Are you experiencing foot, knee or back pain?
Given that the average person walks more than 1,600 kilometres a year and that 25% of our bones are in our feet, it’s not surprising that 70% of people experience foot issues at some point in their lives.
Fortunately for those individuals, in most cases it’s possible to avoid medication, treatment and surgery thanks to custom-made foot orthotics and well-fitted shoes.
Why wait? Call today to set up an appointment and let a certified expert find an orthopedic solution that meets your needs.
Common Foot Issues
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition caused by excessive pressure on the plantar fascia, the fibrous envelope of the tendon that forms the arch of the foot and supports and protects the tendon of the sole. The pain, usually felt under the heel and more intensely at the beginning of the day, can also occur after a prolonged period of physical activity. Obesity, weight gain, prolonged walking or standing on hard surfaces, shoes with little or no arch support, as well as inactivity are all causes associated with the condition.
(Pain in the ball of your foot)
Metatarsalgia is a common foot problem that can affect both bones and joints in the ball of your foot.
(Pain in the ball of your foot)
Morton’s Neuroma is a common foot problem associated with pain and swelling or inflammation of a nerve, often in the ball of your foot. Symptoms include severe pain, a burning sensation and even insensitivity in the affected area. Morton’s neuroma can also cause numbness, tingling and cramping in the forefoot.
(a form of arthritis)
There are several forms of arthritis or arthritic conditions that can affect the joints of the foot and leg. All these conditions cause pain and inflammation and limit movement in the joints. The most common conditions are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and gout.
Bunions (prominent bumps inside the foot at the big toe joint) are one of the most common forefoot problems. The bumps are actually bones that turn inwards. In general, the pain associated with the problem causes patients to change the way they walk.
Pes cavus is characterized by a strongly accentuated curvature of the arch compared to a normal foot. Less of the foot touches the ground for support as a result.
Flat feet are a physical condition characterized by fallen arches and little or no spring to the step when walking.
(Open wounds on the ball of the foot)
Foot ulcers are disabling complications commonly seen in diabetic patients. Given their lack of sensitivity to pain, patients lose the natural reflex to protect themselves from dangers that normally cause pain or discomfort.
Do I need a prescription for orthotics?
Prescriptions are normally not required for treating minor pains and aches, but they are needed for conditions affecting the feet, such as arthritis, diabetes or poor blood circulation.
How do I go about getting orthotics?
Contact your local MPC Footech representative for a full biomechanical assessment of your walking. He or she will take an imprint of your feet. Orthotics will then be prepared and adjusted to fit the appropriate footwear.
Does my insurance cover custom-made orthotics and shoes?
Custom-made orthotics, appropriate footwear and modifications are usually covered. Some patients, however, may only be entitled to a partial reimbursement for prescribed shoes and orthotics.
What is a certified foot pedorthist?
A certified foot pedorthist is part of an integrated team of health specialists that work to maintain a high degree of mobility among clients. Foot pedorthists specialize in the design and preparation of foot orthotics and the modification of shoes, as well as the biomechanics, physiology and anatomy of the lower limbs.
How much do the services cost?
When provided at the onset of a foot problem, care can relieve pain. The cost of a certified foot pedorthist’s services depends on the modifications and preparation of the orthotics and personalized footwear.