot may not be accustomed to the level of support a new insole provides, and it may take some time for the muscles and ligaments to acclimate.

For those experiencing shin splints and shin discomfort, book your free consultation at Pro Motion Healthcare TODAY to get your custom 3D-orthotics, and say good-bye to shin splints.

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Orthotics for Athletes

Orthotics can help improve your athletic performance. Whether you’re a recreational or high-level athlete, adding custom made orthotics to your routine can really up your game! In fact, there are very few active adults and children who would not benefit from custom made orthotics.


Orthotics relieve pain and enhance performance by aligning muscles, ligaments and bones in the lower body. Active children, teens and adults such as runners, walkers, basketball players, skiers, skaters, cyclists and golfers wear orthotics to accommodate the demands of their specific sport and help improve performance.

Here at Pro Motion Healthcare, we utilize specialized hardware and software components to capture an individual’s unique 3D foot scan, dynamic gait and pressure data to create custom made orthotics. The designs are lightweight and comfortable which helps correct the biomechanical problems associated with the various sports. Here’s how custom made orthotics work to improve performance in some of the most common sports.


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Walking and running shoes are designed to fit everyone’s feet, but not one person’s feet in particular. Prolonged walking and running puts stress on the feet, ankles, knees, legs, hips and lower back. At ProMotion Healthcare, we treat numerous walkers and runners who suffer from heel pain, flat feet, weak ankles, shin splints, knee pain, hip pain and low back discomfort.



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Just as a lighter bike frame or more powerful shocks can give a cyclist the edge needed to win a race, quality orthotics improve performance by providing more efficient delivery of power to the pedal, maximizing the transfer of energy to the pedal and minimizing leg fatigue. Cyclists often suffer from knee pain, which is often a result of excessive arch collapse. At Pro Motion Healthcare, our custom made orthotics are individually designed to help support the arch.

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Orthotics help golfers distribute their weight more evenly, stabilize your feet when swinging and lessen fatigue of the lower body. Orthotics also correct posture, which is key to maintaining a consistent golf swing.




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Basketball puts an enormous strain on the feet. Jumping, running, turning, cutting, and reversing puts pressure on your joints and muscles which can cause pain and weakness. Orthotic devices align the muscles, ligaments and joints and provide cushioning. This allows you to play longer and harder on the court.



Pro Motion Healthcare, has been helping active adults, teens and children achieve improved performance, comfort, and protection from injury for many years. We pride ourselves by helping people move through life with greater stability, comfort and peace of mind. Whether you are involved in a recreational or high-level activity, we measure our success by the number of people whose quality of life we improve.

Visit us today to meet with one of our Canadian Certified Pedorthists to help you find the best fit for your athletic activity.

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The Difference Custom Made Orthotics Can Make

Asphalt Clouds Endurance 421160Custom Made Orthotics are medical devices that are used for variety of health concerns ranging from foot and ankle problems to knee’s and back issues. They’re also used to help stabilize osteoarthritic joint(s), offloading joint deformity and can also worn for everyday activity, regardless of age.

With populations aging, the number of people who utilize orthotics has grown significantly in the past 3-decades. Projections indicate 7.3 million people in the United States will utilize orthoses to combat the effects of paralysis, deformity and orthopedic impairments by 2020.

Despite the advancement of technology and manufacturing methods, custom orthotics manufacturing hasn’t drastically changed since the 1950’s. The preferred method for North American Podiatrists & Chiropodists is vacuum-forming plastic over a positive foot. A little bit of an out-dated manufacturing method, where it doesn’t take into account the design of the device and the materials used; which in turn, limits its functional capabilities.

“FitStation”, which is powered by HP, utilizes specialized hardware and software components to capture an individual’s unique 3D foot scan, dynamic gait and pressure data. This data is automatically analyzed to provide manufacturing instructions for 3D printed custom foot orthotics. It’s the world’s first end-to-end solution, which provides individual off-the-shelf shoe and insole recommendations, 3D printed insoles and individualized custom footwear.Fitstation Foot Scanner Front Abk9i6

The designs are lightweight and comfortable which help correct the biomechanical problems that lead to pain and discomfort. Different parts of the foot require different levels of support and flexibility. What 3D printing allows, is the lattice-framework to be adjusted without increasing the thickness of the custom orthotics.

For those who understand the pain associated with a generic “off-the-shelf orthotic insole”, custom 3D-orthotics are the breakthrough you’ve been waiting for. Book your free consultation at Pro Motion Healthcare TODAY to get your custom 3D-orthotics, and say good-bye to foot pain.

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Keeping Your Feet Healthy While Cycling

Orthopedic Footwear CyclingCycling is a great way to get a cardiovascular workout and it can be done alone or with a group of friends. Cycling is also good for the body as is reduces the amount of force used on the joints of the lower extremities. It will also give you a chance to enjoy the sun and fresh air and is much more mentally soothing than plodding away on an elliptical machine. Though cycling is good for the heart and body and generally safe, there are some issues related to your feet that you should keep in mind to lower your chance of foot related injuries.Read More

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Improving Your Golf Performance Using Orthotic Support

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Custom Made Golf Orthotics

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show there is a clear relation linking the changes in standing balance, exercise, and proprioception.
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Walking and Children’s Orthotics

Children grow so fast. It is no wonder parents are constantly having to buy new clothes and shoes for their kids. You may wonder, how does a child learn how to walk? Well, this is a great question, but children do not simply learn how to walk, they actually just have a natural instinct that kicks in at certain ages in their life. Read More