At PhysioPlus Health Group we offer a wide variety of braces, both custom made and off-the-shelf, to treat a range of injuries and conditions:
Is the cost of the braces covered by my insurance plan?
Most insurance plans will cover the cost of many of these kinds of braces. For custom made braces we can provide you with a written estimate which you can submit to your insurance company for approval prior to ordering the brace. Please call your insurance company to confirm your specific coverage for custom made and off-the-shelf braces.
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
- You do not need a referral in order to be assessed and fitted for braces. Your insurance company, however, may require a referral from a medical doctor in order for you to be reimbursed. Your family doctor can provide you with a referral, or you can book an appointment with one of our physicians (these appointments are covered by OHIP).
- If you are unsure whether you would benefit from a brace, you can book an appointment with our sports medicine physician for an assessment (which is also covered by OHIP).
How long will it take to make my brace?
Fitting for braces is done onsite and can be done on the same day as your initial assessment if desired. Once fitted and ordered, the brace will be ready in 1-7 days (depending on the brace you require). For those without a confirmed diagnosis, tests such as x-ray or MRI may have to be ordered prior to fitting to determine the optimal custom brace prescription.
Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body and support you with each step. A small abnormality in foot function can have a large impact on joints higher up in the body, causing pain and discomfort.
When you are running, the pressure on your feet can be three or four times your body weight. Even walking can produce more pressure than the sum of your body weight. The American Podiatric Medical Association says that the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. That adds up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime or more than four times the circumference of the globe. That is a lot of walking with ill-fitting shoes or painful feet!!
Women have four times as many foot problems as men because they have a long history of wearing high heels and/or pointy toe shoes.
Common conditions treated with foot orthotics include:
- Excessive Foot Pronation (flat-feet)
- Foot Pain and Fatigue
- Leg Pain and Fatigue
- Knee Pain
- Back Pain
- Sports Injuries
Orthotics and proper shoe fit can help reduce foot, knee, hip and back pain.
“Remember if you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your ankles, knees or hip joints… the direct cause may be the function of your feet or ill-fitting shoes.”
Call us to see if orthotics can help you at (416) 760-8280