Who needs custom orthotics?
- Do you have foot or heel pain? Do you have flat feet?
- Do you difficulty with prolonged periods of standing or walking?
- Do you suffer from chronic knee or low back pain? Do you have knee or hip arthritis?
- Are nagging injuries keeping you from running or jogging?
- Do you suffer from plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis, shin splints or IT Band syndrome?
If you said yes to any of the above, you may be an excellent candidate for custom orthotics. These customized shoe insoles is a medical appliance that corrects faulty foot & ankle alignment, reducing pain and inflammation in the foot, knee, hip and low back. Dr. Ho’s patients have reported remarkable relief for injuries associated with running and with those who are required to stand / walk for prolonged periods at work.
How do I select the right Orthotic for me?
Custom orthotics comes in many types and may be selected based on your activity level and your diagnosis. After a detailed consultation, Dr. Ho will recommend which type of custom orthotic is best suited for you.
Can custom orthotics be worn in sandals?
No, custom orthotics should not be placed in sandals or any shoe that does not cover your heel including most women’s summer dress shoes. As an alternative, sandals with a customized foot bed offering the same support as custom orthotics are available. This is often covered by most extended health insurance plans under the ‘Orthopaedic Shoes’ category.
When Should I replace my orthotics?
Custom Orthotics is made to last approximately 1-2 years. However, it largely depends on the how heavily you use your orthotics. You will find that orthotics will need replacement faster if you wear them for sports or you wear them at work where prolonged walking or standing is required. Orthotics will also wear down quicker if you weigh over 200 pounds. Orthotics should be brought in for inspection annually and if new or old foot / leg symptoms appear. They should also be checked for signs of wear and tear such as thinning, peeling or cracking of the material. These are signs that your orthotic may be losing its effectiveness and may need replacement.
How much does Orthotics Cost?
The price range for Custom Orthotics varies depending on the type of orthotic selected. Typically they cost between $400-500. At the time of ordering, a $100 deposit is required and the remaining balance is paid when the orthotics are ready for pick-up.
Are Orthotics covered by my Insurance plan?
Most extended health insurance plans do cover Custom Orthotics. However, all clients are strongly encouraged to review your policy and / or call your insurance provider to verify how much coverage you have and what terms and conditions apply. Most policies require a medical prescription from your family physician.
What should I ask my insurance company regarding Orthotics coverage?
1. Are you covered for custom foot orthotics and how much is covered per claim?
2. Is a prescription required from a medical doctor or will they accept one from a Chiropractor?
3. Can a Chiropractor dispense the orthotics?
4. What additional documentation is required when submitting a claim?