Orthotics

Orthotic Clinic

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. 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. Foot pain that interferes with your normal activities is an indication that something is wrong and that you should seek medical help.

Causes

There are many causes of foot pain. Acute or abnormal strain is one of the most common causes of foot pain:

Running
Weight gain
Injuries
Arthritis
Poor shoe selection
Prolonged standing
Age-related changes
Calluses and 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.

Symptoms

Below is a list of the most common type of foot pain:

Heel problems:

Achilles tendonitis
Heel spurs
Plantar fasciitis

Arch problems:

Flat feet
High arches
Overuse

Forefoot problems:

Metatarsalgia
Bunions
Arthritis

Treatment

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

  1. Custom fitted orthotics are fabricated specifically for your feet, giving you the precise support your need.
  2. Our custom fitted orthotics are made from the highest quality materials available.

  3. 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:

Ottawa 

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.

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