Dr. Ryan Hoetmer is certified in advanced foot biomechanics and orthotic therapy and does fitting for custom orthotics in partnership with The Orthotic Group. To help determine if custom orthotics will work for you Dr. Hoetmer will do a thorough exam, as well as using a computerized Gait Scan, and do a foam casting. To view their website go to www.tog.com.

Custom Orthotic FAQs

What is a custom orthotic?

A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position.  They look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes - they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment.  The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle.  Custom orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole - and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.

Who needs custom orthotics?

The symptoms of poor foot mechanics can include any one of the following:

  • Localized foot pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Bunions, hammer toes
  • Arch/heel pain
  • Leg/knee pain
  • Shin splints
  • Hip or back pain - even neck pain

People who work on their feet for extended periods of time, especially on hard or concrete floors benefit significantly from custom orthotics.

Will my work benefits cover the cost?

Employees of Teck and companies that contract to Teck generally have coverage for custom orthotics in their benefit package.  If you have any questions or concerns about this, call or email our office and our receptionists will be glad to help you find out!

Call (250) 425-6330 or email us at sparwoodchiropractic@shaw.ca