Custom Foot Orthotics
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Custom Foot Orthotics in Barrie
Footprint offers comprehensive Custom Foot Orthotics services for patients in the Barrie area. We also accept WSIB patients – click here for more information.
A custom foot orthotic is a medical foot-device (insole) prescribed by either a Chiropodist or MD, and is customized to address each individual’s case. Custom foot orthotics should only be trusted to a foot specialist, as incorrect design and manufacturing can lead to more problems than you started with.
A Chiropodist is the only regulated healthcare professional who is permitted by insurance companies to both prescribe and dispense orthotics, as they are the most specialized regarding foot and ankle conditions and treatment. Because a Chiropodist is involved in the entire process from assessment to prescription to design and then dispension, you should only trust a Chiropodist with your custom orthotics.
Conditions Treated with Custom Foot Orthotics
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Hammertoe / Clawing Toe
- Fat Pad Atrophy
- Bunions (Tailor’s Bunion)
- Heel Pain
- Joint Pain
- Back Pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Diabetic Foot Care
- Shin Splints
- Ankle Pain
- Ankle Instability (hypermobility)
- Flat Feet
- High Arches
- In toeing
- Pediatric foot development concerns
- Metatarsalgia (ball of foot pain)
- Knee Pain
- Posterior tibial tendonitis (adult acquired flat feet)
Benefits of Custom Orthotics from Footprint
- Supports and/or corrects the foot’s alignment which allows for the proper and efficient use of the 26 bones in the foot
- When the foot is in proper alignment, the rest of the kinetic chain has a solid foundation
- Helps to off-load pressure points (especially important for diabetics)
- Alleviates excess stress on tendons, joints and ligaments
- Helps to decrease and/or stop the progression of bone deformities such as bunions
- To cast our orthotics, Footprint uses state of the art 3D scanning technology which is non-weight bearing, this is extremely important in the design and customization process, as a non-weight bearing cast allows the practitioner to correct the underlying problems and not just accommodate the problem. When a method such as a foam box or step-on pad is used, the cast is made of the foot in the problem position and not the corrected position, which an orthotic is meant to help retrain the foot into. The digital image from our scan is used by our lab to create a highly accurate and high quality end product.
During and After Treatment
Because of the specialized nature of custom foot orthotics, insurance companies have strict regulations to be followed to ensure your claim is paid. Rest assured, the Team at Footprint will take care of everything to make sure the process is as painless as possible.
Our Chiropodist will guide you through the assessment and scanning/casting process and explain everything along the way. A two-way conversation is another important part of the design process, in which the patient and the Chiropodist figure out what exactly the patient requires the orthotic for and how best the Chiropodist can design it to help with those requirements.
We will provide you with a predetermination letter for your insurance company should you require clarification on coverage, which will give you 100% confidence in exactly what to expect during the claim process. Some insurance providers have different requirements, so we will provide you with a paperwork package that will satisfy any insurance company’s requirements. Should any additional info be required or any problems occur during the claim process, we will work with you and on your behalf with the insurance company to resolve any issues.
Due to the fact that a custom foot orthotic is designed to correct the foot’s alignment/neutral position, a break in period is required. Some nominal pain is expected during this break-in process, and when the orthotics are being dispensed the Chiropodist will provide an education session outlining the correct steps to follow to help minimize the pain.
A month after dispension, we will check in with you to make sure the break in process has gone smoothly and to see if there are any outstanding issues that need to be addressed. It is not uncommon for orthotics to need to be modified, as when this