What Are Foot Orthotics?
What Are The Health Benefits?
As utilized by the NHL and CFL, our professional and fully customized Foot Levelers 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 3D scan as part of your biomechanical evaluation with Dr. Claudia Sacco. A foam impression cast may also be taken if required by the plan. There will be an analysis that determines abnormal foot function, balance and sway, respectively, 150 frames/second resulting in extremely accurate diagnosis and treatment
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 3D scan as part of your biomechanical evaluation with Dr. Claudia Sacco and will discuss the findings together. 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 3D 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.
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 3D Foot Scan Analysis, 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.
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