Holistic Healthcare Centre
2174 Major Mackenzie Drive
Vaughan, ON, L6A 3Y8
(905) 553-9255

Orthotics & Orthopaedic Footwear

Holistic Healthcare centre

Orthotics and Orthopaedic Footwear are used to assist and correct mechanical problems and deformities of the feet and legs. At HHC Centre we offer a complete range of custom prescription orthotic solutions and select orthopaedic footwear, including orthotic sandals.  All of our devices are 100% custom made by top North American Podiatric laboratories. They are expertly fitted and dispensed after a full biomechanical evaluation by Dr. Avram Sussman, a health professional with over 30 years orthotic experience.

 

Your feet are your body’s foundation. They act as an amazingly versatile and complex set of shock absorbers which protect your body with every step.  A biomechanical orthotic is a carefully constructed device that fits into your shoe and controls your foot motions and weight distribution.  Like good eye-correction lenses, the biomechanical orthotic is custom made to meet your specific requirements.

 

Custom Orthotics:

  • Are covered by most extended health care plans
  • Help foot, knee, back pain, fatigue, heel spurs, pressure points, bunions and

callouses

  • Strengthen and stabilize feet, ankles, hips and back, easing pain, fatigue and
  • Help to prevent injuries.  Improves the body’s structural balance and efficiency during walking and sport activities

 

Services Include:

  • Orthotics for every kind of foot and footwear–over 60 different designs, including sandals
  • Sports-specific devices to accommodate the individual requirements of soccer, tennis, skiing, hiking, running, etc.
  • Plaster casting method
  • Special Digital Custom (toe) Orthotics available to stabilize, support and help to alleviate bunions and toe deformities
  • State-of-the art manufacturing, featuring a selection of unitized (one piece) precision-milled orthotics. This technology uses laser-generated computer modeling of impression casts, resulting in highly accurate fit and reproducibility of the orthotics

 

For further information about our foot care products and services, pricing and scheduling, please contact Dr. Sussman at (905)553-9255 ext #3.

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“FEET ON THE BEAT”

A Primer on Foot Orthotics

By Dr. Avram H. Sussman
B.Sc.,D.
C., N.D.

Pity the lowly feet! They are the lowest point in our anatomical structure. Must the feet also be the lowliest in stature? Many people pay thousands of dollars to have their teeth straightened, their face lifted, or other parts suitably modified in order to ease physical deformities and feel good about themselves. Rarely are feet given the same level of care and attention unless, of course, they begin to cause pain or discomfort.

Yet feet are extremely important. They form the base of support for our entire body structure. Through a complex sequence of movements and muscle actions, coordinated with ankles, knees, hips, pelvis, back, and shoulders, they allow us to stand, walk, run, climb, skip or jump. Like the wheels and suspension of a car, the arches of your feet must be able to flex and return to their normal shape to be able to effectively absorb the shock of these activities. If your car’s wheels were out of alignment and you drove over a bumpy road every day without shock absorbers, the jarring and stress would damage many other components of the car. In a similar fashion, the various parts of the body may suffer strain and possible breakdown as a result of problems with your feet.

Many of these problems first appear early in childhood, but are often dismissed as something that they will “grow out of”. Even the untrained eye can detect deformities and imbalances like in-toeing (pigeon-toe) and out-toeing (duck-walk), knock-knees and bow legs, shoes that wear unevenly or excessively, and callouses on the bottoms or sides of feet and toes. As development continues, early symptoms usually begin to develop. Examples include painful points on the foot, corns, bunions, muscle spasms and ankle, knee or leg pain. As the body struggles to adapt to the imbalances, joints can be put out of alignment and muscles, ligaments and tendons can be strained by the excessive forces placed on them. This can eventually lead to wearing of the joints, degenerative arthritis, fallen arches and/or back pain.

Many foot-related problems can be caused or aggravated by wearing shoes that are mechanically “wrong” (e.g. high heels), fit poorly, shoes that do not adequately support the foot structures, or do not flex properly (e.g. some work boots, platforms etc.). Fashion shoes and shoes worn without socks often contribute to foot pain due to lack of cushioning of important pressure points. This is even more significant when considering conditions which would make the feet even more sensitive, like diabetes for example.

What can be done to prevent, alleviate or correct these foot problems?

Biomechanics is the medical science that deals with human motion. Your biomechanically-oriented health professional is equipped to diagnose specific foot or postural problems and determine the best method of treatment. Often, the treatment may include a device known as a biomechanical orthotic.

Biomechanical orthotics are prescription devices which are worn inside your shoe in order to control your foot motions and weight distribution. They are custom-made for your particular requirements, based on a full examination and assessment by your health professional. Beginning with a plaster mold of your feet, the orthotics are constructed via a highly technical, complex process, involving 23 different stages.

Biomechanical orthotics are not arch supports. Arch supports utilize simpler technology which is not aimed at achieving normal biomechanical function. Arch supports may relieve some symptoms, but often leave the causes
untreated, i.e. the imbalances, stresses and distortions that caused the problems in the first place. Orthotic devices, however, work to help eliminate these causes, so that your feet may operate more naturally and efficiently.

For athletes, this can mean better performance, more stamina and fewer injuries. For growing children, orthotics can improve appearance, self-esteem and prevent many painful skeletal problems later in life. Most orthotic users report reduction or elimination of foot and back fatigue, especially if their work involves standing and/or walking.

There are many different types of orthotics. The selection of an orthotic will depend on the age, lifestyle, and level of health, footwear and activity of the wearer. Further customization can be added to the devices in order to accommodate special conditions such as heel spurs, dropped metatarsals, pressure points and provide extra support and cushioning where required.

Biomechanical orthotic devices are a scientific advancement that can profoundly affect quality of life. Soon, perhaps, even the lowly feet will have their day.