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 Kate (Registered Physiotherapist)
Kate completed her Master of Physical Therapy degree at the University of British Columbia. She has since obtained additional training and certifications in intramuscular stimulation (IMS), women’s health, and pelvic floor. Kate has also obtained her Orthopaedic level 1 certification from the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapy (CAMPT), completed a personal training certification course, and the Mulligan Concept Lower Quadrant course focused on mobilization with movement.
As a clinician, Kate is focused on setting functional, client-centered goals and uses a combination of manual therapy, biofeedback, intramuscular stimulation (needling), and exercise-based therapy in her treatment. She has experience working in women’s health, specifically with pre and post natal clients and athletes for incontinence, coccydinia and prolapse. Kate is also experienced in treating musculoskeletal injuries, neurological conditions, and chronic pain.
Outside of work Kate loves to stay active with a balance of running, yoga, and weight training. She loves incorporating yoga and mindfulness techniques into her treatment sessions. Having rehabilitated from multiple running injuries and a back injury over the past decade, she has personal experience rehabilitating from orthopaedic injuries and finds this extremely valuable in understanding clients, function, and pain.
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.