- Your Appointment
- Accommodation of foot deformities;
- Re-alignment of anatomical structures;
- Redistribution of external and internal forces;
- Improvement of balance;
- Control of biomechanical function;
- Accommodation of circulatory special requirements; and,
- Enhancement of the actions of limbs compromised as a result of an accident, congenital deformity, neural condition, or disease.
- Your Assessment
- Education is key to results
- Appointment procedures
- Kiwi reports
- Photo and video analysis
- Turn around times
- Referral to other professionals/multifactorial injuries
- Your Follow-up Program
- 90 Day period (90 days for adjustments, 2nd pair etc)
- Annual follow-ups
What is a Pedorthist?
A Canadian Certified Pedorthist is an individual who is trained in the assessment, design, manufacture, fit and modification of foot appliances and footwear for the purposes of alleviating painful or debilitating conditions and providing assistance for abnormalities or limited actions of the lower limb.
The Pedorthist provides devices and footwear to assist in:
Canadian Certified Pedorthists are experts of conservative footcare, specializing in the design and fit of footwear and foot orthoses to help deal with pain, discomfort and disabilities of the lower limbs. Canadian Certified Pedorthists are one of the few medical professionals educated in the design and fit of both footwear and foot orthoses- essential since they go hand-in-hand. The College of Pedorthics of Canada’s training and certification standards exceed the requirements of most foot care certifying bodies in Canada.
When to see a Certified Pedorthist.
If you, or a member of your family are dealing with foot pain, are suffering from a disease process which can affect your feet, circulation of sensation, or have noticed an abnormal wear pattern to your footwear, you may want to visit your local Pedorthic Practitioner. They will be able to help you deal with your foot and lower limb discomfort.
As one of the few medical professionals educated in the design, fit, manufacture, and modification of footwear and foot orthoses (Orthotics), Certified Members of the Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC) are regularly called upon to fill prescriptions and make recommendations.
Every foot requires special attention. Variables such as overall length, heel to ball length, and width are assessed in both a seated and standing position. Other variables may include bony deformities of the greater and lesser toes, instep height, amputations, ulceration, and biomechanical anomalies such as over-pronation or over-supination, in-toeing or out-toeing.
Certified Pedorthists are trained to deal with these and many more complicated situations of the human foot. In many cases, internal or external modifications may be indicated to treat these deformities, and can come in the form of sole lifts, rocker soles, balloon patches, and changes to the profile of a shoe's upper. A custom made foot orthosis (Orthotic) may also be required to deal with specific biomechanical (movement) problems, pressure distribution, or impact. Your Pedorthic Practitioner is qualified to assess and treat these and many other conditions of the foot and lower leg.
Getting a Referral
Being referred to a Certified Member of the Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC) should be a very simple task for the public. General Practitioners, Orthopaedic Specialists, Rheumatologists, Infectious Disease Specialists, Podiatrists, Chiropractors and Chiropodists all refer to the Certified Pedorthist (Canada), C Ped (C), and Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman, C Ped MC.
A referral is a prescription from the referring practitioner. This can be as simple as “Please Assess and Treat”, or as complex as a full biomechanical assessment from the referring practitioner requesting a specific device, modification, or a pair of custom made footwear. The relationship that the C Ped (C) / C Ped MC has built with the local medical team will determine the type of referral made. In some cases, referring practitioners will request an assessment from the C Ped (C)/C Ped MC prior to filling a complete prescription for treatment.
In many regions of Canada, it can be difficult to schedule an appointment with a family physician within a quick time frame. In these situations, an initial assessment by a Certified Member of the PAC can be arranged. No referral or prescription is necessary but if the client has employee benefits or medical insurance it would be wise to make sure they have coverage and if a referral or prescription is necessary for reimbursement. Following this appointment, a report can be sent to the client’s physician, indicating any underlying pathologies that may require pedorthic intervention.
Orthotics In Motion clients receive a wealth of knowledge during their 45 minute assessment, putting them in charge of their recovery process. Experience the Orthotics In Motion difference!
We specialize in custom-made foot orthoses and shoe modifications. Using traditional casting (full slipper) methods in the assessment, our company offers unparalleled service and selection of foot orthotics. We take pride in the fact that we still use the plaster casting method in order to obtain a true three dimensional shape of our patient’s feet.
Orthotics In Motion (2004) Inc. has an onsite laboratory that allows us to manufacture orthotics locally, provide superior craftsmanship, and offer additional services for complete foot care, such as footwear modifications, access to custom shoemakers, and more. Our orthotics can be manufactured using traditional manufacturing techniques, offering you 7 primary types of orthotics, in up to 15 different styles! We are the hands on people! An onsite lab also gives you the advantage of having adjustments performed while you wait; no wait time without your orthotics.
We still believe that plaster casting is the gold standard for producing orthotics, therefore, if possible, all of our patients are casted. In keeping with technology however, we can transfer your plaster cast to computer using highly specialized scanners to produce an on-screen replica of your foot. We can then use the services of Sound Orthotics, in Parry Sound, Ontario to produce computer aided design / computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) orthotics. Sound Orthotics is owned and operated by Marcel Turgeon, original founder of Orthotics In Motion Inc. This system of manufacturing orthoses has proven to be very accurate in providing truly custom-made orthotics with little to no break in period.