As a part of our orthotic services in Penticton, we make orthotic devices (or orthoses), which are used to stabilize, correct and/or restore function to impaired limbs and body joints. Our Certified Orthotists are specialists in custom orthotic bracing from head to toe. We have the experience to work with patients of all ages that includes children and patients older than 50 years old, and everyone in between. Orthotics are often recommended for a patient by their physician, physical or occupational therapist or their orthotist. An orthosis is used on either a temporary or permanent basis, depending upon your individual diagnosis. Every consultation begins with a detailed biomechanical assessment that allows us to create a functional orthotic device to suit your need.
You do not necessarily need a referral by your doctor or therapist to book an appointment with us. We have many patients who come to meet with us to discuss their orthotic needs/options first, and then if needed, we will help them secure a prescription from their doctor for their extended medical plan or other fee-paying agency.
Call us today to schedule your no-charge initial assessment.
Our orthotic services are often designed for patients with medical conditions including:
Excessive pronation or supination (flat or high arch feet)
Diabetic or insensate feet
Excessive internal or external rotation of the feet
Leg length discrepancy
Knee Ligament Injuries
Post Stroke or CVA
Charcot Marie Tooth Disease
Common Sports Injuries (knee ligament or meniscal tears, inversion sprains, etc.)
Some of the common orthotic devices we provide are:
Custom-made Foot Orthotics
Diabetic Foot Orthotics
Ankle Foot Orthotics (AFOs)
Knee Ankle Foot Orthotics (KAFOs)
Hip abduction bracing
Cervical spinal orthoses
Wrist Hand Orthoses (WHOs)
Shoe raises and modifications
AFO accommodative footwear
Orthoses Made of Lightweight Thermoplastics
At Action Orthotics & Prosthetics, our mission is to provide you with lightweight, comfortable orthotic devices so you can regain maximum function and independence. Most devices are fabricated from plaster of paris where volumetric casts are made of each patient's affected limb. Orthoses are made of lightweight thermoplastics. However, they can also be made of other high-tech materials, including carbon fiber and titanium. Some orthoses also utilize sophisticated electronics to perform their right functions.
To achieve the right mold, we often hand cast our patients using plaster of paris bandage in a sub-tailor neutral position. Most of our orthoses are fabricated and modified at our on-site lab by the certified orthotist who initially assessed you. This helps ensure a comfortable and functional fit. Contact us now for further information.
Why Do You Need Orthotic Care?
Orthotic care may be required for many reasons. Some of the most common include:
Over pronation (flat feet), pes cavus (high arch feet), diabetic insensate feet and ulceration.
Neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders (stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, etc.)
Fracture and post-operative management (knee replacements, hip replacements, etc.)
Preventative and corrective care (scoliosis, osteoarthritis, etc.)
Sports injuries including ligamentous tears, sprains and strains
Adult orthotic devices are generally not funded by basic B.C. medical unless you are covered under the ministry of persons with disability program or are on social services. Other government programs such as WCB, ICBC, FNHA, and Veterans Affairs often will help fund orthotic devices for eligible persons. Most extended medical benefit plans will also help fund orthotic devices with a prescription from your family doctor. There are also charitable organizations such as The Kinsmen Society and B.C. Rehab, which have helped fund orthotic devices in the past. Our skilled office staff will do their best to help you through this often confusing funding process.