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Pedorthics

Pedorthist at Waterloo Sports Medicine

 

What does a pedorthist do?

A pedorthist is an individual who is trained in the assessment, design, manufacture, fit and modification of foot appliances and footwear for the purposes of alleviating painful or debilitating conditions and providing assistance for abnormalities or limited actions of the lower limb.

The pedorthist provides devices and footwear to assist in:

  • Accommodation of foot deformities
  • Re-alignment of anatomical structures
  • Redistribution of external and internal forces
  • Improvement of balance
  • Control of biomechanical function
  • Accommodation of circulatory special requirements
  • Enhancement of the actions of limbs compromised as a result of accident, congenital deformity, neural condition, or disease.

 

Do I need a referral to see a pedorthist at WSM?

No, you don't need a referral to be evaluated by our Pedorthist, but you should check with your health benefits insurance provider before you book, as they often will require a doctor's referral to reimburse you for the cost of your orthotics.

How do I pay for the Pedorthist's services?

All purchases through our Pedorthist are paid privately. Your appointment is included in the purchase price of the orthotics. Our Pedorthist, Michelle, takes cheques, cash, major credit cards, or debit.

How do I prepare for an appointment with the Pedorthist?

If you are new to WSM as a patient for any of our services, you should arrive ten minutes early to have a medical file created. We will ask for a valid Ontario health card to keep on file. Often clinicians at WSM will work as a team and consult one another on your condition. At some point you might be seen by a Sports Medicine Physician which is covered by OHIP.
You will also be asked to fill out a simple form for Michelle's files as well. If you have specific shoes you wish to have fitted with orthotics, you should bring them along. Michelle may have you take off shoes and socks to walk up and down the hall so she can study your gait.

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