Custom Foot Orthotics (inserts)
Custom Foot Orthotics are specifically designed and fabricated permanent shoe orthotic inserts to assist in restoring normal gait and decreasing the pain of the lower extremity and back associated with poor foot biomechanics. A detailed gait and foot assessment will determine the need of an orthotic. If prescribed, a non-weight bearing casting technique is used as a mold to provide a customized orthotic shoe insert.
If referred by a physician a diagnosis should be clearly identified for insurance coverage consideration.
Most custom made orthotic foot inserts are not covered by Manitoba Health, but are covered through private insurances. DVA, WCB, MPI and non-insured health benefits for First Nation individuals are other sources for insurance coverage on an individual basis.
Orthotics are ideal for patients experiencing pain with walking, running, sporting activities or prolonged standing. Orthotics are light weight, durable and come in a variety of styles to fit easily into most footwear ranging from dress shoes to work boots to hockey skates. Orthotics provide accommodation of existing foot deformities, provide superior motion control and support, biomechanical correction and shock absorption where needed.
Many orthopedic conditions require orthotics to improve function. The list is extensive and may include common conditions including arthritis, plantar fasciitis, hallux valgus, pes planus, pes cavus, abnormal pronation and supination, plantar spurs, ligament sprains, achilles and posterior tibial tendonitis, shin splints, metatarsalgia and strains to mention a few. Conditions affecting the knee such as patella femoral syndrome and higher up the kinetic chain including low back pain, can also be improved with customized orthotics. Diabetic patients can also benefit prophylactically to reduce any identified high pressure areas on the plantar foot which can over time lead to skin deterioration, breakdown and possible ulceration.