Your health, from the ground UP! They say, “a picture is worth 1000 words”. That is why Dr. Gerber uses the most advanced technology to assess and diagnose her patients’ foot function in her Scarborough (Toronto) clinic. A computerized gait analysis allows her to see and record timing sequences during gait (walking or running). Using thousands of tiny sensors in the pressure plate, a clear multi-dimensional picture of your foot mechanics is captured. This will help her to determine whether you would benefit from wearing custom made foot orthotics or orthotic shoes.
This computerized technology is an excellent tool for showing you how your feet are functioning. A review of your gait, and how normal gait can be altered, helps you to understand the benefits of correction. The information gathered here is combined with results from a thorough postural assessment, visual and mechanical inspection of your feet and how you walk, and history taking of signs and symptoms of dysfunction. A foam cast impression of your feet in corrected neutral position is then used in combination with gait analysis to create a custom and comfortable fit. Conditions for which orthotics are prescribed include over-pronation, plantar fasciitis, bunions, flat feet (low arches), high arches, supination, hallux valgus, heel spurs, shin splints, ankle pain, running injuries, repetitive strain, knee pain (patello-femoral syndrome), IT band (ilio-tibial band), hip pain, piriformis syndrome, back pain, headaches (your feet are your foundation) and arthritis.
Prescription orthotics are devices worn in your shoes that provide correction to your feet, helping them to function more efficiently and with less strain. They can also help relieve pain by realigning and stabilizing the bones in your feet, restoring your natural walking pattern. Poor foot function and alignment can contribute to foot pain, knee pain and dysfunction, hip symptoms and spinal pain. Your feet are your biomechanical foundation and for that reason can play a big role in your health.
Dr. Gerber has heard about patients being prescribed orthotics that do not fit comfortably into their shoes. They are subsequently ineffective as patients leave them at the bottom of their closet! Not every orthotic is the same. There are many styles, additions and modifications that can be made to your “one of a kind” custom orthotics that provide you with a truly remarkable and effective treatment device. Information about what types of shoes you wear, level of activity, job description and lifestyle will all go into creating a comfortable and corrective fit!