CUSTOM MADE FOOT ORTHOTICS
Canadian certified Pedorthist (C Ped ©) is an orthotic and footwear expert. Pedorthists are healthcare professionals trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy and biomechanics. They have the specialized education and training in the design, manufacture, fit and modification of foot orthotic and footwear. Pedorthists help to alleviate pain, abnormalities with gait and other debilitating conditions like: diabetes that if untreated could lead to serious problems. Most Pedorthists see only patients that are referred from family physician; unless the Pedorthist has additional designation like Manual Osteopath that allows him to see patients without medical referral.
To become certified by The College of Pedorthics of Canada, Pedorthists must undergo a rigorous educational process. Most carry a University degree or allied educational institutions diplomas in the area of anatomy, biomechanics, medical conditions and diseases, physical assessment and ethics. Lengthy training includes training in the areas of assessment, orthotics fabrication, dispensing skills, shoe fitting and shoe modification.
Pedorthists follow strict code of ethics that is upheld by the College of Pedorthics and they must continually upgrade the education to maintain their certification.
Pedorthists must also be a member of the Pedorthic Association of Canada- a professional association whose objective is to develop and promote the study, practice and knowledge of pedorthics within the medical community.
WHAT IS A CUSTOM MADE FOOT ORTHOTIC AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
Custom made orthotic is biomechanical appliances that look like insoles, which can be prescribed by your physician. A custom made foot orthotic is made from a three-dimensional model (mold) of a patient’s foot and is fabricated from raw materials. Each custom made foot orthotic is design to meet the patient’s unique and specific needs. There is extended research that supports the claims made by custom made foot orthotic treatment in improving, correcting and assisting with foot conditions resulting from biomechanical issues, trauma, aging, diabetes and arthritis. Variety of foot conditions can be treated with the use of orthotics and they include: plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, bunions, hammer/claw toes, osteoarthritis of the ankle or knee joint, flat feet or high arches, heel spur, and runner’s knee.
Custom made orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work when you wear them; orthotics reduce and redistribute pressure and stress evenly on your feet and they work best with appropriate footwear to create a long lasting solution to alleviate areas of increased pressure and correct mechanical problems in the foot and other parts of the body.
Custom made orthotics have proven to be a great choice for successful resolution of pain since they maintain proper foot and ankle position hence the proper physiology of the foot. They are simple to use and can be changed from shoes to shoes and they do not interfere with your current footwear choices.
Since, the foot supports the body and is the foundation it is very important to say, that any problems with alignment and inflammation should be looked and corrected before compensations and more complicated issues arise.
Our custom made foot orthotic is foam or plaster casted and computer assessed using a state of the art technology the gait scan.
WHO NEEDS A FOOT ORTHOTIC?
Custom made foot orthotic can benefit all ages, from mild discomfort in the medial arch or ball of the foot to such conditions as plantar fasciitis or metatarsalgia, to severe problems such as diabetic foot ulcers causes by diabetes mellitus.
The most common foot and lower leg problems that Certified Pedorthists help their patients include:
• Plantar fasciitis (medial arch pain)
• Metatarsalgia ( forefoot, or ball of the foot pain)
• Achilles tendonitis
• Bunions and bunionettes
• Heel pain and heel spurs
• Flat feet ( fallen arches)
• High arch
• Supinators ( excessive rolling out)
• Low arch ( excessive rolling in
• Shin splints
• Sports injuries
• Knee pain
• Numbness in the toes
• Corns and calluses
• Leg length discrepancy(shorter leg)
• Claw toes and hammer toes
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR VISIT TO CERTIFIED PEDORTHIST
Referral/Booking an Appointment.
Any patient that has custom orthotic insurance coverage under their medical plan (not if they do not have an insurance coverage and pay themselves) they require a written referral from the physician or WSIB prior to booking your appointment.
If applicable, it is recommended to bring your current foot orthotic, footwear, as well as comfortable clothing (shorts or track pants).
Upon arrival you will be greeted by the secretary and asked to fill out necessary forms and to show your family doctor referral to be photo copied.
Next, you will be assesses by a Certified Pedorthist. Please note that due to the unique nature of our work, it is often hard to predict the exact time that you will spend with the Pedorthist, but quite often 30min to 45 min is sufficient.
Your assessment may include a detailed history (medical, rehabilitation, and devices used), a physical assessment/ evaluation, gait analysis and discussion about your short and long term goals.
Bases on the assessment appropriate treatment plan will be discussed with you the patient.
A tri-dimensional impression of both your feet will be taken using foam or plaster cast.
The customized mold of your feet is taken in a specific manner so bony landmarks and angle relationships are well preserved.
TOG Gait Scan
To further support the findings obtained during your postural and gait assessment a state of the art computer hardware and software will be used to analyze your feet to determine the timing and pressure distribution as you stand and walk across the plate.
How does the Gait Scan work?
- Scan the Foot – You will be walking across the pressure plate, and the sensors located in the plate will capture the distribution of pressure of your foot over time.
- Maps Foot Pressure – From your step, the computer displays 2D an 3D visual representation of the pressure under your foot. The Pedorthist can see where you have too much or too little pressure.
- Print a Report – The info is then summarized in a report that can be printed for you or your doctor.
- Determines the need for Orthotic Therapy – The information collected during the scan will assist the manufacturing process of your custom made orthotics are necessary assuming that they are necessary for you.
- Data is sent to the Laboratory – When the need for orthotics is determined, your scan information (collected data) is sent to The Orthotic Group laboratory. The collected data is then used to manufacture your custom orthotics together with the plaster or foam cast.
PRICE LIST FOR CUSTOM MADE FOOT ORTHOTICS
Please note that Custom made Orthotics are often covered by extended health insurance benefits/Plans and by Worker’s Safety Insurance Board ( WSIB) in cases related to work injury and overuse.
Custom made Orthotic of Choice
All prices are all-inclusive.
There are no additional taxes or hidden charges.
You will receive:
1. Custom foot analysis by Canadian Certified Pedorthist.
2. Custom gait analysis by Canadian Certified Pedorthist.
3. Custom made pair of Foot Orthotics of choice.
4. Fitting/dispensing visit of your custom foot orthotics.
Choosing Paul Lorenc Canadian Certified Pedorthist you choosing a follow-up care that is dedicated to correct your foot pain, maximize shock absorption and helping you through education to determine the best way to improve your life through healthy feet.
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