Custom Foot Orthotics Kitchener, Waterloo & Elmira, ON

Custom Foot Orthotics (Kimberly Rau & Associates)

For over 25 years, Kimberly Rau & Associates has partnered with SOS Physiotherapy to provide custom made foot orthotics in Kitchener, Waterloo and the surrounding area. We understand that our patients and the physicians we work with depend on complementary health care professionals who are qualified, competent, honest and ethical. Kimberly Rau & Associates team of Canadian Certified Pedorthists is committed to these standards, and is passionate about what they do!.

Our pedorthists have Kinesiology degrees and as Canadian Certified Pedorthists have specialized education in the assessment, design, manufacture, fit and modification of foot orthotics. In addition, extensive training of footwear design, features, fit, function and modification is exclusive to our profession. We are members of The College of Pedorthics of Canada, The Pedorthic Association of Canada and The Ontario Kinesiology Association.

Exceptional Pedorthic Services at SOS Physiotherapy include:

  • Comprehensive personalized assessment
  • High-quality, individualized custom-made foot orthotics
  • Detailed biomechanical gait analysis
  • Specialized training & expertise in orthotic fabrication
  • Immediate onsite orthotic modification
  • Thorough footwear evaluation, education and modification

Because each patient is unique, we provide a thorough assessment to truly get to know an individual and their needs to provide recommendations that fit their lifestyle, work requirements and physical condition. To maximize the effectiveness of our treatment and products and provide comprehensive care, we work in conjunction with trusted health professionals including physiotherapists, massage therapists, chiropractors and physicians. Our team of Canadian Certified Pedorthists, led by Kimberly Rau, is dedicated to educating patients and an interactive patient relationship. We are committed to professional development and the quality of Pedorthic care across Canada, serving as a training facility for future Pedorthists and maintaining a high level of involvement with the Pedorthic Association of Canada.
Kimberly Rau & Associates takes pride in being excellent patient care partners and providers and would welcome the opportunity to provide you with exceptional service!

What are the Causes of Foot Pain?

Problems with your feet can be caused by several conditions directly related to the feet. General ailments and diseases that affect the body as a whole can also lead to foot pain. The following are several examples of conditions or diseases that can be the cause of foot pain. These conditions can all be treated with physiotherapy.

  • Plantar Fasciitis – This is a painful condition along the sole of the foot; and in particular, the area that connects the heel bone to the toes. This is due to thick tissues along the bottom of the feet becoming tightened or inflamed. Pain can occur in the heel or the arch of the foot. It can be caused by obesity, age, and standing for long periods of time on your feet.
  • Heel Spurs – This is a bony protrusion on the heel that is usually made of some sort of calcium build-up. While the actual spurs are not painful they can poke the tissues in the heel and potentially cause severe pain. Many of the same risk factors that cause plantar fasciitis can also cause heel spurs.
  • Diabetes – Diabetes can lead to foot problems because of restricted blood flow and nerve damage. When nerves are damaged through diabetes this is referred to as neuropathy. When the muscles in the foot no longer function together properly this can cause unequal pressure on the foot. Unequal pressure can result in sores, infections, and even amputation in extreme cases. Proper footwear can help prevent foot problems related to diabetes.
  • Arthritis – Arthritis is a debilitating joint disease that can affect the joints throughout the foot. Stiffness and swelling in the joints can eventually lead to permanent damage. This can affect the way you stand or walk.
  • Metatarsalgia – This is a painful disorder that affects the joints and bones along the ball of the foot. This condition is often caused by ill-fitting footwear or restrictive footwear. Orthotics are usually recommended to help reduce pain caused by metatarsalgia.

Other potentially treatable conditions include patellofemoral knee pain, shin splints, achilles tendonitis, and bunions, as well as numerous systemic pathologies that (like diabetes) affect the function of the lower limbs. physiotherapy services can provide treatment to relieve pain and improve whatever condition you’re suffering from.

What are Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are devices that are individually created to uniquely fit your feet. They resemble insoles but are specifically crafted and made of materials that will last longer than prefabricated orthotics. They are sometimes referred to as prescription glasses for each of your feet. There are generally three types of custom orthotics.

  • Therapeutic – If the shape of your feet is irregular, these types of orthotics can assist heel support, forward movement, and general stability.
  • Accommodative – These are created to help you relieve the stress on joints that is often caused by conditions such as arthritis.
  • Functional – These will help your feet to move in a more desirable way or bear weight in a way that will help you move and walk better.

Although custom orthotics are more expensive than off-the-shelf devices, they last much longer and provide more support or correction. Orthotic inserts will improve how your feet and lower legs feel and function. Quality orthotics can alleviate pressure, eliminate pain, and promote stability. It’s important to receive custom orthotics that are created to fit the exact shape of your foot in order to receive the maximum benefits.

How Can Kimberly Rau and Associates Help?

Pedorthists are specifically trained in musculoskeletal movement. They have extensive knowledge of gait analysis and biomechanics of the lower extremities. They can provide you with orthotics that uniquely fit the contours of your feet, giving you the maximum amount of function, support, and comfort.

A trained pedorthist can give you a comprehensive orthotic evaluation. He or she will provide a custom fitting to determine what will work best for your feet. The pedorthist will take into consideration your current medical conditions and activity level when providing the best custom orthotics. After your evaluation and fitting, it will take roughly 2 weeks for your custom orthotics to come back from the lab.

After you have received your orthotics it will likely be necessary to provide an ongoing assessment of how your orthotics are working. Fine tuning may be needed to provide the best results possible. Contact Us at Kitchener, Waterloo & Elmira, ON Centers to learn how our customized orthotics can benefit you. We will have you feeling your absolute best and light on your feet!

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  • BELMONT CLINIC

    Belmont Centre for Physical Medicine
    564 Belmont Avenue West, Suite 301
    Kitchener, Ontario N2M 5N6

    Phone : (519) 743-4355 Fax : (519) 743-6787 belmont@sosphysiotherapy.ca

  • ELMIRA CLINIC

    Behind Wellness Centre ( Clock Tower )
    3 Wyatt Street East, Suite 2
    Elmira, Ontario N3B 2H4

    Phone : (519) 669-1212 Fax : (519) 669-0800 elmira@sosphysiotherapy.ca

  • CAMPUS CLINIC

    University of Waterloo Student Life Centre
    200 University Avenue West
    Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

    Phone : (519) 884-0767 Fax : (519) 884-9161 campus@sosphysiotherapy.ca