ORTHOTIC /THERAPEUTIC and ORTHOPAEDIC SHOES
Prescription Orthotics are custom made to support your feet and correct faulty foot or lower body mechanics.
Orthotics can reduce some foot problems associated with poor mechanics. They are helpful in the treatment of a number of problems including; foot, arch or heel pain; leg, knee, hip or back pain; bunions, hammer toes, metatarsalgia, and plantar fasciitis
A wide variety of orthotic shoes, boots and sandals are available to suit your individual needs and lifestyle.
At HCRC Orthotics can be provided by a PEDORTHIST or PHYSIOTHERAPIST
About Your Therapist
All PHSYIOTHERAPISTS providing orthotics have Bachelors or Masters Level Degree in Physiotherapy and have training in gait and orthopaedic physical assessment and treatment. Each therapist participates in specific courses related to orthotics assessment and prescription.
All PEDORTHISTS have attended a program providing specific training in the assessment, design, manufacture, fit and modification of foot appliances and footwear.
About Your Coverage
Orthotics may be covered under your Health Benefits, WSIB, or Motor Vehicle Insurance. A physician prescription and pre-approval letter may be required by your insurance company to ensure reimbursement for orthotics.
Want to check out your coverage yourself ??
Call your insurance company and ask the following details ...
- Do you have coverage for orthotics, orthotic shoes, or orthopaedic shoes, ?
- What is the amount of coverage per pair or per year?
- How many pairs of orthotics or shoes per year are you allowed?
- Do you need a Physician or Doctors prescription or recommendation to get orthotics?
- Can the Orthotics be dispensed by a Physiotherapist or by a Pedorthist?
All of these vary between insurance companies and are important to confirm.
Pedorthists are educated in the design, fit, manufacture, and modification of footwear and foot orthoses / orthotics. They are members of the Pedorthic Association of Canada and are regulated by the College of Pedorthics of Canada.
You may want to see a pedorthist if you have foot or heel pain, have had hip or low back pain , have a disease that may affect your feet or have an abnormal wear pattern in your shoes.
A Pedorthist can provide an assessment of your problem by observing your foot and gait, taking specific measurements of the foot, checking rom, by looking at your footwear and reviewing your health status. Based on your assessment, the Pedorthist can provide an orthotic or footwear that may help to reduce pain, accommodate for any deformities, improve foot function and alignment, improve balance, and allow you to improve your function and an participation in work or recreation.
Acupuncture can be used for acute problems effectively. It is often helpful to reduce chronic pain and may provide relief from pain when other therapies have failed.
Acupuncture can stimulate the body to produce endorphins, help to reduce pain, accelerate your body's natural ability to heal, and reduce inflammation.
The World Health Organization has described a number of conditions that can benefit from Acupuncture. Therapists at the Halton Community Rehabilitation Centre focus on Musculoskeletal or Orthopaedic Conditions. Some of these include:
Neck and Back Pain
Shoulder, Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot Pain
Strains and Sprains
Tendonitis, Frozen Shoulder
About Each Visit
The number of visits you will require varies depending on the condition being treated, from only 1-2 to several weeks. Most patients feel no pain, however, some experience mild discomfort. Only sterile, disposable needles are used. This prevents the risk of infection or disease. Acupuncture treatment is most effective if you refrain from taking alcohol or sedatives before treatment and you rest or refrain from strong exercise after treatment. Your therapist will review the risks and benefits of Acupuncture with you before starting treatment.
About Your Therapist
All Therapists providing Acupuncture Services at the Halton Community Rehabilitation Centre have training through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada or the McMaster Medical Acupuncture Program.