Can I get orthotics for ice skates?

By: Tom Lemke - Cped MC, Cped C, Sep 26, 2017
The Foot Lab Edmonton, Children and orthotics

Will it help with my performance in the game?

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 his 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 right places and they can also help 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 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 your not looking for that kind of peak performance then comfort skates work really well.

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 

Our Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman will create custom-made shoes, inserts, insoles and/or footwear modification to help you:

  • improve your walking posture, putting less stress on your body;
  • relieve foot, leg, or back pain from walking and standing;
  • walk more naturally with differently-sized legs or a partial or full amputation; and
  • relieve pain and improve balance problems caused by chronic health issues like diabetes or cerebral palsy.