Align Health and Wellness: Pedorthist

Pedorthists in Calgary, Alberta
Canadian Certified Pedorthists are orthotic and footwear experts. Pedorthists (C. Ped (C)) are one of the few healthcare professionals trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy and biomechanics.

With specialized education and training in the design, manufacture, fit and modification of foot orthotics and footwear, Pedorthists help to alleviate pain, abnormalities and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs and feet that if left untreated could result in limited mobility.

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Pedorthist working on a foot
What to expect on your first visit
During your first visit with us, you will be required to fill out an intake form. This form provides pertinent information for your visit.

Your initial appointment will usually last 45 min. The time allotted is for a full biomechanical and gait analysis. This entails an examination of the foot and leg alignment, range of motion testing, skeletal alignment, functional testing and a shoe evaluation. At the end of the assessment a treatment plan is discussed.

If you have insurance please check with the provider to see if you require a prescription/referral from a medical doctor. You do not need one to be assessed however if your insurance requires one it is best to know before.

We will need to look at your legs from the knees down. A pair of shorts would work the best or pants that can be rolled up past the knees. Skirts and dresses are not optimal.

Please note that Alberta Health Care does not cover the cost of custom foot orthoses. It’s your responsibility to cover the cost and investigate any extended coverage you may have. We will provide the necessary documentation for extended health care claims.

If you decide to have the orthoses made, a deposit of half is required prior to having them manufactured. We accept cash, cheques, direct withdrawals, VISA and MasterCard. Should you decide not to proceed with custom foot orthoses or your assessment determines that it is not warranted, an assessment fee will be charged at the end of the appointment.

Your orthoses will be ready for pick up in approximately 2-3 weeks, a second appointment will be booked to dispense your orthoses.

What to expect on your second visit
Your second appointment to dispense the orthoses will be booked for 30 minutes.

You will need to bring the footwear that the orthotics will go into. Remember that one orthotic does not fit into every shoe.

You and your pedorthist would have discussed what style of orthotic would work best for you.

The orthotic will be trimmed and put into your footwear for you to try. The orthotic may feel strange or different at first but as long as it is not uncomfortable we will let you go and try it. A follow up visit will be booked for one month after the dispensing of the orthoses but if there are any problems before that appointment please schedule an appointment prior to the follow up appointment.

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