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Custom Orthotics at the West Vancouver Foot Clinic

Custom orthotics are to your feet what glasses are to your eyes. They work to alleviate stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into alignment. West Vancouver Clinic Foot Clinic designs custom orthotics so that you have maximum comfort and convenience. We are proud to provide you with the latest advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of simple to complex foot disorders. We have a team of experienced medical practitioners who provide our patients with a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Orthotics Made by the West Vancouver Foot Clinic

A custom, functional foot orthotic is a shoe insert made from a plaster cast or 3D volumetric scan of your foot that allows your foot to function in its ideal and balanced position. It can treat and prevent many foot conditions and deformities. It is a precise medical device custom-made to correct the specific imbalance and abnormal biomechanics into the correct way that the individual should walk. Many different styles and types of orthotics can be designed in order to treat various types of pain, ranging from soft, flexible types of orthotics to very rigid types of orthotics. Rigid orthotics are often used to eliminate pain in the feet, ankles, legs, and back. Semi-rigid orthotics are often used for athletes in training, and soft orthotics are used for patients with diabetes.

True custom, functional orthotics can help in the treatment and prevention of many lower-extremity conditions that are a consequence of abnormal foot biomechanics such as back pain, joint pain, capsulitis, hip pain, hammertoes, knee pain, flat feet, high-arched feet, ankle pain, foot pain, arthritis, tendonitis, diabetic neuropathy, plantar fasciitis, ulcers, heel pain, tailor’s bunionettes, bursitis, ankle instability, heel spurs, neuromas, in-toed gait, out-toed gait, callosities, corns, metatarsalgia, and many more conditions.

Prescription, customized moulded inserts can be transferred from shoe to shoe. They are designed to assist in the correction of biomechanical problems that affect the feet, ankles, knees, back and other structures as we walk, run, or perform other activities. They support the foot and help restore the proper alignment of the joints and bones within the foot.

Many foot problems can be directly attributed to collapsed or fallen arches or other biomechanical faults such as pronation (rolling in and collapsing of the arches when walking) and supination (rolling outward of the ankles and raising of the arch). These problems can be genetic in origin, and most patients do not realize there is a problem until various symptoms begin to appear. These symptoms will generally be manifested and recognized at the first onset of pain.

How is a Custom Orthotic Made?

Custom functional foot orthotics are made at West Vancouver Foot Clinic using the state-of-the-art technology:

3D illustration of foot
Structure sensor
Devices connected to laptop

At West Vancouver Foot Clinic, we use the structure sensor device to capture a 3D model of the foot in an extremely precise, simple manner for the most accurately designed custom functional foot orthodontic device.

Orthotics are fabricated by using the precise structure sensor 3D modelling scanner for medical apparatus.
The precise apparatus places the foot in its correct neutral suspension position where all the bones, joints, and muscles of the foot are balanced in the ideal position for walking and running on man-made surfaces.
The foot in this position is most efficient and effective in propelling the body forward.
A precise 3D scan of the foot is then taken and electronically sent to Paragon Laboratories for custom fabrication into a foot orthotic device.

In some circumstances, the foot is also scanned using the sharp shape 3D foot scanner, as shown below, for custom orthotic fabrication, based upon patient specifications.

In Some Scenarios, the Plaster Casting Technique Is Also Utilized

The casts or scans are then sent to Paragon Labs to be made into corrective, functional foot orthotics utilizing laser technology and specialized software programming. Paragon Labs is the orthotic laboratory used by Dr. Mohamed.

plaster casting technique

Do Extended Health Insurances Cover Orthotics?

Most private insurance policies cover functional orthotics prescribed by a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine such as Dr. Mohamed. At the West Vancouver Foot Clinic, all patients will receive a gait or biomechanical analysis, a prescription for custom orthotics, and a letter of necessity. You can submit all of these documents to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Foot Pain Can Be Traumatic

Our podiatrists understand your pain and offer you relief from all types of foot problems.

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