My name is Shannon Bunnett and I have been a Pedorthist for over 16 years! I love my job because I get to help my patients feel better so that they can be active and pain-free at work.
I enjoy the challenge of trying to figure out why you have your injury, if it is somehow linked to your gait biomechanics (how your body moves when walking) or possible joint malalignment. If your joints are out of alignment, then the muscles and tendons have more stress than they can tolerate when you are standing and walking and an injury occurs. Pain is our body’s way of telling us there is something wrong that needs attention and, therefore, it is my job to help determine which treatment options can be considered to get you feeling better.
There are many individuals who may provide custom foot orthotics, however, I put the needs of my patients first and I maintain a high level of care. I provide footwear education on fit and features, which are vital to my practice. I work with local shoe stores to ensure that my patients have a variety of appropriate footwear to choose from. A follow up appointment is booked to ensure that the orthotics are comfortable and helping my patients feel better and that any new footwear fits appropriately. Pedorthic reports are sent to all referring professionals to maintain communication between myself and the health care providers of my patients.
I am your stepping stone to better health!
Your First Appointment
What to expect at your initial assessment
Not everyone requires custom foot orthotics, however, we all require good footwear and support. During the assessment I can help figure out which kind of support can be helpful and make shoe recommendations as well as cast you if we decide together that a custom foot orthotic is beneficial. I will also offer advice on stretching, and recommend other healthcare professionals who can help you get better faster.
Components that are included in your initial assessment:
- Complete history of your injury/concerns
- Biomechanical Assessment of the lower limb
A series of motion and muscle strength tests, along with checking joint position and a flexibility evaluation. The joints of the foot must meet a certain minimum range of motion in order for you to walk; when this minimum range of motion is not met, it can be a contributing factor in your injury.
- Biomechanical Gait Assessment
A biomechanical gait assessment allows Shannon to determine if there are any dysfunctions during walking that can result in compensations and pain, in which case Pedorthic intervention can be beneficial. Pedorthic intervention consists of custom made food orthotics, and/or appropriately fitting footwear, and/or external footwear modifications.