Orthotics in Calgary
Our Custom Orthotics Offer Numerous Benefits & Relief from Foot Pain
At Feldman & Leavitt Foot and Ankle Specialists, our Calgary orthotics specialist can help with custom-made shoe inserts. These orthotics are used as a treatment method to relieve foot or ankle pain and to restore normal foot function. Orthotics offer benefits comparable to what eyeglasses do for your eyes, in that they relieve the pain associated with foot deformities and restore proper function of the foot. Even people experiencing minimal foot discomfort without a significant foot deformity can find relief in custom orthotics.
Foot disorders are commonly caused by a deformity in the structure of your foot, but they can also be caused by wearing shoes that are too small or narrow. In choosing the best type of orthotic for you, our Calgary orthotics specialist will consider many possible factors contributing to your foot condition.
Types of Orthotics Available With Our Calgary Orthotics Specialist
There are multiple types of orthotics available today. Here are some common types that we may consider when our Calgary orthotics specialist evaluates your feet and ankles:
- Functional Orthotics – Functional orthotics are among the most commonly used as they use bio-mechanical applications to influence the motion of the foot and alter the forces acting on the foot.
- Accommodating Orthotics – These orthotics use padding to protect the foot, they are “accommodating” a specific area of your foot to relieve pressure. These are mostly reserved for patients with diabetic neuropathy.
- Functional-Hybrid Orthotics – When a blend of both accommodating and functional orthotics is necessary, podiatrists turn to functional-hybrid orthotics. Functional-hybrid orthotics can be prescribed for specific reasons, such as standing for prolonged periods at work, or playing sports. A clinical evaluation must be performed by your Calgary orthotics specialist to determine which type of orthotic can help your foot condition best. Your podiatrist’s clinical evaluation will help determine the best type of orthotic for your particular needs and the types of shoes you normally wear.
After our Calgary podiatrist evaluates you, we will determine and prescribe the most effective type of orthotic for your condition. Electronically-scanned images or physical impressions of your foot will then be used to fabricate your custom-made orthotic.
Orthotics & Insurance
Alberta Health Care does not cover the cost of orthotics. However, most third party insurance companies cover the cost of orthotics. These insurance companies do not allow direct billing for orthotics.
Upon receiving your orthotics, our Calgary orthotics specialist will provide necessary wearing instruction, and schedule a follow-up appointment to evaluate your treatment progress if needed. At that time, your podiatrist can make any necessary changes or adjustments to the orthotics in an effort to increase your level of comfort.
Not all orthotics are the same
Not everyone who can make an orthotic makes a high quality orthotic. Beware of clinics that get you to "walk on a mat" to capture your foot. To truly capture the impression of your foot, it must be in a non-weight bearing position with your sub-talar joint in a neutral position. If those are not done, your orthotic will not be correct.
The materials used in the orthotic are also very important. For the most part, most people will require a functional orthotic. This orthotic does not bend in the midfoot/arch but supports the foot in the position it needs to be in. A soft bendable orthotic cannot provide that level of support.