Orthopaedic Shoes — How A Chiropodist Can Help
We are able to provide our clients with a full range of orthopaedic footwear: shoes, boots and sandals.
We have many attractive and versatile styles to suit any age, lifestyle and foot condition — orthopaedic shoes are so much better than they used to be.
Many of the styles of shoes can easily accommodate custom orthotics. We can provide specialty sizes, ranging from women’s 5-13, narrow to double extra wide and men’s 7-16, narrow to double extra wide.
Types of Orthopaedic Shoes
We have the following shoes available for order:
- Stock item and off the shelf orthopaedic shoes.
- Custom fit and modified orthotic shoes. We build the orthotic footbed, or other modifications are built right into the shoe.
Custom Foot Clinic Orthopaedic Shoe Suppliers
All of our orthopaedic shoe suppliers have websites where the catalogue of shoes and styles available can be viewed. There are thousands of choices.
To qualify as an orthopaedic shoe for insurance and professional requirements, the shoe:
1) Must be a full shoe with a heel backing (no slides or slingbacks).
2) Must have a remove-able footbed or extra depth to accommodate custom orthotics.
3) If it is an orthopaedic sandal, it must have a removable footbed to accommodate a prescribed orthopaedic insole.
Each insurance company has specific requirements and may have additional parameters which must be met in addition to these. Please ask us for details. We are happy to help!
Orthotic with Shoe Companies
I recommend several Toronto-area companies who offer footwear and orthotic package orders where the shoes and orthotics come custom fit together. Please contact us for more details.
Orthopaedic Shoes Only
These are companies we order from who offer superior quality orthopaedic type footwear. Please note several insurance companies (i.e. Manulife, Great West, Greenshield, Claimsecure to name a few) have in recent years changed shoe policies so that they only cover medical grade orthopaedic shoes that meet specific medical requirements, and require the brand and style codes to be submitted in order to consider if claims are eligible under each plan. They no longer cover many styles that are often found in retail stores (i.e. Clarks, Asics, New Balance, Rockport, etc.).
Please double check your insurance company specific plan requirements and brand or model eligibility for shoe claims. We are happy to answer any questions you have regarding your particular coverage as best as able. If in doubt, it is always best to submit a written estimate to insurance before any claim is made.
Medical Grade Orthopaedic Shoes
I recommend several companies who offer medical grade orthopaedic shoes. We have many attractive styles. Orthopaedic shoes are much better than they used to be.
Important Notes About Orthopaedic Shoes
- Insurance coverage varies widely between policies as well as specific requirements for different levels of orthopaedic shoes.
- Please ask us for details if claiming through health benefits.
I am a registered chiropodist and foot care specialist and have been helping patients for over 20 years.
Are you uncertain about whether you should choose a chiropodist vs. podiatrist? Chiropodists and podiatrists provide the same care. There are 600 registered chiropodists in Ontario and only 60 podiatrists. The College of Chiropodists of Ontario stopped using the name podiatrist in Ontario in 1993, over 26 years ago — but the name is still used in other provinces in Canada, also USA and UK.
Chiropodists today must complete 7 years of post-secondary education. We do complete case management of foot problems, assessing and treating the entire foot and its complications.
Chiropodist Trina Scarrow, BSc, DCh treating a patient with foot pain — for proper foot functioning and overall well-being.
I provide full biomechanical exams and gait analysis — I will be able to help address your foot discomfort by foot care treatment, custom orthotics and orthopaedic shoes, surgery, medication, laser or physical therapy.
Chiropodists and podiatrists are the only regulated health professions who have the ability to prescribe and provide custom orthotics as defined in the Regulated Health Profession Act of Ontario.
I want to help get your feet functioning better so you can feel better.