What Is A Custom Orthotic?
Custom orthotics are devices designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look just like insoles but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom designed to correct your specific foot imbalances. Custom orthotics work on your feet in a similar way that glasses work on your eyes. Orthotics reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment.
The body of the custom orthotic is made of plastic, and it helps to re-align the foot by reducing and redirecting certain motions that take place during the gait (walking) cycle. Custom orthotics are specially designed to fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole. They have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.
Orthotics help to ensure the correct positioning of the bones in the feet, ankles, and knees. Orthotics can help with such issues as:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Patellofemoral knee pain
- Knee/ankle arthritis
- Heel spurs
- Achilles tendonopathy
- Lower back pain
About Chris (MPT, Registered Physiotherapist)
Chris completed both his Master’s degree in Physiotherapy and his Bachelor degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia. Chris has experience with a wide variety of clients and patient populations. Chris has completed his intermediate level 3 with the Canadian Association of Manipulative Physical Therapy (CAMPT) and an accreditation to perform intramuscular stimulation (IMS).
Chris is currently involved with the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program and has vast experience with coaching, managing, and playing soccer and ice hockey at all levels. Chris has an interest in working with athletes in all capacities, from the weekend warriors and recreational athletes, to varsity and elite athletes. Chris’ treatment focuses on manual techniques, IMS, and rehabilitation through strengthening and exercise programs.
Chris is currently pursuing advanced training in his orthopaedic levels with the goal to become a fellow of the Canadian Association of Manipulative Physical Therapy (fCAMPT) and is building sports physiotherapy experience with the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program. He is also committed to keeping current with modern empirical evidence and continuing education in the orthopaedic and sports fields.
Chris’ hobbies and interests include playing all sorts of recreational team sports, most notably hockey and soccer, while he also has a love for cycling. Chris recently completed the Granfondo for the second year, raising money for the BC heart and lung association and showing his commitment to the community while pursuing a healthy, active lifestyle.
About Asifa (Registered Physiotherapist)
BSc., BSc.PT, CAFCI
Asifa graduated with a Bachelor degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario (1998) after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Simon Fraser University (1995).
Asifa is committed to pursuing the highest levels of post-graduate education; She has taken advanced training in Orthopedic and Manual Manipulative Therapy, is certified in FDN (Functional Dry Needling), and has completed her Certificate of Anatomical Acupuncture (CAFCI) from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada (2014). She has also taken advanced courses in the Rehabilitation Stream of STOTT Pilates (STOTT Pilates RMR1&2 Lumbar & Shoulder Stabilization on Mat & Reformer). Asifa is trained in foot and gait analysis and is a Certified Provider of Custom Orthotics. She has been a member of The Canadian Physiotherapy Association for 19 years and has also worked with the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators and an examiner for the National Physiotherapy Licensing Exam.
Over the past 19 years, Asifa has developed a broad base of assessment and treatment skills. She takes a hands-on approach, and prides herself on her ability to listen to each of her client’s goals and implement them in an individualized treatment program. Her treatment plans consist of a combination of joint mobilizations, soft tissue techniques, medical acupuncture, exercise prescription, taping, and various modalities (laser, ultrasound, electrical stimulation) as needed. She encourages her clients to take ownership of their recovery, empowering them with an understanding of their injury and promoting an active involvement in their return to activity and function.
Outside of work, Asifa practices what she preaches. She stays active by hiking the north shore trails, walking the sea wall, and practicing yoga and pilates. These days, however, most of her activity comes from keeping up with her three young children.
Custom orthotics are often covered (if not in full, at least partially), by many extended health plans. Please check into your personal plan. Avita direct bills most extended health plans, to make accessibility easier.
If you have an approved claim, you will be charged a user fee (ICBC will cover the remainder). Prior to your initial appointment, you MUST provide your claim number, adjuster’s information (name and phone number), BC Carecard, and your doctor’s referral. Failure to provide this information will result in the patient paying the standard private rate for the appointment.