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FIX STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS OF THE FEET

What sets apart our team at Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic is our drive to specially design our patient’s Custom Foot Orthotics to support, align, prevent, deflect, and correct deformity, ultimately improving and restoring the function of the body and enhancing the quality of life.

Orthotics can help correct structural problems of the feet. The Foot Specialist at Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic prescribes Custom Foot Orthotics for all residing South Georgian bay patients.
Foot health is essential, don’t delay treatment!

What are Custom Orthotics?

A custom-made orthotic is a prescribed removable device that is placed in everyday footwear (running shoes, walking shoes, hiking boots) and sports footwear (ski boots, hockey skates, golf shoes, cleats) to hold the foot in its neutral and proper position to optimize joint, muscle, and ligament function. Custom orthotics allow the foot and lower leg anatomy to get back and maintain regular and healthy function, they are designed to treat foot and lower leg pain, improve sport performance, and prevent injury/deformity.

8 Signs You Need

Custom Foot Orthotics

1) You have foot/knee/hip/back pain or swelling

2) You have sharp heel pain

3) You have a flat foot/fallen arch or high arch

4) You’re having problems with balance or are falling over

5) Your shoes are wearing unevenly

6) You’ve had a lower limb injury or surgery

7) You have or have had diabetic foot complications

8) You have foot or toe deformities

Different Kinds of Custom Orthotics

Prescription orthotics are divided into two categories. These categories ensure that orthotics are designed for all ages, elite athletes, recreational athletes, and health conditions such as diabetes and arthritis.

Functional
 These devices are created with semi-rigid material (carbon/graphite/plastics). Functional orthotics help control abnormal motion and correct structural alignment issues. These treat athletic injuries such as shin splints or fasciitis/tendonitis, improve/restore performance, and prevent/treat deformity.

Accommodative
 This orthotic style is softer and designed to provide additional cushioning and support. These protect high-pressure areas, treat diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses or corns, and more.

How Do I
Get Custom Orthotics?

Obtaining Custom Foot Orthotics is a detailed and intricate 5-step process. We do this to assess and diagnose the presenting condition properly. Each foot type and condition will require a unique design and construction. 

Stage One

First, we begin with a thorough patient history.

Stage Two

Then begins the assessment! The assessment includes anatomical foot measurements, a biomechanical assessment (Non-Weight Bearing and Weight-Bearing), and a Gait Analysis.

Stage Three

3-Dimensional Subtalar Joint Neutral, Non-Weight Bearing Impressions. Put simply, a scan or cast of both feet will be taken.

Stage Four

We will put the device prescription and design into production (production time is 2-3 weeks).

Stage Five

This is when the custom orthotic will be dispensed, and we will arrange follow-up appointments after you have gone through the “break-in period.” 

Other Important Information About Custom Orthotics

At Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic, we want your orthotics to fit perfectly and to your satisfaction. If you are experiencing any concerns with your orthotics in specific footwear, sometimes adjustments are needed. Please call the clinic, and we will work with you to ensure a perfect fit and symptom resolution. We have an on-site lab to modify footwear and orthotics efficiently and quickly.

How Do Orthotics Work?

Orthotics are custom-made for your individual needs. Orthotics are designed with different materials, shapes, sizes, structures, rigid/flexible, and soft or hard for different treatment goals and applications.

Orthotics promote better shock absorption and force transfer from your toes up to your neck to alleviate pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and spine, as well as to restore balance, improve sports performance, prevent or alleviate arthritis, and relieve foot fatigue at the end of the day. Commonly, our patients opt to use two pairs of orthotics to cover daily needs.

These Orthotics are designed to work hard for you, and we provide a lifetime guarantee of the integrity of the shell material.

Full-length, custom-made orthotic devices are to be inserted inside your walking shoes, running shoes, golf shoes, hockey skates, ski boots, hiking boots or sandals in replacement of the removable insole. And not to worry, thin, half-length, custom-made orthotics are also designed to fit into narrow dress shoes/boots.

Both research and x-ray imaging show when designed correctly, custom foot orthotics improve the overall alignment of the weight-bearing bones and joints within your feet and ankles, straightening up your legs, knees, hips and back (kinetic chain).

Can a Chiropodist Prescribe my Custom Foot Orthotics?

Yes, Chiropodists/Podiatrists are the only regulated foot specialists whose statutory scope of practice outlines the use of Custom Foot Orthotics for treating and preventing diseases/disorders/dysfunction of the foot explicitly.

It is always important to research who may offer you Custom Foot Orthotics. A red flag is when the practitioner requests a medical prescription from your Doctor or another Chiropodist/Podiatrist before dispensing the device to obtain insurance reimbursement.

Chiropodists/Podiatrists have the highest standards of practice to ensure that the public receives legitimate prescription custom foot orthoses.

Chiropodists /Podiatrists are the only foot health specialists in Ontario specifically licensed to prescribe custom orthotics.

Here at our clinic, we like to not only assist you but also educate you. Therefore, please research before seeking orthotics from a different healthcare provider. If you are hoping for the best results and insurance reimbursement, a proper prescription from a Chiropodist/Podiatrist/Physician is necessary.