Leading Edge Custom Orthotics

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your feet form the foundation of your body and it all starts there

If you are looking for custom orthotics in St. Albert or Edmonton, then Leading Edge Physiotherapy can help.

Using low-temperature thermoplastics, Leading Edge can fabricate a medically effective orthotic tailored to a patient’s needs. The orthotic is custom tailored to your foot to ensure that your foot achieves the right position at the right time while the foot is in contact with the ground. By ensuring that this occurs, the orthotic can promote proper alignment of the lower extremity and the appropriate firing of the muscles. Recent understanding also points to the role of the functional orthotic as a brain stimulator – telling the body what the foot is doing even when not in contact with the ground. This suggests that attaining the optimal positioning of the foot may only be part of the reason why orthotics are effective in treating overpronation. Ultimately, the result is that orthotics create the right foundation upon which you can stand and propel yourself through life.

As important as the orthotic itself are the modifications that are applied to the orthotic

The orthotic is the foundation, but experience and training help to ensure that the orthotic is prescriptive for your individual problem. For instance, heel cushions, heel raises and metatarsal pads are all external to the orthotic and are used to treat many  foot ailments. Additionally, today’s orthotics can be made to fit many types of shoe and we will take the time to make an orthotic that you will use everyday.

There are 2 types of Custom Orthotics

Medical devices that encourage the foot to attain proper  alignment during the weight bearing phase of the walking cycle are known as functional orthotics.  The principle is that bones aligned properly allow for optimal mechanical advantage. This type of orthotic are usually made of rigid and semi-rigid materials.

Accomodative orthotics are meant to relieve stresses on feet that are relatively firm and inflexible.  Accommodative orthotics may be made of a wide range of materials such as cork, leather, plastic foams, and rubber materials. They are generally more flexible and softer than functional foot orthotics.  These are useful for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcerations and severely arthritic feet.

Orthotics are only one part of the treatment process

Have you tried orthotics in the past for one of the above conditions only to continue to suffer?  In many circumstances, orthotics are only one part of the healing process.

In addition to assessment, footwear advice, and education, a physical therapy treatment may be tailored to address the specific pain or ailment that your feet are suffering from.  Some providers just dispense orthotics while neglecting to treat the disorder.  Along with the previously mentioned  injuries and conditions, overpronation and other foot and ankle pain can be addressed through balance retraining, muscle strengthening/re-education, stretching, mobilization and even modification of existing footwear.  At Leading Edge, our physiotherapists are trained to provide a comprehensive treatment plan to help you to maintain an active lifestyle.

gaitscan-plate-with-scan 2Yes, the screen is complimentary. Not all people need orthotics and we want to make sure that they will be successful for you. To do this, we offer a complimentary computerized gait analysis, video analysis and biomechanical foot assessment. This is provided to determine if you may benefit from custom foot orthotics.

We utilize a 3 phase approach to determining whether orthotics are appropriate for you or your condition. Not all phases are always required, but they are all available upon your request. We use this approach because it is comprehensive. If one phase misses something, another will pick it up. At each stage we are looking for foot faults that may be impacting your feet and lower body.

 

We offer a 30 day money back guarantee to all of our orthotic patients in order that they may take the time to determine if our corrective orthotics are having the benefits that they are seeking. If necessary, we will work diligently to modify the orthotic in a manner that will attain maximal function and comfort. If this fails to meet your expectations and if you have not submitted your expense and received reimbursement from your insurer, we will refund them the full cost of the orthotics.

 

If you have a biomechanical dysfunction in your foot, the following foot and lower extremity problems may be alleviated by custom orthotic devices:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Achilles Tendinitis/osis
  • Peroneal Tendinosis
  • Pes Planus (Flat Feet)
  • Hallux Valgus/Bunions
  • Hallux Limitus (Stiff big toe)
  • Shin Splints
  • Patellofemoral syndrome (knee cap tracking issues)
  • Tired Feet
  • Corns and Calluses
  • Many hip and lower back problems can be caused by impoper foot mechanics

There is no medical referral required, however, your extended benefits provider may require one should orthotics be deemed necessary. Your Doctor may be required to provide you with a referral that lists the specific condition for which you require orthotics. Please speak with your therapist who can assist your physician with a diagnosis.

If you do have coverage there are usually yearly maximums in addition to coverage limits for Orthotic Devices.

  • Be sure to confirm your limits, coverage amounts and referral requirements with your provider and/or human resources department.
  • Please ask in advance if your insurer will accept assessment and dispensing from our occupational and physical therapists. In some instances they will have specific limits on who can provide your orthotics.
  • Our policy is that clients pay for orthotics prior to ordering and then submit their receipts for reimbursement.

Yup we offer these too.

We have access to a large inventory of footwear designed to fit custom orthotics properly and more important comfortably. In addition, we can build a pair of orthotics into a sandal. This makes summer months much more comfortable and allows a patient to be able to wear their orthotics year round and fashionably.