Orthotics and Pedorthist Services
If you are coping with physical limitations such as back, foot, & knee pain; painful injuries, chronic conditions or sport-related problems? A Multi – Disciplinary approach can offer you the relief you are searching for!
At Tri City Physiotherapy, we know how much an injury or condition can affect your quality of life. Our primary aim is to help you get well and stay well. Our compassionate and professional staff are eager to help you achieve your health care goals. Call us today for a consultation or for more information on how Custom Orthotics and a Pedorthist can play a role in getting you or your loved ones to feeling your best.
What is a Pedorthist?
- Focus: Foot and lower limb
- Areas of Practice: Foot orthotics and orthopaedic footwear. Pedorthists are specifically trained in the assessment of the foot and lower limb, the design, manufacture and fitting of custom foot orthoses, and footwear modifications, such as shoe lifts.
- Training: 4 year Undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (or related field such as Human Kinetics) plus a Diploma in Pedorthics (12 month post-graduate program) OR a 3 year Apprenticeship.
- Certification/Credentials: Canadian Certified Pedorthist (C Ped (C) )
How a Pedorthist helps:
Canadian Certified Pedorthists help patients with a wide range of foot and lower limb problems including:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Bunions and bunionettes
- Shin splints
- Claw toes or hammer toes
- Limb length discrepancies
- Sports injuries
- Other foot injuries due to accidents
Common Pedorthist Questions:
Do we need a doctor’s referral to seek Pedorthist services?
You do not need a doctor’s referral to see a Pedorthist. However, if you are going to use your health insurance to cover the cost of services and products, the insurance provider may ask you for a doctor’s referral.
How can I be sure that a Pedorthist is right for my health problem?
At Tri City Physiotherapy we work as a team. If the Pedorthist feels that another service would be more benficial to you, a referral will be made to the appropriate team member. This approach may take more than a single appointment, but the results are longer lasting..
What can I expect on my first appointment with a Pedorthist?
At your initial visit, a thorough assessment will be done, beginning with your history. We will ask questions about your injury or pain, past history of injuries and/or surgeries, relevant medical conditions, your footwear and what kind of activities you do. The pedorthist will also take a look at the footwear you bring in, and note any wear patterns.
A non-weight bearing assessment will be conducted, where your pedorthist will test your range of motion to note any abnormalities. A weight-bearing assessment and muscle testing will also be completed to note any differences. Your pedorthist will determine specific muscle testing for you based on your assessment.
Then, the pedorthist will have you walk a few times and observe your gait (how you walk) from different angles.
After the assessment, your pedorthist will discuss observations and education about your gait, injury or likely reasons for your pain/discomfort. At this time the pedorthist will discuss treatment options with you, which may include stretching, off-the-shelf orthotics, custom orthotics, or a referral for physiotherapy. Footwear recommendations will also be made based on your footwear needs, foot type and gait.
If custom orthotics are determined to be part of your treatment plan, you will be casted using a method that provides a 3D mould of your foot.
How long does an appointment with a Pedorthist take?
The first appointment can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour for a full assessment depending on your condition. Subsequent treatments can be shorter or longer depending upon the condition and the treatment required.
Tri City Physiotherapy’s Pedorthist services are covered by most extended health insurance companies. Not sure if you’re covered? No problem. We can help you find out (and usually within the hour). Just call us at 1 (519)-620-2229.
At Tri City Physiotherapy we believe your health should come first. We take care of the paperwork so you can focus on getting better, plus we offer direct insurance billing, saving you time and up front costs.
Schedule an appointment today to get the treatment you need, and the care you deserve.