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Edmonton Chiropractor: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Foot OrthoticsFoot_Levelers_Elite_XL_Spinal_Stablizer.jpg

Are there are some signs or clues that I might need custom foot orthotics?

How does your Chiropractor assess if you need foot orthotics?

I have good shoes.  Why do I need foot orthotics?

Will I have to buy new shoes?

I have different types of shoes.  Can I use them in all of my shoes?

I wear high heel dress shoes all day at work.  Can you buy foot orthotics for women's dress shoes?

I wear sandals in the summer.  Can I wear my orthotics in my sandals?

What kinds of foot orthotics are there?

How do I order orthotics?

How much do custom-made foot orthotics cost?

How long do custom foot orthotics last?

What should I do if my feet get sore when I wear my new orthotics?



Are there are some signs or clues that I might need custom foot orthotics?

  • Walking with a limp or your toes pointed in our out.
  • If your posture is poor or altered.  Check to see if your head, shoulders and hip heights are equal heights (normal) or if one side higher than the other (abnormal).  Have someone check your posture sideways.  Your ear should be in line with your shoulder and hip.  Does your head stoop or jut forward with your shoulders rolling in?  This "forward head posture" is abnormal and can cause a variety of health problems.  Abnormal posture can be linked to a foot problem throwing your posture out of balance.
  • Obvious shoe wear, such as excessive wear points or uneven wearing on one shoe or between both feet. Outside heel area wear is often a positive sign for over pronation (flat feet).
  • Knee or hip pain when walking or exercising can suggest a misalignment or instability in the feet.
  • Symptoms of faulty foot mechanics could include localized:
    • foot pain
    • bunions
    • hammer toes
    • arch, heel pain
    • leg, knee, hip or back pain
    • neck pain

How does your Chiropractor assess if you need 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.

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I have good shoes.  Why do I need foot orthotics?

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.

 

Will I have to buy new shoes?Foot_Levelers_Elite_XL_Spinal_Stablizer.jpg

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.


 

I have different types of shoes.  Can I use them in all of my shoes?

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.

Click here to see the Foot Levelers full product line of custom-made foot orthotics (Spinal Stabilizers)

 

I wear high heel dress shoes all day at work.  Can you buy foot orthotics for women's dress shoes?Foot_Levelers_5th_Avenue_Luxury.jpg

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.

Click here to see the Foot Levelers women's foot orthotics

 

I wear sandals in the summer.  Can I wear my orthotics in my sandals?Foot_Levelers_Sandalthotics.jpg

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.

Click here to see the Foot Levelers Sandalthotics

 

What kinds of foot orthotics are there?

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  • Men's shoes
  • Women's shoes and boots
  • Workboots
  • Children's shoes (ages 5 to 12)
  • Golf shoes

Click here to see the Foot Levelers full product line of custom-made foot orthotics (Spinal Stabilizers)

 

How do I order orthotics (Stabilizers)?

Your Chiropractor or one of our assistants can help you order the right kind of foot orthotic for you. 

The Process

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.

  1. The doctor or assistants will get an exact impression of your feet, using a foam casting kit or digital foot scanner.
  2. 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.
  3. The casting kit or digital scan is sent to the Foot Levelers laboratory.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

 

How much do custom-made foot orthotics cost?

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. 

 

How long do custom foot orthotics last?

 Approximately 2 years and then they should be replaced. 

 

What should I do if my feet get sore when I wear my new orthotics?

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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