Custom Foot Orthotics or inserts can benefit many people. Orthotics may be beneficial if you have heel or arch pain, plantar fasciitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, achilles tendinitis, wear work boots, are on your feet all day on concrete or hard flooring etc. Not all orthotics are created equally, the quality is dictated by the supplier, the type of casting, as well as the education / specialty of the provider. Some insurance companies are beginning to recognize this and as such starting to have more stringent requirements for coverage. If someone is able to offer you multiple pairs of shoes, or your orthotics are causing you physical damage you should question overall quality of the orthotic.
A thorough biomechanical assessment by a trained eye is a vital part of the Orthotic fitting process. A person who is specifically trained in foot and ankle issues will likely provide the most thorough assessment and best Orthotics for you. A Chiropodist / Podiatrist, or Pedorthist are trained specifically, over years, to assess and treat foot and ankle issues through Orthotics when appropriate. Part of the fee of the orthotics should include all followups to reevaluate the effectiveness of the orthotic.
While providing Custom Orthotics is something a Chiropodist specializes in, they also provide foot and ankle related treatment of all types. This includes geriatric foot and nail care, diabetic foot screenings, wart treatments, thickened toe nails, ingrown toenails, athletes foot etc. At our Oakville clinic Chiropodist Brittney Wirtz (foot specialist) is excited to practice within her full scope of practice providing not only Custom Orthotics as required but foot and nail care to anyone from Children to older adults.