Are there are some signs or clues that I might need custom foot
- 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
- 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).
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
- Children’s shoes (ages 5 to 12)
- Golf shoes
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: email@example.com
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.
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,
- The casting kit or digital scan is sent to the Atlas Orthotic Lab (http://atlasorthoticlab.com/).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 $525 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 $425.00 in total. There is a $75.00 examination fee for the initial Consultation and Examination
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