What sets apart our team at Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic is our drive to specially design our patients 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.

Our Foot Specialists at Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic prescribe custom foot orthotics for all residing South Georgian Bay patients. Foot health is essential, don’t delay treatment!

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Custom Orthotic Casting

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. They promote the foot and lower leg anatomy to maintain regular and healthy function. Custom orthotics are designed to treat foot, leg, hip, and back pain, improve sports performance, offboard areas of pressure, and prevent injury/deformity.

8 Signs You Need

Custom Foot Orthotics

1) Foot/knee/hip/back pain or swelling

2) 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) Foot or toe deformities

Orthotics fitting and alignment
Orthotics fitting and alignment

Different Kinds of Custom Orthotics

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

 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.

 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.

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Stage One

First, we begin with a thorough patient history to accurately understand your health history, presenting condition, and goals.

Stage Two

Next, we conduct a complete foot-health examination, including a biomechanical assessment (non-weight bearing, weight-bearing, anatomical measurements) and gait analysis to accurately diagnose the condition and determine your Custom Foot Orthotic candidacy. 

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, but can be rushed in 48hr).

Stage Five

This is when the custom orthotics will be appropriately fit and dispensed. 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.

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. They are also the only foot health specialists licensed to prescribe custom orthotics in Ontario.

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. In summary, If you are hoping for the best results and insurance reimbursement, a proper prescription from a Chiropodist/Podiatrist/Physician is necessary.

How Do Orthotics Work?

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

They 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. Leading to restoring balance, improving sports performance, preventing or alleviating arthritis, and relieving 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).