Custom Orthotics are devices designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position.


About custom orthotics

Customized foot orthotics are becoming more popular in the treatment of biomechanical foot anomalies, which lead to an array of orthopedic and painful conditions. Specifically designed removable “foot beds” assist to restore normal walking and decrease pain of the back and lower extremities associated with poor foot biomechanicals. It is ideal for our patients experiencing pain with walking, running, sporting activities, and work which demands long periods of standing.

Footmaxx Techniques
The Footmaxx system is a revolutionary, evidence-based orthotic prescription and fabrication system. A computerized force plate with over 960 electronic sensors captures the motion and timing of the foot throughout the gait cycle. The data is instantaneously analyzed by the computer to produce a 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional graphic image of the plantar foot pressure. The information is downloaded to the orthotic fabrication lab and fed into a sophisticated diagnostic software program. The outcome is a specific prescription for the custom orthotics and comprehensive gait and pressure analysis. The system is dynamic in nature, capturing the plantar foot pressure during gait from heel strike to push-off. This in turn allows for biomechanical correction and accommodation of most foot architectures and walking styles.

Benefits
Footmaxx orthotics are lightweight, durable, and come in a variety of styles to fit easily into most footwear ranging from dress shoes to hockey skates. The Footmaxx system is exceptionally efficient in providing a customized orthotic, often within 10 days of examination. Footmaxx offers a 30-day money-back guarantee from date of scan. Orthotics accommodate existing foot deformities, offer superior motion control and support, provide biomechanical correction, and allow for shock absorption where needed.

Conditions Treated
The list is extensive and may include common conditions like arthritis, plantar fasciitis, hallux valgus, pes planus pes cavus, abnormal pronation and supination, plantar spurs, ligament sprains, Achilles and posterior tibial tendonitis, shin splints, metatarsalgia and strains, to mention a few. Conditions affecting the knee, such as patellofemoral syndrome, and higher up the kinetic chain, including lower back pain, can also be improved with customized orthotics. Diabetic patients can also benefit prophylactically to reduce any identified high-pressure areas on the plantar foot, which can over time lead to skin deterioration, breakdown and possible ulceration.

Coverage
Most custom-made orthotic foot inserts are not covered by Manitoba Health, but are covered through private insurances. DVA, WCB, MPI and non-insured health benefits for First Nations individuals are other sources for insurance coverage on an individual basis.