Custom Foot Orthotics
Dr. Badyal has received advanced training in the assessment and prescription of custom foot orthotics. At our office we follow a detailed 5-step process in the proper assessment and prescription of orthotic devices. This process ensures that the fine balance between biomechanical foot correction, shock absorption and of course patient comfort is achieved making not only your feet feel better but also your whole body.
About Dr. Badyal
Dr. Raminder Badyal (Vancouver Chiropractor and Founder of the Downtown Wellness Centre) vision of a multi-disciplinary health care clinic in the heart of Vancouver has evolved into a Wellness Centre that provides excellence in the provision of specialized health services by specialized doctors and practitioners including: chiropractic care, naturopathic medicine, registered massage therapy, acupuncture, clinical counseling, nutritional counseling, life coaching, personal training, kinesiology, custom prescription foot orthotics, prescription compression socks and infra red sauna therapy.
Our first priority is to deliver the highest quality professional health care to our patients within our centre’s welcoming and relaxed setting. The goal of our doctors and therapists is to foster a wonderful working relationship with our patients so that we can meet and exceed their health care goals. Every effort is and will be made by our staff to meet the needs of each of our patients. Please help us improve the health of our community by encouraging friends and family to choose the natural approach to health and wellness.
Custom Foot Orthotics
Your Feet and The Rest Of Your Body
It’s important to understand your feet have direct impact on the rest of your body and support you with each step. A small abnormality in foot function can have a large impact on joints higher up in the body, causing pain and discomfort.
When you are running, the pressure on your feet can be three or four times your body weight. Even walking can produce more pressure than the sum of your body weight. The American Podiatric Medical Association says that the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. That adds up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime or more than four times the circumference of the globe. That is a lot of walking with ill-fitting shoes or painful feet!!
In some cases foot ailments can be an early signal of more serious medical problems like arthritis or diabetes. Women have four times as many foot problems as men because they have a long history of wearing high heels and/or pointy toe shoes. Orthotics and proper shoe fit are very important aspects of foot health. Remember if you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your ankles, knees or hip joints ….the direct cause may be the function of your feet or ill-fitting shoes.
Upon arrival of a patient at our office with an indication for prescription foot orthotics or footwear
Step 1 – The History
A clinical history of the patient is conducted to take into account all health and lifestyle factors that may be contributing to the complaint. The history is designed to gain an understanding of the patient/the patients’ condition and is an essential prelude in guiding a comprehensive examination. In addition the practitioner should also investigate and take into account patient body type, patient activity and patient shoe type.
Step 2 – Non Weight- Bearing Examination
The initial foot examination first in a non- weight bearing position will allow the practitioner to assess: the overall condition of the superficial areas of the feet (ie. caluses, bunions, plantar warts etc.), the integrity of the arches of the foot in the non weight-bearing position, and the non weight bearing ranges of motion of the joints of the foot and ankle.
Step 3 – Weight Bearing Examination
This part of the exam allows the practitioner to assess the patient while standing and while in the different phases of the gait (walking) cycle. Foot and body biomechanics are assessed as they pertain to the patient’s complaint. It is during this part of the examination that the practitioner is able to observe the biomechanical patterns that develop while the patient is on their feet and correlate them to how they are contributing to the patient’s complaint.
Step 4- Impression
A casting of the patient’s foot in a neutral, non weight-bearing position supported by 3 D digital scan of the foot while in its normal gait (walking) phase will be taken.
Step 5 – Integration
The findings in the first 4 phases of the Process are integrated by the practitioner and sent to the lab to produce a custom foot orthotic to the individual specifications of the patient. Once produced the patient is fitted and reassessed with the foot orthotics Patient education as to the proper use of the devices and any other pertinent body/foot home care advice is explained to the patient to achieve the best results in the treatment of their condition.
Ask Dr. Badyal
Educating patients about foot care is an important part of our business. After all, your feet are at the very base of your physical structure. When people have questions about their health, they generally turn to their Dr. for answers. If you have any questions with respect to any service at the Downtown Wellness Centre including Foot Orthotics, please email Dr. Badyal (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can reach him by telephone at 604.687.5712 extension 1.