CUSTOM
ORTHOTICS

What Are Foot Orthotics?

What Are The Health Benefits?
 

As utilized by the NHL and CFL, our professional and fully customized Footmaxx foot orthotic insoles are a safe and effective modality within a Chiropractic preventative wellness care model for optimal health and quality of life for our patients.


An "orthotic" is a term for a shoe insert used to help brace, splint or otherwise support and align the foot and improve one's "gait" (the manner in which one walks). Orthotic insoles are intended to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern, by altering slightly the angles at which the foot strikes a walking or running surface. A "custom orthotic" or "prescription orthotic" is an insole custom made to a digital or 3D impression of the foot, either when standing (static) or moving (dynamic).

Our custom foot orthotic insoles are designed to provide maximum foot control by combining 4 layers (top cover, cushioning, module and bottom reinforcement) with accommodations to create the best support. They offer excellent motion control for those who require better foot function in everyday activities from work to play.

During your gait assessment visit, you will complete a dynamic scan as part of your biomechanical evaluation with Dr. Claudia Sacco. A foam impression cast may also be taken if required by the plan. Our FootMaxx Motion Metascan™ analysis offers a complete diagnostic system that determines abnormal foot function, balance and sway, respectively, 150 frames/second resulting in extremely accurate diagnosis and treatment.



 


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Your First Visit

Prior to your gait assessment, please take a few moments to complete your New Patient Intake paperwork online HERE or arrive 10-minutes early to complete a paper version, as this will provide our Doctors with the required information to evaluate your health needs to ensure the utmost care. Check your benefits! Contact your extended health benefits (insurance) provider for your coverage specifications. See Know Your Coverage  
 

During your gait assessment, you will share information about your health, such as any injury or surgery and your reasons for seeking custom orthotics at this time. During your gait assessment, you will complete a dynamic scan as part of your biomechanical evaluation with Dr. Claudia Sacco and will discuss the findings together. You will walk over a special mat that will analyze your posture, biomechanical pressure and gait at 150/frames per second as you are moving and when you are standing still. A foam impression cast may also be taken if required by the plan.

After your gait assessment, some homecare recommendations may have been suggested to you including gentle stretches or exercises, lifestyle modifications, or various treatment options for optimal function. If you would like to order orthotics based on the findings of your assessment, you are required to pay 50% of the full balance upon ordering and the remaining balance upon pick up, approximately 2 weeks later. You will be provided with a packet of materials in order for you to complete your insurance claim, if applicable.

There are many health benefits to orthotic insoles that have been custom-made to your needs including improved gait and reduced pain or preventing degeneration from toe-to-head! If your feet are functioning abnormally, you may experience pain or degenerative problems in other areas of your body over time. Orthotics allow for an improved gait (the way you walk) and better weight distribution, joint and spinal alignment and better overall biomechanics in every step.
 

Some of the numerous benefits of custom orthotics include:​
 

  • Relief from Chronic Back Pain better maintain spinal alignment and reduce rotation caused by poor gait

  • Relief from Joint Pain, Address Ankle, Knee, Hip Concerns or Bursitis support the alignment, proper movement and overall function of the lower extremities and joints

  • Improve and prevent Foot problems such as Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, Bunions, Neuromas and more

  • Support Diabetic Neuropathy & Arthritis

  • Improve Stability better engage the stabilizer muscles involved in supporting gait biomechanics

  • Commonly fully or partially covered by health insurance

A variety of holistic healthcare services complement custom foot orthotics to help ensure optimal function and prevention of future ailments. Our additional health services and hi-tech modalities include:
 

Know Your Coverage
 

Although custom orthotic insoles are commonly covered in extended health benefits (insurance) plans, every plan is different and may require specific information regarding each patient's condition and orthotics manufacturing.

For speedy reimbursement from your plan, please check your coverage prior to your appointment in order to ensure that your requirements are met as your claim must be manufactured to the exact specifications of your plan, such as:
 

  • Prescription Requirements although a detailed letter from our Dr. Sacco (D.C.) is always provided, some plans may require a Doctor’s Note from your Family Physician (M.D.) prior to submitting your claim. *If an M.D. prescription is required, we recommend that you have this prior to your gait assessment appointment.
     

  • Details of the casting technique to be used to manufacture – (i.e. 3Dmaxx/3D laser/Foam/Plaster Cast/Slipper Cast (which means physical impression/cast) OR a Dynamic Scan (Extrapolation System Foot Orthotic (ESFO)/Extrapolated Volumetric Foot Model (EVFM) (which means through a digital scan). *We always provide a dynamic scan as part of the biomechanical assessment, however, if an impression/cast is needed to meet the requirements of the plan for manufacturing, this can also be completed during your gait assessment appointment. *QPC is not responsible for rejected claims.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Providing Only the Best

Our clinic utilizes state of the art technologies so our patients can get back to life faster! Powerful Chiropractic modalities including Motion Metascan Gait Analysis (see video), Class IV Laser, Radial Shockwave Therapy/ESWT and TENS, are often preferred to various treatments (or even surgeries) due to their demonstrated effectiveness and non-invasive nature.

Custom foot orthotics are utilized by professional athletes, healthcare professionals and workforces requiring their team to be on their feet most of the day and require additional support for optimal function. We are thrilled to provide patients access to these amazing tools that have the potential to vastly improve quality of life with a long-term impact. With superior biomechanical evaluation and casting and precise manufacturing methods, our professional orthotics offer optimal support for work and play.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are custom foot orthotics?


An "orthotic" is a term for a shoe insert used to help brace, splint or otherwise support and align the foot and improve one's "gait" (the manner in which one walks). An obstructed gait can cause various misalignments in the spine, joints and surrounding soft tissues, leading to pain and degeneration. Orthotic insoles are intended to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern, by altering slightly the angles at which the foot strikes a walking or running surface. A "custom orthotic" is an insole custom made to a digital or 3D impression of the foot, either when standing (static) or moving (dynamic). Many insurance plans offer coverage for custom orthotics due to their many health benefits and individualized fit (as opposed to a cheaper quality over-the-counter option that are not designed to a patient's specific needs as discovered through findings of a gait assessment and analysis, such as what is provided in our clinic).




What conditions can they help with?


An obstructed gait (walking pattern) can cause various misalignments in the spine, joints and surrounding soft tissues, leading to pain and degeneration. Custom orthotics help correct a number of common foot, lower limb and low back problems - relieving pain and improving your quality of life!

Some of the conditions that customized foot orthotics can help with:

• Foot/arch pain, plantar fasciitis, bunions, heel spurs, hammer toes, neuromas, metatarsalgia and other more foot conditions • Ankle, knee, hip and back pain • Shin splints, IT band syndrome, bursitis, piriformis syndrome/sciatic nerve pain • Degeneration of the joints or spinal vertebrae
• Combat effects of osteoarthritis, arthritis, parkinsons and diabetic neuropathy
• Promote general health and well-being

Other healthcare therapies or modalities that may complement your custom orthotics goals include:

-Chiropractic Adjustment & Soft Tissue Therapies
-Class IV Laser Therapy -Radial Shockwave Therapy
-TENS
-Traction, ART, MRT, Graston, GuaSha, Cupping
-Infrared Sauna (Hyperthermy/Heat Therapy)
-Registered Massage
-Traditional Acupuncture




How do they work?


Custom foot orthotic insoles are intended to correct an abnormal or irregular gait (walking pattern), by altering slightly the angles at which the foot strikes a walking or running surface. Our professional Footmaxx custom orthotics are designed to provide maximum foot control by combining 4 layers (top cover, cushioning, module and bottom reinforcement) with accommodations to create the best support. Your orthotic is manufactured directly from your gait analysis specifications and/or 3D impression, with layers of comfort and support chosen for your needs.

They offer excellent motion control for those who require better foot function in everyday activities from work to play.




How long will they last? Are there deals for second pairs?


Orthotics have a similar shelf-life to a pair of shoes, with regular wear and tear. Instructions for care and cleaning are including in your orthotic packet. Generally speaking, folks will need a new pair every couple years as our body, weight or lifestyle may have changed since the original assessment.

Although many patients are happy to move their orthotics to different shoes, orthotics are built for various needs and may not fit for all purposes. Some folks are encouraged to consider different pairs to fit different needs (ie. leather low-profile fit for work shoes vs. sport-enhanced pair for the gym shoes or winter boots).
We offer a deal on second pairs - SAVE $50 on the purchase of second pair!*
*No need to book another gait assessment appointment, call or email your order – that’s a savings of up to $115!
*Deal expires 30 days after purchase of first pair




How long until I notice results?


Custom orthotics support knee, hip, low back, balance and biomechanical issues. As your body adjusts to the changes you may notice a bit of achiness in your feet, joints or low back. This means that your body is actively responding to the improved support under your feet. In the first week or so, you will want to wear your new orthotics for a short period of an hour and gradually work up to longer wear until they feel more comfortable. Within weeks, most patients notice vastly improved gait function and the reduction of various sympoms (such as knee, hip and low back pain) over time as your body realigns itself more efficiently.

For optimal results and alignment, patients are encouraged to consider their options for treatment in our clinic as Chiropractic adjustment and soft tissue techniques, hi-tech modalities and other wellness services combined with orthotics will offer optimal orthotics results and improved quality of life.




Are they covered by my insurance plan?


Although custom orthotic insoles are commonly covered in extended health benefits (insurance) plans, every plan is different and may require specific information regarding each patient's condition and orthotics manufacturing. If you do not have orthotics coverage, you may want to consider purchasing a pair anyway, as the investment in your health may be worth the price for you as you gain quality of life.

If coverage exists, we will attempt to direct bill the assessment on the patient's behalf under Chiropractic coverage at the time of the gait assessment appointment, if possible. Once the orthotics are ready for pickup, we will provide a packet of materials for the patient to use to manually submit an orthotics claim for reimbursement.

For speedy reimbursement from your plan, please check your coverage prior to your appointment in order to ensure that your requirements are met as your claim must be manufactured to the exact specifications of your plan, such as:

  • Prescription Requirements – although a detailed letter from our Dr. Sacco (D.C.) is always provided, some plans may require a Doctor’s Note from your Family Physician (M.D.) prior to submitting your claim.

    *If an M.D. prescription is required, we recommend that you have this prior to your gait assessment appointment.
  • Details of the casting technique to be used to manufacture – (i.e. 3Dmaxx/3D laser/Foam/Plaster Cast/Slipper Cast (which means physical impression/cast)
    OR
    a Dynamic Scan (Extrapolation System Foot Orthotic (ESFO)/Extrapolated Volumetric Foot Model (EVFM) (which means through a digital scan).

    *We always provide a dynamic scan as part of the biomechanical assessment, however, if an impression is needed to meet the requirements of the plan for manufacturing, this can also be completed during your gait assessment appointment.
    *QPC is not responsible for rejected claims.




What is a 'gait assessment'?


During your gait assessment, you will share information about your health, such as any injury or surgery and your reasons for seeking custom orthotics at this time. You will complete a dynamic scan as part of your biomechanical evaluation (your motion) with Dr. Claudia Sacco and will discuss the findings together. You will walk over a special mat that will analyze your posture, biomechanical pressure and gait at 150 frames per second as you are moving (dynamic) and when you are standing still (static). A foam impression may also be taken if required by the plan.

The eight key foot landmarks (lateral heel, medial heel, five metatarsal heads and the hallux) are accurately isolated and tracked throughout the stance phase of gait (your walking pattern). The typical gait assessment appoinment is 15-20 minutes.

After your gait assessment, some homecare recommendations may have been suggested to you including gentle stretches or exercises, lifestyle modifications, or various treatment options for optimal function. If you would like to order orthotics based on the findings of your assessment, you are required to pay 50% of the full balance upon ordering and the remaining balance upon pick up, approximately 1-2 weeks later. You will be provided with a packet of materials in order for you to complete your insurance claim, if applicable.​




Are there any side effects?


Custom orthotics support knee, hip, low back, balance and biomechanical issues. As your body adjusts to the changes you may notice a bit of achiness in your feet, joints or low back. This means that your body is actively responding to the improved support under your feet. In the first week or so, you will want to wear your new orthotics for a short period of an hour and gradually work up to longer wear until they feel more comfortable. Within weeks, most patients notice vastly improved gait function and the reduction of various sympoms (such as knee, hip and low back pain) over time as your body realigns itself more efficiently.

For optimal results and alignment, patients are encouraged to consider their options for treatment in our clinic as Chiropractic adjustment and soft tissue techniques, hi-tech modalities and other wellness services combined with orthotics will offer optimal orthotics results and improved quality of life.




Is it scientifically proven?


Yes! Orthotics are used by clinicians around the world for their positive impact on human biomechanics, alignment, improvement of function and correction of injuries.

Our powerful and precise Footmaxx diagnostic Metascan™ and 3Dmaxx™ systems use highly advanced proprietary software to help clinicians further evaluate patients for knee, hip, low back, balance and biomechanical issues. The eight key foot landmarks (lateral heel, medial heel, five metatarsal heads and the hallux) are accurately isolated at 150 frames per second and tracked throughout the stance phase of gait.

The in-depth gait and pressure analysis report (included in the orthotics claim packet) is useful as a permanent chart record and can be submitted to insurance and managed care companies to facilitate pre-determination requirements. Metascan makes scientific, accurate and biomechanical patient assessments affordable for patients with this advanced in-office system.





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