Susan asked Tom from The Foot Lab in Edmonton AB:
I just bought my 15-year-old new ice skates and they hurt the arch in his foot, could he get orthotics for his skates? Could this help with his skating performance?
Skates fit very differently than shoes and gait or the way you propel yourself forward in skates is also very different than shoes and this often adds to the discomfort. Orthotics can be very helpful by supporting the foot in the right places and they can also help with skating performance.
Usually the amount of room in skates is very limited so it's important to find someone who really knows what they are doing when it comes to a skate boot and skate blade fitting. If you or your child is in hockey and you are looking to get the top performance out of the skates it is worth seeing a skate professional for overall fitting and alignment. If you're not looking for that kind of peak performance then comfort skates work really well.
The Foot Lab in Edmonton, AB specializes in custom orthopedic footwear, custom inserts, orthotics and footwear modifications. Visit Tom Lemke, our Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman if you require custom-made shoes, custom insoles or other orthopedic footwear to improve posture, relieve pain or improve balance.
Tom Lemke has been making custom footwear for Canadians for over 30 years.
Tom became a Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman in 1996, and a few years later in 2003 he started his own orthopedic, orthotic and pedorthic practice: The Foot Lab. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, The Foot Lab serves clients from Grande Prairie to Nova Scotia and beyond. Check out our website http://www.footlab.ca/