Kick Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine Inc. specializes in custom orthotic fitting and sport orthotics, individually molded to the support requirements of your feet. We are proud to be offering custom orthotic fitting in the communities of Maple, Woodbridge, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Oak Ridges, King City, Thornhill, Kleinberg and Toronto.
We fabricate prescription orthotics using state-of-the-art materials in both the orthotic insert and the customized topcover. We design efficient, comfortable prescription orthotics that are a pleasure to wear as they gently reduce strain associated with pressure points, muscle tension and abnormal forces on the ankles, knees, hips and spine. Custom orthotics are fabricated using 100% memory thermoplastic, available in 1mm, 2mm, 3mm and 3.5mm thicknesses. This semi-rigid material is so durable that we are able to stand behind a lifetime warranty against cracking and/or breakage.
How should my orthotics be made?
Currently, there are three common methods used to make orthotic devices: GaitScan (or force plate), foam box impressions and plaster cast (the "gold standard" to orthotic fitting). At Kick PSM, we use plaster cast exclusively.
Foot structure and function can vary tremendously from person to person, so a true custom orthotic is the ideal insert.
The GaitScan is a new technology which (as a force plate) involves walking over a pressure-sensitive plate, which scans the foot in two dimensions while weight bearing. The digital information is then used to modify pre-fabricated orthotic inserts to fit your foot. This method is not ideal, since it is using two dimensional information to create three-dimensional insert. This method requires minimal training from the practitioner dispensing your orthotic and therefore is not recommended. The GaitScan should ideally be used in conjunction with a plaster cast method in order to capture the best information to design your orthotic.
The foam box impression method is used by many ill-trained health care professionals to make your custom orthotics. With this method, the client steps into a foam box, in order to take an impression of the foot. The foam box impression is then used to manufacture the custom orthotic device. This method is still less than ideal in terms of accuracy, since the foot is pressed into the foam box, thereby already putting your foot into a weight-bearing position. As the research shows, proper custom orthotics should be measured with the foot in a non-weightbearing position. For this reason, at Kick PSM we strongly encourage that you DO NOT use the foam impression method.
The plaster cast method has been proven with great research to be the most accurate method for designing orthotics. With this method, a plaster cast of your foot is taken while lying down, so that no weight (or ground reaction force) is exerted through your feet during the process. Your feet are placed in a 'neutral position' (the foot position most ideal to be in) while the plaster hardens and dries. This enables the cast to most accurately represent your ideal foot position, and the orthotic is then manufactured from this plaster impression. Specific measurements are also taken to make modifications to your orthotic based on your specific foot type and function. Virtually all podiatrists use the plaster cast method due to the superior features and accuracy of this process.
At Kick, we take special care in fitting and designing a custom insert specific to your foot type, shoewear, biomechanics, body type, injury, activity and lifestyle. Our competitive advantage is that we understand the functional requirements of your sport or daily activity.
The Kick Line of Sport Specific Orthotics
The Runflex orthotic is specially engineered for the high performance runner/court player. The unique design of this orthotic allows for increased shock absorption and greater directional control for athletes on the run. Best Suited For: Athletes who require superior shock absorption during running activities.
A generic sport orthotic designed to fit ice skates or figure skates. Each Skateflex is cut perfectly to fit into the athletes skate, increasing the comfort of their feet during their time on the ice. Best Suited For: Hockey players or figure skaters that need an orthotic for their skates.
An orthotic for women who require support in their narrow high heel pump shoes or in their dance shoes. Best Suited For: Women wearing high heel shoes or pumps.
The EagleFlex is a suitable orthotic for golfers who require biomechanical balance during their golf swing, as well as comfort and support while walking the golf course. Best Suited For: Golfers who require support in their shoes while on the course.
A sport enhancing orthotic designed for the avid skier. The Skiflex ensures greater control while on the slopes or on the trails. Best Suited For: Downhill or cross country skiers that require extra support in their ski boots.
A generic sport orthotic for athletes and other active patients who require increased biomechanical control while on their feet. This orthotic is designed to prevent sport or workplace related injuries by protectin against pressure and impact shock. Best Suited For: Patients involved in moderate impact activities at play or work who require support in their athletic shoes or work boots.