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Edmonton Chiropractor: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Foot Orthotics
During your initial evaluation or during a re-evaluation, your Chiropractor will do a postural evaluation and will visually inspect if you have overly high arches or dropped arches (flat feet). Flat feet are the most common foot problem found. Your Chiropractor may also watch how you walk (gait anlaysis) and will also do a digital scan to assess how you are weight-bearing on the bottom of your feet.
A high quality supportive shoe is indeed the most important element for your feet. However, the insole is not custom-made for your foot. By inserting a custom-made foot orthotic into a good quality shoe, you are ensuring that you give your feet optimal alignment, balance and stability. Most shoes people wear have an existing insole that easily slips out and the orthotic can slip into the shoe to replace the original insole.
Generally not. The foot orthotics Foot Levelers design are not a thick, hard plastic, and rigid design. They are slightly thicker than your existing insole, but have good cushion and enough rigidity to correct most foot imbalances. Foot Levelers orthotics are most effective when used in shoes with good construction, fit, and condition. Your orthotics are also a guide in assuring new shoes fit well. If a shoe can't accommodate a stabilizer which has been custom made for your foot, then that shoe is not the proper size for you.
If your shoes are a similar style you just move you foot orthotic from one shoe to the next. There are different orthotics for different types of shoes. For example, men's and women's lace up shoes that have a wide forefoot usually need a full-length orthotic whereas a slip on shoe may require an orthotic that is shorter in length. Foot Levelers make a variety of foot orthotics for a variety of shoes. To start, we usually recommend buying one pair of foot orthotics for the type of shoe you wear most often. If you like the orthotic you can choose to invest in different types of orthotics to fit in your other types of shoes.
Yes. Although high heel shoes are not ideal for your feet or back, the reality is that you're not going to give them up to sacrifice your style. Foot Levelers has designed a thin orthotic specifically for women's high heel dress shoes. This helps support you feet better and can help alleviate the burning pain you may experience in the ball of your foot.
No. Foot Levelers does make very comfortable Sandalthotics. So the custom-made orthotic is directly built into the Sandal design of your choice. They have a good selection of style including flip flops and we have had excellent feedback from our patients telling us that they are very comfortable.
Foot Levelers make a variety of foot orthotics for a variety of shoes:
Your Chiropractor or one of our assistants can help you order the right kind of foot orthotic for you.
Foot Levelers custom design our foot orthotics through an impression or imaging process depending on the preference of your Chiropractor and your health insurance companies needs.
- The doctor or assistants will get an exact impression of your feet, using a foam casting kit or digital foot scanner.
- They will then determine which foot orthotics are right for you, based on the results of the scan or cast. A variety of styles are available for all activity levels and shoe styles.
- The casting kit or digital scan is sent to the Foot Levelers laboratory.
- Skilled technicians build your custom-made foot orthotics using 16 precise measurements based on their analysis of your feet. Your lifestyle, age, weight and activity level are all considered when we create your custom-made foot orthotics.
- The foot orthotics are sent back to your Chiropractor. Instructions will be given on how to wear and care for them. If the order is sent electronically, you will get your orthotics within 1-2 weeks. If a foam cast is made of your feet, the order will have to be sent by mail and it takes 2-3 weeks to receive your orthotics.
The price ranges from $200 - $450 depending on the type of foot orthotic or sandalthotic you order. Most health insurance plans cover some or all of the cost of custom-made foot orthotics. Check your plan. Payment is required prior to sending your order to Foot Levelers as they charge us as soon they get the order. If you have insurance make sure you know what they require so you can get reimbursed. They will require a receipt from us for sure. Sometimes a prescription letter from us or a note from your medical doctor is required. Sometimes they require a detailed lab report and require us to make a 3D cast of your foot.
Approximately 2 years and then they should be replaced.
Some people experience a mild discomfort during initial break-in. Break-in time can take up to two to four weeks in some cases, but usually much less time for most people. If your feet are uncomfortable, remove the orthotics for about half an hour, then re-insert. The golf ball exercise is a simple way to speed the adaptation process. Sit with a golf ball under your bare foot. Roll the ball with as much pressure as is comfortable from the front of your foot to the back, and along the arches and outer edges. Do this for up to five minutes per foot, twice a day, to speed adaptation. If discomfort persists beyond two to four weeks, let us know and we will rectify the problem.
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