DK Orthotic Solutions

DK Orthotic Solutions Athletic and sport specific orthotics custom made to help you perform better, no matter your sport. Official Padorthist for Hamilton Ti-Cats, Forger FC & McMaster varsity athletes.
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Located in Hamilton, ON WHO WE ARE

DK Orthotic Solutions is a sports pedorthic company focused on working wtih active populations which are eager and committed to recovering, maintaining and improving their athletic performance and/or physical well-being. We achieve this by using orthotic and footwear solutions to maximize the efficiency of your muscles during activity and promoting maximal leve

Located in Hamilton, ON WHO WE ARE

DK Orthotic Solutions is a sports pedorthic company focused on working wtih active populations which are eager and committed to recovering, maintaining and improving their athletic performance and/or physical well-being. We achieve this by using orthotic and footwear solutions to maximize the efficiency of your muscles during activity and promoting maximal leve

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06/08/2021

Ever need a good excuse for buying another set of running shoes?

Here’s why it’s beneficial to have multiple pairs of running shoes:

🏃🏼‍♂️Using more than one running shoe has been shown in studies to actually help decrease your chance of injury.

🏃🏼‍♂️By using shoes with different heel/toe drops and midsole stack heights, it forces your body to use your muscles slightly differently when running.

🏃🏼‍♂️This helps to avoid your body from getting too "lazy" and helps to keep muscles active and engaged when running. By keeping muscles more active and engaged, it helps to decrease stress and strain on joints and ligaments.

🏃🏼‍♂️If you have been using one shoe for all your running, make sure you switch over to using a new shoe slowly. Start with walking in the shoe and then progress to short easy runs. As your body adjusts to the new shoe you can gradually start doing more with it.

Happy shoe shopping!⭐️

#dkos #dkorthoticsolutions #performbetter

When it comes to our bike orthotics, there are many different factors we consider and look at when doing our assessment....
06/04/2021

When it comes to our bike orthotics, there are many different factors we consider and look at when doing our assessment. 🚴‍♀️

Everything from biomechanics and alignment to riding style, training and history of injuries. Three of the more important factors we look at are listed below:

1) What is the natural shape and alignment of your foot under normal conditions

2) How does that shape and alignment affect the tracking of your leg during the pedal stroke

3) Does that mal-alignment (if any) cause pain?

Often times, if a person is not able to properly position their foot in a neutral position while on the bike, it will lead to tracking issues of the ankle, knee and hip, especially over extended rides or hard efforts.

These issues can often lead to pain when riding and can sometimes be helped by a bike orthotic.

Have you have tried using an orthotic while biking?🚴‍♀️

When it comes to our bike orthotics, there are many different factors we consider and look at when doing our assessment. 🚴‍♀️

Everything from biomechanics and alignment to riding style, training and history of injuries. Three of the more important factors we look at are listed below:

1) What is the natural shape and alignment of your foot under normal conditions

2) How does that shape and alignment affect the tracking of your leg during the pedal stroke

3) Does that mal-alignment (if any) cause pain?

Often times, if a person is not able to properly position their foot in a neutral position while on the bike, it will lead to tracking issues of the ankle, knee and hip, especially over extended rides or hard efforts.

These issues can often lead to pain when riding and can sometimes be helped by a bike orthotic.

Have you have tried using an orthotic while biking?🚴‍♀️

This is one of the more common questions I get asked from people, and for good reason. 👣 Traditionally, orthotics can be...
06/01/2021

This is one of the more common questions I get asked from people, and for good reason. 👣

Traditionally, orthotics can be quite bulky and thick and are hard to fit into a shoe size that fits well without an orthotic. This is especially true when dealing with specialty footwear like cleats, skates, bike shoes or performance running shoes.

With a properly made orthotic, you should not need to go up a size with your shoes.
I will say that again, with a properly made orthotic, you should not need to go up a size with your shoes.

I never understood why getting an orthotic means you need to go up a size in your shoes? So now that you have an orthotic, you need to wear a shoe that is too big and doesn't fit properly, how does that help us? This is again, another reason why I started DKOS, to design and build orthotics that not only fit your feet properly, but also fit shoes which are the proper size for your foot.

The combination of the materials we use in our orthotics and the how we put them together allow us to design an orthotic which properly supports your foot, but also fits your proper shoe size. 👟

Send us a message or let us know if you have questions about your orthotic fit and shoe size!

This is one of the more common questions I get asked from people, and for good reason. 👣

Traditionally, orthotics can be quite bulky and thick and are hard to fit into a shoe size that fits well without an orthotic. This is especially true when dealing with specialty footwear like cleats, skates, bike shoes or performance running shoes.

With a properly made orthotic, you should not need to go up a size with your shoes.
I will say that again, with a properly made orthotic, you should not need to go up a size with your shoes.

I never understood why getting an orthotic means you need to go up a size in your shoes? So now that you have an orthotic, you need to wear a shoe that is too big and doesn't fit properly, how does that help us? This is again, another reason why I started DKOS, to design and build orthotics that not only fit your feet properly, but also fit shoes which are the proper size for your foot.

The combination of the materials we use in our orthotics and the how we put them together allow us to design an orthotic which properly supports your foot, but also fits your proper shoe size. 👟

Send us a message or let us know if you have questions about your orthotic fit and shoe size!

Felt great on this weeks evening 10K run.  👍🏼I have been doing many of my runs in the evening as of late due to work and...
05/28/2021

Felt great on this weeks evening 10K run. 👍🏼

I have been doing many of my runs in the evening as of late due to work and time with the kids. I really enjoy running at this time of the day and even into the night, something peaceful about running under the setting sun or the night sky, especially through the woods with a headlamp on!

Was using the Nike Pegasus 37 with a light duty running orthotic for this easy paced run.

I really like the new React midsole and airbag cushioning Nike built into this version of the Pegasus, but I find the toe box area of the shoe to be quite shallow and a bit compressive to the toes.

Do you have a favourite running shoe? 👟

Felt great on this weeks evening 10K run. 👍🏼

I have been doing many of my runs in the evening as of late due to work and time with the kids. I really enjoy running at this time of the day and even into the night, something peaceful about running under the setting sun or the night sky, especially through the woods with a headlamp on!

Was using the Nike Pegasus 37 with a light duty running orthotic for this easy paced run.

I really like the new React midsole and airbag cushioning Nike built into this version of the Pegasus, but I find the toe box area of the shoe to be quite shallow and a bit compressive to the toes.

Do you have a favourite running shoe? 👟

When should sport orthotics be replaced?💡How long an orthotic will last will all depend on the amount of time you use th...
05/25/2021

When should sport orthotics be replaced?💡

How long an orthotic will last will all depend on the amount of time you use the orthotics, the style of orthotic, your biomechanics and what you use the orthotic for.

👉On average, orthotics will last approximately 24 months before significant wear occurs and changes need to be made.

With that being said, I have had individuals who have had their orthotics for 8-10 years and they have been fine. I have also had some people, ultra runners for example, that have needed to replace their orthotics every 10-12 months.

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The materials used in the orthotic to make it flex, absorb and spring back are inherently the characteristics that make it break down, similar to a running shoe. A running shoe is designed to be soft, yet responsive in the way it absorbs and returns energy in your stride. The very nature of this absorbing and returning energy is what leads to it's breakdown.

If a shoe and an orthotic were built to last forever, it would be built like a piece of iron and would not be very comfortable as it wouldn't be able to absorb the impact of your step.

Regardless of what a person is doing with their orthotic, I like to see everyone at least every 12 months to check on the condition of their orthotic and ensure it is doing everything it is supposed to do. At this visit, we get a more accurate idea of how the orthotic is wearing, how many more miles it has left in it and if we need to make any changes to help stretch it's lifespan.

How long do your orthotics usually last?

When should sport orthotics be replaced?💡

How long an orthotic will last will all depend on the amount of time you use the orthotics, the style of orthotic, your biomechanics and what you use the orthotic for.

👉On average, orthotics will last approximately 24 months before significant wear occurs and changes need to be made.

With that being said, I have had individuals who have had their orthotics for 8-10 years and they have been fine. I have also had some people, ultra runners for example, that have needed to replace their orthotics every 10-12 months.

🔻🔻
The materials used in the orthotic to make it flex, absorb and spring back are inherently the characteristics that make it break down, similar to a running shoe. A running shoe is designed to be soft, yet responsive in the way it absorbs and returns energy in your stride. The very nature of this absorbing and returning energy is what leads to it's breakdown.

If a shoe and an orthotic were built to last forever, it would be built like a piece of iron and would not be very comfortable as it wouldn't be able to absorb the impact of your step.

Regardless of what a person is doing with their orthotic, I like to see everyone at least every 12 months to check on the condition of their orthotic and ensure it is doing everything it is supposed to do. At this visit, we get a more accurate idea of how the orthotic is wearing, how many more miles it has left in it and if we need to make any changes to help stretch it's lifespan.

How long do your orthotics usually last?

Throwback to the 2019 Around The Bay 30k 👟  Looking back over the past couple years this one was one of the more memorab...
05/21/2021

Throwback to the 2019 Around The Bay 30k 👟 Looking back over the past couple years this one was one of the more memorable ones.

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to run this race, but decided to use it as a training run anyway. I ended up meeting someone along the way who was looking to set a PB for the race. I happily shifted roles in my head to help pace him to a 5 minute personal best!

Looking forward to getting back to these races and meeting the amazing people who run them!

Such a memorable race that year⭐️

Duration: 02:20:36
Pace: 04’41”

Throwback to the 2019 Around The Bay 30k 👟 Looking back over the past couple years this one was one of the more memorable ones.

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to run this race, but decided to use it as a training run anyway. I ended up meeting someone along the way who was looking to set a PB for the race. I happily shifted roles in my head to help pace him to a 5 minute personal best!

Looking forward to getting back to these races and meeting the amazing people who run them!

Such a memorable race that year⭐️

Duration: 02:20:36
Pace: 04’41”

"Can kids wear orthotics for sport?"🧒Orthotics for younger kids are more common than one may think, but they are not alw...
05/18/2021

"Can kids wear orthotics for sport?"🧒

Orthotics for younger kids are more common than one may think, but they are not always required to be used for their whole lives.

When kids are growing, particularly from the ages of 10 - 16, their bones are constantly growing faster than their muscles can adapt. When this happens, the muscles are not always able to hold the skeletal structure in the proper position and injuries or pain can often result.

In addition to this, kids from 10 - 16 often start to increase the intensity, frequency and duration of their sport or sports, particularly at higher levels. When this happens, their muscles are being pushed for longer periods at higher intensities. This can further overload their already strained muscles which can increase their risk of pain and injuries.

👇👇👇
A properly made sport orthotic can help the muscles properly position the bones and improve their biomechanics until their muscles fully develop. Think of the orthotics like adding a layer of muscle to the bottom of foot to help it function they way it was intended.

Many kids I see who use orthotics in this 10 - 16 age group, out grown them once their body has finished growing and their muscles are finally able to catch up to the growing frame.

"Can kids wear orthotics for sport?"🧒

Orthotics for younger kids are more common than one may think, but they are not always required to be used for their whole lives.

When kids are growing, particularly from the ages of 10 - 16, their bones are constantly growing faster than their muscles can adapt. When this happens, the muscles are not always able to hold the skeletal structure in the proper position and injuries or pain can often result.

In addition to this, kids from 10 - 16 often start to increase the intensity, frequency and duration of their sport or sports, particularly at higher levels. When this happens, their muscles are being pushed for longer periods at higher intensities. This can further overload their already strained muscles which can increase their risk of pain and injuries.

👇👇👇
A properly made sport orthotic can help the muscles properly position the bones and improve their biomechanics until their muscles fully develop. Think of the orthotics like adding a layer of muscle to the bottom of foot to help it function they way it was intended.

Many kids I see who use orthotics in this 10 - 16 age group, out grown them once their body has finished growing and their muscles are finally able to catch up to the growing frame.

Hey, I'm Drew🏃I am a Canadian Certified Pedorthist and founder of DK Orthotic Solutions.  I have been making custom spor...
05/14/2021

Hey, I'm Drew🏃

I am a Canadian Certified Pedorthist and founder of DK Orthotic Solutions. I have been making custom sport orthotics for the past 16 years and competing in a wide range of sports for all of my life.

When I started making orthotics 16 years ago, I started hearing the same complaints over and over from people, "I have orthotics I can use for walking and standing, but they are much too uncomfortable to run or do any sport in".

Hearing this from people and having my own background in sport made me realize something was missing when it came to orthotics and sport. Hence, DK Orthotic Solutions was born. We focus on making orthotics that you can walk and stand in, but can also use them for sport and activity.

My training as a Canadian Certified Pedorthist as well as my background in sport and athletics has allowed me to create and design orthotics with sport and activity in mind.

When I am not making orthotics, you can find me running, biking, hiking and playing a wide range of sports. My sporting focus for the last few years has been on endurance racing, having competed in a wide range of events. Everything from half marathons, marathons and triathlons to ultra marathons and adventure races up to 30 hours in length.

Training and competing in these races not only gives me an understanding of what goes into preparing for them but has allowed me plenty of time test new and novel designs of orthotics!

Athlete Jackson Laundry🚲"I have been using DKOS bike orthotics for a few years now, and I can't imagine using anything e...
05/11/2021

Athlete Jackson Laundry🚲

"I have been using DKOS bike orthotics for a few years now, and I can't imagine using anything else.

The custom support, and stiffness that goes from the midfoot to the forefoot makes a noticeable difference in power transfer. They're also extremely durable, I can ride hard on them 250-300km per week for a full year with minimal wear. I highly recommend them for any cyclist or triathlete."

- @jacksonlaundrytri

Athlete Jackson Laundry🚲

"I have been using DKOS bike orthotics for a few years now, and I can't imagine using anything else.

The custom support, and stiffness that goes from the midfoot to the forefoot makes a noticeable difference in power transfer. They're also extremely durable, I can ride hard on them 250-300km per week for a full year with minimal wear. I highly recommend them for any cyclist or triathlete."

- @jacksonlaundrytri

Learn about Cycling Orthotics🚴:If our feet were truly designed for cycling, they would look and function much differentl...
05/04/2021

Learn about Cycling Orthotics🚴:

If our feet were truly designed for cycling, they would look and function much differently!

The design of the human foot allows us to absorb the impact of our foot strike while we walk and run.

If they were designed for cycling, our feet would not be designed to flex, absorb and rebound, but rather be stiff and rigid to avoid the loss of power being transferred to the pedals.

A properly made cycling orthotic can guide your foot and ankle, helping to keep them in a neutral position.

This lets the power produced by the legs travel through the foot and into your pedals more efficiently.

Have you ever tried cycling orthotics?👟

Learn about Cycling Orthotics🚴:

If our feet were truly designed for cycling, they would look and function much differently!

The design of the human foot allows us to absorb the impact of our foot strike while we walk and run.

If they were designed for cycling, our feet would not be designed to flex, absorb and rebound, but rather be stiff and rigid to avoid the loss of power being transferred to the pedals.

A properly made cycling orthotic can guide your foot and ankle, helping to keep them in a neutral position.

This lets the power produced by the legs travel through the foot and into your pedals more efficiently.

Have you ever tried cycling orthotics?👟

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