2 for 1 Orthotic Insoles Promotion

It’s That Time Of Year Again, as we’re heading into Fall, and it may be time to Check In for New Or Renewed Custom Orthotic Insoles, with Dr. Phil’s 2 Pair for the price of one promotion.

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

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Orthotic Insoles?

  • 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 do I know if I need foot orthotics?

During your initial evaluation or during a re-evaluation, Dr. Phil will watch how you walk (gait analysis) and will also do a digital scan (using a 3-D Laser Computer Aided Design/CAD System) to assess how you are weight-bearing on the bottom of your feet, and he will do a postural evaluation and will visually inspect if you have overly high arches or dropped arches (flat 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?

It Depends!  The foot orthotics are not a thick, hard plastic, or rigid design.  They are slightly thicker than your existing insole, but have good cushion and enough rigidity to correct most foot imbalances.  Your custom orthotic insoles 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.  There is a variety of foot orthotics for a variety of shoes.  To start, we usually recommend buying a pair of foot orthotics for the type of shoe you wear most, and with Dr. Phil’s 2 for 1 promotion, then have a second pair for either a different type of footwear or to have more than one pair of orthotics for similar footwear.  This saves you from having to constantly switch the orthotics from one pair to another.

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

No.  However, Dr. Phil does prescribe and dispense very comfortable Sandal orthotics insoles, as well as sandals.

What kinds of foot orthotics are there?

There are a variety of foot orthotics for a variety of shoes:

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

See the full line of Custom Orthotic Insole Styles: http://www.atlasorthoticlab.com/orthotics/ 

How do I Set Up An Assessment with Dr. Phil?

Get Help Now with Dr. Phil McAllister @ Forward Health or contact the clinic directly by phone at 519-826-7973, or by e-mail: info@forwardhealth.ca

An assessment with Dr. Phil will then be booked for approximately 30 minutes, and during that time he can help order the right kind of foot orthotic for you.

  • The Process

Custom design for foot orthotic insoles are through a 3-D Laser CAD imaging process.

Once the examination is completed, and you decide to go ahead with the prescription recommended by Dr. Phil, then,

  1. The casting kit or digital scan is sent to the Atlas Orthotic Lab (http://atlasorthoticlab.com/).
  2. 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 the custom-made foot orthotics are fabricated.
  3. The foot orthotics are then shipped back to Dr. Phil at Forward Health. Your Orthotic insoles are usually back to the clinic within 1 week.
  4. Instructions will be given on how to wear and care for them on the fitting which is set up by the clinic once the orthotic insoles arrive from the lab.

How much do custom-made foot orthotics cost?

The price for the prescription and provision of the 2 for 1 promotion for custom orthotic insoles with Dr. Phil is $500 in total.  If you only need one pair and don’t need to take advantage of the 2 for 1 promotion, then the cost is $400.00 in total.  There is a $50.00 examination fee for the initial visit and it is built into the total cost if you decide to purchase the custom orthotic insoles.

Most health insurance plans cover some or all of the cost of custom-made foot orthotics.  Check your plan specifically for coverage amounts and who is payable regarding types of practitioners.  Payment is required prior to sending your order to Atlas labs 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, so Dr. Phil will always do a full detailed report with the manufacturing process etc.  That way you have all the specific necessities for your coverage.

How long do custom foot orthotics last?

Approximately 2-3 years with everyday usage, and then they should be replaced. Many insurance companies re-new custom orthotic insole prescriptions every 2 years.

Looking forward to empowering you to continue to live long & strong, and stay in the Game For Life!

Dr. Phil McAllister @ Forward Health

ACRB, CTPI, DC. ABFP, CSCS, CCSP

Dr. Phil Shares: The Function of a Running Shoe


May is Foot Care month, and a great way to take off on the right foot is to understand the function of our shoe, especially the Running Shoe. so here it is.

The function of a running shoe is to protect the foot from the stress of running, while permitting you to achieve your maximum potential. Selecting the right shoe for your foot can be confusing without the proper knowledge.

People with low arches, called pronators, will need a shoe that provides stability. A shoe with good cushioning is important for people with high arches, called supinators.

There are three main features that you need to consider when selecting a running shoe: shape, construction, and midsole.

Shape

To determine the shape of the shoe, look at the sole. Draw a straight line from the middle of the heel to the top of the shoe. In a curve-shaped shoe, most comfortable for supinators, the line will pass through the outer half of the toes. A straight-shaped shoe will have a line that passes through the middle of the toes. These shoes are built to give pronators added stability.

Construction

Take out the insole and look at what type of stitching is used on the bottom. In board construction shoes, built specifically for pronators, the bottom of the shoe will not have any visible stitching. Combination shoes, appropriate for mild pronators or supinators, will have stitching that begins halfway. On slip-constructed shoes, you will see stitching running the entire length of the shoe providing the flexibility supinators need.

Midsole

Most of the cushioning and stability of a running shoe is determined by the midsole. A dual-density midsole provides shock absorption as well as some stability, perfect for pronators. Single density midsoles offer good cushioning but are not great at providing stability, making them better for supinators.

Keep in mind that a chiropractor can help you prevent running-related problems by assessing your gait, as well as the mobility of the joints in your feet, legs, pelvis and spine.

Thanks to The OCA for sharing

Shared by Dr. Phil McAllister @ Forward Health in Guelph

What’s The Dr. Phil Difference at Forward Health?

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Being injured is about more than just being in pain.
It can set your training back – wipe out any progress you’ve made.
It can even keep you from competing at all.

As a fellow active middle aged adult, I know how much you love what you do. It’s so frustrating to be injured in the first place. Not to mention distressing to think you might not be able to work out or simply perform all of your daily activities.

If you’re hurting now, the key to getting back to 100% mobility as quickly as possible is to receive the right diagnosis – the right treatment plan – right from the start!

My name is Dr. Phil McAllister and I am a licensed Chiropractor with a special interest in Functional Mechanics and Neurology.  I’m very passionate about the treatment of sports injuries, pain management, and injury prevention.

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Through my unique blend of specialties culminating in an individualized Treatment Regime, unique to your needs, that has helped so many, including athletes of all levels with injury recovery and in performance enhancement.

It is my privilege to be the Clinical Director at Forward Health, and over my decades in practice have been a member of medical teams with various International, National and Provincial  Sports Venues since 1994, as well as hosting Living Healthy – Guelph – Rogers TV with Dr. Phil McAllister.

While Chiropractors are generally trained to treat back and neck problems, a Doctor who is further trained in the field of Functional mechanics and neurology has extensive post-graduate training on treating the whole body and all functional issues.

Over the last 21 years, I’ve seen and treated just about every sports injury you can imagine, giving me a wealth of personal experience to draw on,

What this means is I can offer you…

– More accurate diagnosis
– More accurate functional Chiropractic restoration techniques
– Shorter treatment plans

Your initial consultation will include a thorough functional examination. We’ll discuss the type of training you do, the intensity, your routines, diet – anything that can affect your performance.

Yes, this takes more time… but I’ve found it’s always time well spent. The goal is not just to reduce the pain for now — you don’t want the problem to come back as soon as you stop treatments — You want a long-term solution.

After all, you don’t want the problem to come back as soon as you return to your daily routine or sports activity!

That’s why we’ll look at more than just “what’s hurting” by performing some specific and unique functional tests to gently uncover exactly WHY you are hurting.

By taking this whole body approach to care, treatments are designed to make you feel better and perform better NOW – while also helping to solve the underlying cause of your pain, or as a good analogy goes, my goal is not to just make the orchestra look good on stage, rather my goal is to ensure that the orchestra also plays in harmony.

Soft tissue treatments including Trigenics Neuro-Integrative Functional Techniques, Myo-Fascial Release techniques, Cutting edge Neuro-modulation bio-feedback techniques, along with Custom Orthotics, Compression Sox, performance enhancement Re-Training etc. allow me to…

  • Relax your muscles
  • Ensure that the brain is getting the correct muscles to fire for optimal performance and coordination of all the joint motions.
  • Reduce any swelling and inflammation
  • Increase your range of motion and flexibility
  • Help reduce your pain and stiffness

You’ll also know your progress by a testing and benchmark system to document exactly where you are before and after every treatment plan. This gives a specific, measurable way to track your improvement.

Accurate diagnosis, proven treatment plans, and consistent testing are just three of the reasons why our average treatment plan is just 8-12 treatments over a 4- 6 week period.

Much shorter – and much more effective – than a traditional chiropractor or physiotherapist.

Since you don’t like missing even a day or two because of soreness or pulled muscles, we’ll also work on injury prevention.

This includes everything from stretching and exercise to nutrition and lifestyle choices, with our entire health care team at Forward Health.

By being proactive, you’ll find yourself spending less time on the sidelines… and more time doing what you love.

 

With Dr. Phil and the entire team at Forward Health, you’ll discover that you DON’T have to just ‘accept’ the pain or learn to live with it. You have options. There are solutions.

 If you’re suffering from an injury – even if nothing else has helped…
Don’t give up. There Is light at the end of the tunnel.
Together we’ll work to resolve the problem.
Just call 519-826-7973 or info@forwardhealth.ca now to get started.

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