Custom made orthotics are an orthopedic device used to assist a variety of conditions related to the feet, lower limbs and spine. Dr. MacDonald uses foam casting combined with information from the initial assessment as the method for creating a truly custom orthotic for each individual. There are over 50 modifications that can be used to accommodate each person’s individual needs.
During your initial visit, Dr. MacDonald will perform an thorough intake which is comprised of a detailed history and examination. Components of the examination will include posture, gait analysis, biomechanical, orthopedic and neurological assessment. After this is completed, you can expect a full diagnosis and plan of management.
Custom orthotics help with proper alignment of the body. From the foot, ankle, knee, hips and spine, they control the amount of stress and pressure that goes through the foot to evenly distribute, which will help stabilize conditions and injuries. They also provide a proprioceptive function which allows the foot to know where it is in space (your surroundings).
Once the assessment is complete, your orthotics will be sent away to be made. The turn around time for this process is approximately 2 weeks depending on the time of the year. Once the orthotics arrive, there will be an assessment to make sure that the orthotics fit properly and corrections have been made appropriately. How to care and wear the custom orthotics will be discussed at this time.
The break in period for your orthotics is approximately 45 days, after this time adjustments can be made if necessary to the orthotics so that they suit your needs.
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