Your initial assessment consists of a complete history of your injury or concerns, a biomechanical assessment of the lower limbs and a biomechanical gait analysis. A biomechanical assessment is a series of motion and muscle strength tests, along with certain minimum range of motion in order for you to walk; when these minimum range of motions are not met, this can be a contributing factor in you injury.
A biomechanical gait analysis is also preformed, which allows Shannon to determine if there are any dysfunctions during walking that can result in compensations, and a 3D-cast of your foot will be used to fabricate your device. Shannon uses a fabrication lab in Southern Ontario to fabricate your devices so that she can easily visit and communicate with the lab staff to ensure your orthotics are made to her specifications.
As a Canadian certified Pedorthist, Shannon is a member of the Pedorthic Association of Canada www.pedorthic.ca and the College of Pedorthics of Canada. She will provide you with the appropriate paperwork for you to submit to your extended health benefits. This can include a biomechanical gait analysis report which includes casting technique and raw material used, a lab invoice and lab order.
The next step is to fit your orthotics into your shoe. Bringing the shoes you wear for work and exercise allows Shannon to fit your new orthotics properly to your footwear. Your orthotics and shoes should compliment each other and work together to give you the best support and function.
If you find that you are experiencing new pain, an increase in current pain, or other oddities (such as blisters) please contact Shannon's office and arrange an adjustment appointment. She wants to be certain that you are able to use your new custom foot orthotics in every aspect of your weight bearing life. Shannon also wants to ensure you are doing better and you pain symptoms are resolving.