What is Orthotics?

Orthotics usually refers to foot orthoses which are custom made inserts for your shoes that help control abnormal foot motions. We offer a wide range of orthotic types and make to meet every patient’s individual needs. Dr. Storozuk is an experienced Certified Pedorthist who specializes in performance orthotics for athletes of all skill levels.

Read some of the commonly asked questions about orthotics.

What is involved with getting orthotics?

Initially an assessment is performed to ensure you are a good candidate for orthotics. The assessment consists of a history of your foot problems followed by a physical assessment of your feet and a biomechanical assessment of your gait (walking stride). If you are a good candidate we will take an impression of your feet using a casting biofoam. The foam cast will be sent to an orthotics laboratory where they will make a custom orthotic based on the cast and the information from our assessment.
We get our orthotics made by three different orthotics laboratories:

  • Ontario Orthotics Lab
  • The Orthotic Group
  • Atlas Orthotic Lab

In addition to the inserts, these orthotic companies offer sandals and shoes that have the inserts built right in. Take a look at their websites to see exactly what products they offer.

Why do people get orthotics?

It is usually because of mechanical problems in the foot that are causing discomfort in the foot, ankle or further up the leg. Some of the common conditions treated with orthotics include:

  • excessive pronation and supination
  • heel pain
  • plantar fasciitis
  • calluses and bunions
  • ankle pain
  • chronic ankle sprains
  • shin splints
  • forefoot pain (metatarsalgia)
  • nerve pain in the foot (Morton’s neuroma, tarsal tunnel syndrome)
  • knee pain (iliotibial band syndrome, arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis)
  • hip pain (bursitis, arthritis)
  • low back pain

How do they work?

Orthotics work by correctly aligning and supporting the bones in the foot, ankle and leg. When positioned correctly the joint, ligaments, and muscles don’t become overstressed or prematurely fatigue, thus eliminating the injury to these tissues.

Are they covered by my insurance plan?

Most plans cover orthotics but it’s best to check with your insurance company beforehand to make sure. Some insurers require a prescription from a medical doctor. Dr. Storozuk has additional training in foot orthotics; he is a certified pedorthist, which some insurers require.

No referral is necessary.
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