Custom Orthotics Overview
Guelph Orthotics prides itself in the quality and craftsmanship of the devices that come out of our in-house fabrication facility.
Your first appointment will be a comprehensive biomechanical assessment including the use of in-shoe pressure measurement technology (see more below). This appointment can take anywhere from 30-45 minutes to complete. The first appointment may also include a casting of the feet. The quality of the device starts with the quality of the shape capture. In order to make a pair of custom orthotics we must first capture the exact shape of your foot. This starts with a cast of your feet – an exact replica of your foot is created from this cast. The materials that the orthotics are made of are carefully chosen based on your physical characteristics, biomechanical needs and footwear preferences. These materials are then vacuum formed to the mold of your foot producing a custom device of the highest accuracy.
The custom orthotics are then fit to your shoes at the second appointment (typically 1 week between first and second appointments). This is usually where the orthotic process ends for most clinics. At Guelph Orthotics though this is when we perform a second in shoe pressure analysis to determine the effectiveness of the treatment. We can’t imagine doing it any other way. How else could we be certain that the orthotics are working? We get immediate feedback and can make any necessary adjustments at this time.
This type of in depth analysis is ideal for patients with diabetes, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, morton’s neuroma, heel spurs and arthritis among others.
At Guelph Orthotics we understand that it is not always easy to take time off work for an appointment. For your convenience we have both evening and weekend appointments available. This is how we put the client first! Contact us today for a free consultation.
Orthotic Assessment Technology
Guelph Orthotics delivers the highest standard of orthotic solutions, because we have invested in the most advanced orthotic assessment, analysis, and production technology available today. Our cutting-edge assessment lab allows us to capture a detailed analysis of your movement prior to treatment, and compare this with your post-treatment results to ensure that we have corrected and optimized your movement.
A major limitation of many orthotic clinics is the inability to measure the performance of a new custom orthotic. Observational gait analysis (watching how someone walks) does not allow the clinician to see inside the shoe, which forces them to rely on assumptions and educated guesswork.
At Guelph Orthotics, we have an In-Shoe Pressure Measurement system that allows us to actually see inside the shoe. We can observe and quantify exactly how the foot is interacting with the shoe. We also use this as a way to measure the effect of the orthotic at the fitting to ensure we have achieved what we set out to do.
The images below show an example. The images on the left show the pressure and movement of the centre of pressure without the orthotic and the images on the right show these details with the orthotic.
Many individuals who have had orthotics before have likely seen an image like these after they have walked across a mat. At Guelph Orthotics our system is greatly advanced compared to these mats. For the simple reason that we can test before and after as well as test while wearing shoes. The great limitation of the the mats is that they cannot test while using the orthotic so you never know if it is actually working the way it was designed to.
Funding for Foot Orthotics
Custom foot orthotics can be costly ranging from $450-550. Typically they are paid for through group insurance plans. We will provide all documentation necessary to help them get covered along with a report that is sent to your family doctor. Orthotics can also be covered through WSIB and ODSP. In some cases there may be other avenues of funding available please contact us to see how we can help.
How To Get Started
Are you interested to see if a new pair of custom foot orthotics can help improve your comfort and health? If so, we would love to sit down for an initial assessment and talk about how Guelph Orthotics can help you move, walk, run, play, live and GO.
Give us a call at 519-341-0303 or book an appointment online below.