The orthotics team at Limelight Wellness Clinic want to reassure you that your feet deserve the best. This idea is reflected in the type of service that you will get when you visit Limelight Wellness Clinic. Under the guidance of an expert podiatrist, you are guaranteed to get the best results with a personal touch customized to your feet.
An Introduction To Custom Orthotics:
What You Should Know
The entire weight of your body is supported by your feet. Needless to say, if any change occurs to your feet, it will affect the whole body. Do you realize how much pressure your feet bear when you run? Indeed, it can be nearly four times the bodyweight of a runner! Incredible, isn’t it?
So it’s not really surprising that any shift, even a seemingly minute one in your walking pattern, can affect your joints, leading to misalignments. The result? Excessive stress is exerted on the joints in the spine, hip, knee, and ankle. Don’t you want to ensure that your gait isn’t disturbed due to such issues? If yes, custom orthotics are just what you need! These will correct your foot abnormalities and also keep pain at bay.
On the outlook, you might feel that prescription orthotics are pretty similar to in-soles and fit into shoes. But that’s definitely not the case. And that’s because orthotics are biochemical devices. And on top of it, these are custom-made according to the imprint of your feet. Yes, you read it right!
What’s their benefit? They realign your feet’ bones, alleviating the stress and strain on your body. They provide your feet with much-needed support, cushioning, and shock absorption. As a result, your feet move back into their alignment. Consequently, you get instant relief and comfort. You can now run and walk as before without any pain!
Variety Of Orthotics
Of course, everyone has unique requirements and lifestyles. Hence, orthotics are available in an immense variety to cater to individuals’ needs. Some popular options include the likes of Casual Orthotics and Sports Orthotics, among others. You will also find dress orthotics and specialty orthotics here!
There’s no age restriction. Both adults and children can use orthotics to attain relief from pain and deal with alignment issues. We offer a range of colors too. We have something for all! From recreational walkers to runners or those who simply stand for prolonged durations, no one will return empty-handed. We will find just the orthotic you need!
Will Orthotics Indeed Be Beneficial For You?
It’s natural to be wary. You might be wondering whether you really need custom orthotics or if they will indeed yield your desired results. Well, give us a visit to Backs in Action Rehab and Wellness Centre, and you will get your answer!
Interestingly, a lot of extended health plans cover Custom Orthotics cost too. So you don’t really have to be inhibited due to financial reasons. Give us a call at 604-876-9977 ad we will check if it’s covered by your plan. If this is your first experience with the clinic, you will have to provide us your extended health plan policy number along with your member ID number so we can verify the details.
Why Go For Custom Foot Orthotics?
You must be wondering how these foot orthotics can benefit you. Actually, they are invaluable due to the many effects they have. Curious? Here’s a brief look into it!
- They correct your abnormal foot function
- They provide support, comfort, stability, and extra cushioning to your feet
- They alleviate daily stresses reducing the risk of injuries
- They provide relief to the body
- They reduce muscle fatigue
- They enhance your strength, endurance, and performance
- They absorb shock and distribute the compressive forces ensuring that your lower limb joints aren’t excessively strained
- They help deal with nerve damage caused by diabetes
- They alleviate pain in the lower limbs
The Conditions Treated With Custom Orthotics
Foot problems are more common than you realize. Indeed, over 75% experience such issues at least once in their lifetime. Symptoms that should alert you about foot misalignment include
- Pain in leg, foot, arch, or heel
- You might also experience pain in the knee, hips, back, or neck
- Bunions and hammertoes
Poor foot biomechanics can lead to many other problems, including the likes of shin splints, Metatarsalgia, Ilio-tibial Band Syndrome, and Plantar Fasciitis
Additionally, custom orthotics also help deal with issues related to pressure points, muscle strains, and joint strains. Here are the situations where custom orthotics can be a valuable ally.
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Bony Protrusions
- Cavus Foot
- Distal Corns
- Forefoot Valgus
- Forefoot Varus
- Hallux Limitus
- Hallux Rigidus
- Hallux Valgus
- Heel Spurs
- In Toes and Out Toes
- Intractable Plantar Keratoma (IPK)
- Leg Length Discrepancies
- Arch Pain
- Morton’s Toe
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Plantarflexed First Ray
- Sever’s Disease
The Experience From Custom Orthotics
So what should you expect when you visit us to get your custom orthotics? Let’s start from the beginning.
Don’t forget to bring your shoes! It will be best to get the ones that you wear commonly and have the best fitting.
You will be introduced to a chiropractor who will asset your gait and walking pattern after removing your shoes and socks.
This might be new for you but don’t worry. It’s pretty simple. You will have to walk back and forth over a computerized plate. This will provide us with a dynamic picture of your feet in motion which will help us in our analysis. The plate has 4096 sensors and a scan rate of 300Hz (frames per second). So there’s no doubt about its accuracy.
This scan reveals the underlying problems that are affecting your foot function and walking pattern. It gives information that would otherwise be missed. Following this analysis, we might also take a non-weight-bearing 3D foam impression of your feet. The goal is to ensure that we provide you with custom orthotics that caters to your needs to perfection!
You must have heard of the foam casting technique. It’s a popular technique chiropractors use to design foot orthotics. It works particularly well for sports orthotics as it offers more precise results.
After the chiropractor has examined your gait and analyzed how you stand, he will take a look at your feet. He will then discuss your lifestyle, your key areas of pain, your activity level, and your shoe preference.
Your responses will determine which type of orthotic will be most suitable for you, so make sure that you give your answer after adequate consideration.
Choose Your Orthotic Insert
After having an elaborate discussion with you, we will select the orthotic insert that will cater to your requirements. But keep one thing in mind. Orthotics will only work if you wear them regularly. Otherwise, the whole exercise will be futile.
Why Choose Limelight for Custom Orthotics?
One-on-one treatment provided by highly skilled foot care specialists
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We work with most insurers and can bill them directly on your behalf.
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Starting Your Journey to Better Foot Health?
The foot care specialists at Limelight are there to help you every step of the way. One of the methods podiatrists often use is the orthotic shoe insert, which is a corrective device that fits comfortably in most shoes. Custom orthotic treatments can help your muscle tissue, tendons and the bones in your feet and lower legs function at their highest potential – they’re made specifically for your feet. After your initial consultation and assessment, the specialists at Limelight scan a 3D image of your foot, which is then used to manufacture the orthoses from raw materials. Appropriately prescribed orthotic treatments and custom made orthoses can also help alleviate pain in other parts of the body, such as your knees, hips and lower back.
The process of getting a personalized orthotic treatment is really not that difficult. Once you’re prescribed custom-made orthotics, your next step is an appointment with one of the qualified foot care specialists at Limelight, who will guide you through an extensive evaluation to ensure orthotics are the best option and that the orthoses you wear are designed precisely for your feet.
We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about orthotics if you call or email us, and you can find the answers to the most commonly asked questions below.
What should I expect during my assessment?
First comes your initial assessment, in which one of our specialists will document your medical history and any possible symptoms or previous injuries. This is done to make sure that your treatment fits you. To further personalize the treatment to your needs, the specialist will also take into account your lifestyle and the footwear you prefer.
Next comes your examination, and as part of it our specialist will take note of:
- Your posture.
- Your present symptoms and condition.
- The alignment, strength, structure and full range of motion of your legs and feet.
- Your footwear for wear patterns and fitting, as well as aesthetics.
The last part of this process is the gait analysis. Simply put, your gait is the way you walk. The foot care specialist will take note of this and identify areas of focus.
Once this assessment is complete, one of our experts will discuss possible treatment options. They will explain all the exact details of the treatment and how it will help meet your specific needs. If you have any questions about the procedure, the specialist will gladly answer them.
Once you’re familiar with your options and if you decide to proceed, our specialist will create a 3D cast of your feet that captures their exact shape and contours in their ideal functional position. At Limelight, we use the latest in casting techniques which include foam box casting, plaster slipper casting, wax molding, contact digitizing and even optical laser scanning for extremely precise models. Simply taking a footprint from an ink pad then recording your shoe size or walking over a pressure plate doesn’t quite get the great results that Limelight aims for, because the methods don’t provide enough information to create truly personalized orthotics.
How long will it take for me to get my orthotics device?
The manufacturing process for your orthotics will take around week. Authentic custom orthotics are created from scratch using raw materials based on the 3D cast of your foot.
When your orthotics are ready, Limelight will inform you and schedule a dispensing appointment to ensure your orthotics fit your footwear and you. In order to ensure that your treatment goes smoothly, our specialist will run another gait analysis while you’re wearing your new orthotics. Any further adjustments to improve the orthotics will be done onsite in order to ensure maximum comfort and function. Before you leave, the foot care specialist will make sure that you’re happy with the way your orthotics feel. We will also provide advice on breaking in, wearing, and taking care of your new orthotics.
What’s covered by my insurance?
Orthotic treatments are often covered by personal and business insurance plans. In order to be eligible for coverage under most Canadian plans, your custom made orthotics must be:
Custom-made: In order to qualify, your orthotic treatment must be manufactured from scratch using raw materials, created from a three-dimensional cast of your feet.
Prescription: Most insurance policies require a prescription by a specific health care professional – be it a doctor, chiropodist or podiatrist – as a medically-necessary treatment for a foot condition, however some plans allow other health care practitioners to prescribe such treatments. Please refer to your insurance booklet for details.
It’s highly recommended that your orthotics are provided and dispensed by a licensed foot care specialist such as a podiatrist, chiropodist, pedorthist or orthotist. These professionals are specially-trained to assess, design, manufacture, and fit orthotics and footwear and know exactly the treatment you need.
What’s not covered by my insurance?
- Orthotics or orthopaedic footwear used only for general comfort or convenience.
- “Over the counter” orthotic treatments sold in pharmacies or other retail stores. Examples include cushioned heel cups or mass produced insoles.
- Orthotics that are used for recreational activities or sports.
- Discounted orthopaedic shoes or orthotics.
How does direct insurance billing work?
Most clinics do not accept direct billing as dealing with insurance companies can be challenging. In limelight wellness center our client’s comfort is our top priority which is why we came up with a solution. We will fill out and mail the required insurance documents on your behalf. all you have to do is sign the forms when you pick your orthotics up.There are also more convenient payment options available for eligible cases that you can find out about by contacting our front desk associates.
Is there anything I should watch out for when getting orthotics?
- Temporary situations: Medical orthotics are custom made for each specific case. Arrangements like home or trade show exhibits, kiosks or health booths in malls or department stores often lack the equipment needed to properly assess the effectiveness of the treatment.
- Online: Similarly to the previous scenario, it is very difficult for you to try on and customize the treatment to your needs if you’re buying it over the internet.
- As part of a group: Group discounts are often found in online stores and temporary situations. Orthotics work best with focus on the individual and their needs, which can be more difficult if you’re buying orthotics in bulk or with a group discount. Some ‘dispensers’ hold mass screenings at work or at home without properly evaluating each person.
- For young children: Orthotics for children under age five aren’t common, since many skeletal or soft tissue injuries that require treatment with custom-made orthotics don’t present in children of that age. Only medical doctors and pediatric specialists are able to prescribe this type of early treatment for very specific conditions.
- As part of a special deal or discount offers: This is analogous to the group discount scenario. Medicinal orthotics are made with extreme care and precision for each individual. Examples include offers of ‘free shoes with the purchase of orthotics’ or ‘two-for-the-price-of-one’ deals.
Custom-Made Orthotic Shoes
Custom-made shoes are made from scratch. These shoes are manufactured specifically for patients from 100% raw materials to accommodate severe foot abnormalities. Limelight Wellness can manufacture these shoes in some cases. If you’ve been prescribed a treatment like this, don’t hesitate to reach out with a call or an email. Although the reasons for needing custom-made shoes are diverse, there are three main categories based on medical necessity:
- A congenital deformity is a structural deformity present at birth. For example, someone born with a deformed or missing limb.
- A traumatic injury to one or both of your lower limbs, caused by a car accident, for example.
- A disease process that affects one or both feet. For example, an amputation required due to diabetes or a significant bony deformity caused by arthritis or osteomyelitis.
What’s covered by my insurance?
If you’re prescribed custom made orthotic shoes by a doctor or physician, chances are that they’re covered by most Canadian personal or business insurance plans. To be eligible for coverage under your plan your custom-made ortho shoes must be:
- Made specifically for you: In order for you to claim benefits, the orthotic treatment must be specifically designed for you and manufactured using raw materials. They must also be made from a last of your foot – which is an accurate three-dimensional model of the foot and ankle designed from a 3-D cast.
- Prescribed: Most insurance plans require a prescription by a specific health care professional – a doctor, chiropodist or podiatrist – as a medically-necessary treatment for a medical condition. Note: Some plans allow other health care practitioners to prescribe you these treatments. Please refer to your employee booklet for details.