Your feet get you from point A to point B with little thanks. They also bear the brunt of your weight against hard, unforgiving surfaces. It should be no surprise that with all the work they do, they sometimes need a little extra attention and support.
If your feet are causing you pain, you may be a candidate for orthotics in Calgary. Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic specializes in orthotics that help your feet function properly and be pain-free.
What Are Custom Orthotics?
Custom foot orthotics are specialized devices that are made to specifically support misalignment of your feet. These custom shoe inserts easily slip into your shoes during everyday activities. Benefits of orthotics include the following:
Greater foot comfort
Relief during prolonged standing
Orthotics are also used to treat and prevent injury-causing motions such as excessive supination (when the foot rolls outward) and pronation (inward roll of the foot). Standing, walking, and running are more comfortable and effective with orthotics. They can also be designed to redistribute pressure on the soles of the feet, decreasing pain from calluses, corns, bunions, and bone problems.
At Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic, we fit you with orthotics that are unique to your feet and specially designed to alleviate foot, ankle, leg, or back problems. Our patients then visit with Dr. Russell, a board-certified podiatrist with years of experience fitting orthotics in Calgary.
Avoid Ready-Made Products with True Custom Orthotics
The term “orthotics” is often used to refer to many different devices including insoles, arch supports and various ready-made products. You’ve probably seen the stand-on-the-box systems or other systems that have you walk across a special mat to measure pressure. These are not custom orthotics and they don’t capture the unique, 3-dimensional shape of your foot.
If you are looking for truly individualized orthotics in Calgary, you will need a comprehensive biomechanical assessment and precise, 3D impressions of your feet. Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic is pleased to provide these services and offers the following types of custom-made orthotics:
At Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic, we understand the importance of creating custom orthotics for our younger patients. We protect smaller feet with precision measurements and carefully crafted orthotics. We are skilled in dealing with a range of common pediatric conditions that involve feet, including:
In-toeing and out-toeing
Growth-related injuries such as Sever’s disease and Osgood-Schlatter disease
Sports-related injuries such as ankle sprains and patellofemoral pain
If you have questions about orthotics in Calgary, we are happy to answer them.
What Are the Steps to Getting Orthotics at Our Calgary Clinic?
1. Foot and gait exam
First, you’ll get a bio-mechanical exam of your foot and a gait analysis (an examination of how you walk). Dr. Russell will determine the cause of the symptoms you are experiencing.
2. 3D digital foot scan
Dr. Russell will then use an advanced 3D digital scanner to capture your foot in its optimal neutral position. This scan is sent to a professional, certified lab that manufactures orthotics.
3. Your orthotics are made
Highly skilled technicians at the laboratory use the scan of your foot and your podiatrist’s prescription to make your orthotics. Your orthotics will be built specifically for you to counteract the misalignment of your feet.
4. Fit and comfort check-up
Once your orthotics are ready, they are sent to Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic. We will contact you to arrange an appointment with Dr. Russell to ensure your orthotics fit correctly and comfortably. A follow-up appointment is included with your orthotics to ensure fit and comfort.
The Dalhousie Difference
We will make sure that you are completely content with your orthotics, and won’t rest until you are satisfied. Take the first step toward healthier feet: call Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic today at 403-247-1961.
Custom Orthotics FAQ
What’s the difference between custom orthotics and the ones I can buy in stores?
Many commercially available insoles are referred to as “orthotics.” Unlike prescription orthotics, these insoles are not developed specifically for your feet and the problems you are experiencing. When you visit a podiatrist for prescription orthotics, the doctor will assess your foot, complete a bio-mechanical exam and take imprints of your feet. Your orthotics will then be manufactured by a trained professional in an accredited lab. Custom made orthotics are uniquely built to support the misalignment of your feet, help alleviate pain and improve your gait – something that generic insoles are unlikely to achieve.
What types of foot conditions can custom orthotics help?
Excessive foot pronation (flatfeet)
Children's foot problems including in-toe, out-toe and flatfeet
Neuromas (burning on ball of the foot)
Relief of pain caused by bunions, corns and calluses
Foot pain and fatigue
Leg pain and fatigue
Can I wear my orthotics in all types of shoes?
Orthotics are transferable between similar types of shoes. If your orthotics were made primarily for walking shoes, they should easily fit into your athletic shoes and other casual/walking shoes. However, you probably won’t be able to wear them in dress shoes or specialized footwear (such as ski boots or skates). When you meet with Dr. Russell to order your orthotics in Calgary, he will advise you if you may benefit from orthotics for specialized footwear.
How should I care for my orthotics?
To clean your orthotics, wash them with mild soap and warm water and leave to air dry. You should regularly remove your orthotics from your shoes to allow them to air out. Finally, do not place your orthotics near sources of heat (space heaters, baseboard heaters, dryers or fireplaces).
How long have orthotics been around for?
Early shoe makers (cobblers) recognized that many people complained of foot pain, especially after traveling long distances. Gradually cobblers began modifying foot pads by adding leather materials to the insides of shoes to create a better, more comfortable fit. Although these early arch supports were beneficial, they were often bulky and heavy. By the early 1900s, electricity and bench grinders made it easier and more efficient to cut and shape leather devices for shoes, making better-quality shoes affordable for more people. In the 1960s a new generation of thermoplastics was born, which was ideal for making light-weight, strong plastic orthotics. Since the 1960s, the art of making custom orthotics has been continually enhanced. Podiatrists have been very involved in the advancement of orthotics and are leaders in orthotics research and development.
Are orthotics covered by insurance plans?
Many private insurance companies include orthotics and podiatric services in their coverage. Coverage can vary greatly from 0% to 100%. Patients should check with their individual insurance plans to find out if they are covered.
How long will it take for my orthotics to be ordered and made?
Once the patient has been scanned, the scan is sent to a lab where the orthotics are specially fabricated for the patients unique fit. The patient can expect orthotics to take approximately two weeks to be made. Once they are sent to our office, the patient is immediately called to notify them that they are ready.