Orthotics and you

By: Jagdeep Takhar, Chiropodist, Sep 05, 2012
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Orthotics and you | The Foot Clinic Brampton

Is there a difference between custom orthotics and store bought orthotics?

What you need to know about orthotics.

Foot deformities may require re- alignment which is best attained by using specialized devices in the shoes known as Orthotic devices. These prescription devices are made with using 3D volumetric laser scanners and impressions in plaster cast. The foot care professionals ensure a meticulous workup to accurately evaluate your foot type, gait, level of activity and even footwear used to arrive at customized solutions.

In Ontario, chiropodists / podiatrists are the only regulated primary health care professionals that are able to prescribe, manufacture and dispense foot orthotics.

What Is the Difference between Custom Moulded Orthotics and Store Bought Devices (insoles)?

Foot supports, insoles and arch supports are devices which are bought from the store and not true foot orthotics, and thus they are not reimbursed by insurance companies.

On the contrary true orthotic devices are customized and prepared after an in – house evaluation using the modality of 3D volumetric laser scanner and plaster cast impressions.

Jagdeep completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto in Human Anatomy and Biology. She then proceeded to complete a graduate program in chiropody at the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences.

Jagdeep is a Chiropodist licensed by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario. In addition, she is a member of the Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC) and Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM). Her participation in these organizations has allowed her to expand her chiropodial/podiatric medicine knowledge through continuing education courses and forming community partnerships with health professionals. 

Jagdeep offers a full range of chiropodial/podiatric treatments with areas of expertise in diabetic foot care, biomechanics including custom foot orthotics, and soft tissue surgery at The Foot Clinic in Brampton, Ontario

You can also visit her website here