Why choose orthotics from a Chiropodist and more so Cynthia Chan??
Chiropodists including Cynthia Chan train more extensively in the function, bio-mechanics and orthotic manufacturing than any other foot care practitioner; when we make orthotics for you, you know they’ll fit right & benefit you. If for any reason they break or aren't comfortable, we'll make it right (warranty included.) For kids we have an "out-grow" program where we will replace your childs orthotics free of charge. Please request here.
Although you can purchase orthotics from various clinics, keep in mind they are NOT all foot specialists, which are specifically trained in the assessment of "your feet." A Chiropodist is a foot specialist. Would you go to a ear specialist for problems with your heart? This is why many people complain of their custom foot orthotics NOT helping their foot pain, this may very well be because they weren't made correctly for them.
Also because foot orthotics are not regulated devices (no governing body,) anyone can sell them BUT only "some" can make them correctly in a "non weight bearing position" that correctly conforms to the natural shape of your foot. Foam box, upward shaping pins or walking on a mat can give a mis-interpretation of your foot shape because weight will deform the foot as the impression is taken giving you an orthotic shaped for the foot you don't want intstead of your natural foot shape you may of once had. Request an orthotic consultation here.
While you may have purchased orthotics from someone other than a chiropodist or foot specialist, chiropodists are fully trained in the assessment of the foot and the treatment and prevention of diseases, disorders or dysfunctions of the foot by therapeutic, orthotic or palliative means (Chiropody act, 1991.)
Also, in most cases, insurance companies will only recognize prescriptions for orthotics from chiropodists, podiatrists or medical doctors. Hmm.. we wonder why...?
Custom orthotics work well for patients as long as they also wear accommodating shoes. With the right orthotic, a patient can experience less pain or an elimination of pain in their lower legs and joints.
Types of Custom Orthotics
Semi-Rigid Orthotics – These offer protection and control. They are ideal for walking and sports participation and are made up of layers of soft material as well as reinforced with rigid materials.
Rigid Orthotics – These help realign your feet and are used for walking and/or dress shoes. They are made from harder materials, such as plastic or carbon fibers.
Soft Orthotics – These contain protective materials that are accommodating to your feet. They help absorb shock, can improve balance, and are used for arthritic, diabetic or deformed feet.