A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance.
Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes – they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle. Custom orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole – and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.
How do you make the orthotics?
The assessment to determine if you require orthotics begins by taking a history of injury or discomfort. From there, we will analyze your walking pattern and examine your feet and legs for dysfunction. A foam cast of your feet is taken, and from that the orthotic is constructed at laboratory.
How long will a pair last?
It depends on how often you wear your orthotics. They should be worn everyday, however if you have multiple pairs, they can last anywhere from 2-5 years.
Why should I wear orthotics?
People should wear orthotics for various reasons including: flat feet / fallen arches, heel spurs, plantar fascitis, pronation (over rotation of the foot inwards) and supination (walking on the outside of the foot).
The symptoms of poor foot mechanics can include any one of the following:
- Localized foot pain
- Bunions, hammer toes
- Arch/heel pain
- Leg/knee pain
- Hip or back pain – even neck pain
Will OHIP cover orthotics?
Unfortunately no. Extended health care benefits may cover the cost of the orthotics. Each insurance company’s terms are different.
What should I ask my insurance company regarding orthotic coverage?
1. Are you covered for custom foot orthotics?
2. How much is your coverage, or what percentage of cost is covered?
3. How many pairs are you allowed?
4. Do you have coverage per calendar year, per 2 years or from a certain date?
5. Do you need a referral from a medical doctor or will a chiropractic referral be sufficient?
6. Can a Chiropractor dispense the orthotics?