If you are suffering from foot, knee or lower back pain, flat feet, bunions or plantar fasciitis, Orthotics can help. 75% of people will suffer from foot related problems at some point in their life. Foot pain that interferes with your normal activities is an indication that something is wrong and that you should seek medical help.
The foot is a complex structure made up of more than 26 bones, 33 joints (20 of which are actively articulated), and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments. As a result of their intrinsic structure, the feet are vulnerable to injuries.
What do custom orthotics do?
Custom-fitted Orthotics are prescription medical devices that you wear inside your shoes to correct biomechanical foot issues such as problems with how you walk, stand, or run relating to the structure, function and motion of your foot. They can also help with foot pain caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and arthritis. Custom Orthotics might even help you avoid surgery to fix flat feet.
What are the causes of foot pain?
There are many causes of foot pain. Acute or abnormal strain is one of the most common causes of foot pain caused by running, weight gain, injuries, arthritis, poor shoe selection, prolonged standing, age-related changes, calluses or skin problems.
Certain medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, spinal problems, leg deformities, neurological disorders, pregnancy, obesity and medications can cause foot pain. Other lifestyle choices can also cause a person foot disturbances. These include wearing ill-fitting shoes or high heels and doing high impact exercise such as jogging or strenuous exercise.
What are the symptoms of foot pain?
Common types of foot pain include heel problems such as Achilles Tendonitis, Heel Spurs and Plantar fasciitis, or arch problems such as Flat feet, High arches, Overuse, or forefoot problems such asMetatarsalgia, Bunions and Arthritis.
Appletree Pedorthist Team
A Certified Pedorthist is a professional who has specialized training to assess your feet and employ supportive devices to address conditions which affect the feet and lower limbs. Appletree Pedorthist team is qualified to determine the appropriate orthotic and modifications you will need for each foot to help you alleviate your symptoms.
What treatments are available to help with foot pain?
Appletree Medical Group offers custom fitted orthotics and gait assessments covered by OHIP. Orthotics varies in cost and is usually covered by employee health plans, private insurance and social assistance. When you book your appointment, the first step is to identify the specific cause of your foot pain. Next, a digital scan is taken of your feet while walking. Gait analysis produces an accurate map of your foot pressure distribution and identifies problematic patterns. This technology allows us to calculate and measure where support is needed in order to restore proper foot mechanics. Once the appropriate orthotics is chosen, your prescription is sent to the lab for fabrication. Whether for sport, casual, or dress shoes, turnaround time is approximately 3 weeks. A follow-up fitting will be scheduled to ensure the orthotics fit correctly.
Top Reasons Why Patients Prefer Custom Fitted Orthotics
- Custom fitted orthotics are fabricated specifically for your feet, giving you the precise support your need.
Our custom fitted orthotics are made from the highest quality materials available.
- Non-prescription orthotics may help, but they do not maintain their shape and support for more than a few weeks. Our custom made orthotics have a longer life span and maintain their support usually for 2 years or more.
Book Your Appointment Today
Orthotics appointments are available at the following Appletree Medical Centres:
1582 Bank Street, Ottawa
Monday 10:00am – 2:00pm
1595 Merivale Road, Ottawa
Tuesday 2:30pm – 7:00pm
2116 Montreal Road, Ottawa
Tuesday 9:00am – 1:00pm
2573 Baseline Road, Ottawa
Wednesday 9:00am – 2:00pm
368 Slater Street, Ottawa
Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm
2948 Baseline Road, Ottawa
Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm
2150 Robertson Road, Ottawa
Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm
Greater Toronto Area
2077 Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto
Monday 10:00am – 5:00pm
6301 Silver Dart Drive (Pearson Airport T1), Toronto
Tuesday 9:00am – 3:00pm
2025 Midland Avenue, Scarborough
Tuesday 1:00pm – 5:00pm
545 Steeles Avenue West, Brampton
Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
275 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Thursday 10:30am – 5:00pm
4700 Keele Street, North York
Friday 2:00pm – 4:30pm
900 Albion Road, Toronto
Friday 10:00am – 1:00pm
What to expect during your appointment
A licensed specialist such as a Pedorthist or Chiropodist will assess your feet for any abnormalities, normal range of motion and perform a bio mechanical evaluation and gait analysis. If you should require custom orthotics he or she will cast your feet with the latest up to date laser scanning technology.
After your Appointment
You will be scheduled for a fitting appointment and will receive your custom orthotics. Generally we would book a follow up appointment after 6 weeks if you were experiencing any difficulties. Most coverage is annual and it’s a good idea to equip your shoe wardrobe with a few pairs for optimum results.