About Garnet Orthopedic Solutions

Garnet Orthopedic Solutions has multiple licensed Pedorthists, who are recognized as the industry leaders in the custom orthotic field, which includes: gait assessment, orthotic design, orthotic fabrication, and dispensing custom orthotics directly to the client. With-in our onsite lab we can manufacture your orthotics within days, not weeks like many other places, and can make any adjustments needed on the spot.

Garnet Orthopedic Solutions strives to provide excellent products and services, coupled with a positive personal experience through communication, education, and prioritizing customer service. Working out of a collective of health care professionals, in the heart of London, ON at The OEV Health Quarters, which include: Pedorthics, Physiotherapy, Chiropractic Care, Registered Massage Therapy, Reflexology, and Mental Health Professionals, our mission is to direct you to the best care to most effectively your specific issue.

At Garnet we believe every client deserves the best customer care possible, and strive to achieve that goal everyday.

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Foot Orthotics

  • Custom Foot Orthotics
  • Orthotics vs. Insoles or Inserts
  • Orthotics Fitting Process
  • Signs and Symptoms That You Might Need Orthotics
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Foot Orthotics are orthopaedic devices that help change and/or control biomechanical insufficiencies throughout the kinetic chain of the client's base of support. At Garnet Orthopedic Solutions, we are experts in foot orthotic fitting and fabrication techniques which allow us to provide the best solution for you. Whether a custom orthotic, over the counter orthotic, shoe modification or collaboration with another clinician at The OEV Health Quarters we strive to find your solution.

Custom orthotics are very different from footbeds that come with footwear or over-the-counter orthotics. Insoles, or inserts, are commonly an off-the-shelf product and are typically found in drug stores and other retail stores. They are designed to cushion your step as you walk and provide shock absorption. Although you may find them comfortable, they are not designed to treat or help prevent biomechanical problems to the extent a custom orthotic can assist with.

Orthotics, are designed to relieve pain by realigning and supporting the bones and ligaments of your foot. They restore your foot’s natural function, reduce foot pain, redistribute pressure, and prevent and accommodate foot problems. Our orthotics are custom-made to your individual feet to ensure maximum effectiveness. No two orthotics are the same.

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    Referral

    Prescription from medical doctor. If you don't have one, don't worry! You can still book an assessment.

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    Initial Assessment

    A certified Pedorthist will review your medical history, assess your physical requirements and lifestyle needs to design the most appropriate orthotic.

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    Foot Casting

    A 3D imprint of your foot will be taken with your foot in a corrected position to achieve maximum comfort and alignment.

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    Manufacturing

    Following the specifics of the pedorothist's orthotic design, the orthotic will be manufactured through traditional methods, CNC milling or 3D printed depending on the client's individual needs and returned within one week.

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    Fitting Appointment

    Your custom orthotics are fit to appropriate footwear with consultation on short and long-term expectations and outcomes.

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    Break-In Period ​

    When wearing new orthotics, a break-in period may be need for your body and brain to adjust to the new alignment over a 2 - 4 week period.

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    Follow-Up Appointment

    Our staff will follow-up within two weeks of your fitting appointment to ensure proper use, comfort, and outcomes are being achieved.

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    Review & Maintenance

    For any questions regarding maintenance, refurbishment, or desired outcome, we encourage you to contact us at your convenience.

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Morning heel pain or heel pain after rest.

Symptoms: Pain in the heels that begins from your first few steps in the morning or after being off of your feet for a long time with a duration of 5 minutes or longer.

Plantar fasciitis is a common ailment seen by foot care specialists. The most common symptom is pain in the heel during the first few steps in the morning as one gets out of bed. Some people, also experience pain anytime they are non-weight-bearing for more than fifteen minutes and rise to a weight-bearing position.

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The pain, or discomfort, can be felt at the plantar fascia insertion point, up through the arch, just before the balls of the feet. This pain mimics a tearing-like feeling when weight-bearing first occurs, which is scar tissue being torn from the micro-trauma caused the previous day, or weight-bearing event. Depending on the damage caused, recovery can take a few days, or up to a few weeks. Fortunately, custom orthotics show a high success rate to alieve the pain of plantar fasciitis.

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Heel Spurs are calcium deposits around the heel area of the foot that is typically caused by tension, abrasion, and or inflammation of the plantar fascia attachment to the heal.

Symptoms: The most common complaint is a dull ache and intermittent sharp pain on the inside area of the heel. Pain is typically the worst first in the morning, after rest, or after prolonged standing wearing thin-soled footwear with improper support.

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Flat feet is a condition that ​occurs when the arch of the foot has fallen and comes in contact with the ground.

Symptoms: Collapsed Instep. The posterior tibial tendon is the main support structure of the arch. This tendon can be overloaded and can become inflamed or even torn. Years of wear and tear can weaken this tendon causing it to collapse.

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Flat feet is a condition that ​occurs when the arch of the foot has fallen and comes in contact with the ground.

Symptoms: Collapsed Instep. The posterior tibial tendon is the main support structure of the arch. This tendon can be overloaded and can become inflamed or even torn. Years of wear and tear can weaken this tendon causing it to collapse.

Morton's neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly, but not limited to, the area between your third and fourth toes. Morton's neuroma may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock. Other symptoms are: “pins and needles'' feeling in the toes, an electric shock feeling, or numbness. A qualified foot care specialist can offer relief. Please watch the video for more information with tips on shoe choices, exercises, and other solutions.

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Bunions are commonly defined as the enlargement of the inner portion of the joint at the base of the big toe. Many studies show that bunions occur in women 10 times more frequently. It is shown that high heels and tight-fitting shoes can increase the risk of bunions.

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Symptoms: Big toe soreness and swelling near the base.

Most people from a wide range of ages can benefit from custom manufactured orthotics. Some common symptoms that can be alleviated with orthotics are:

  • overall foot pain
  • pain on top of foot
  • pain on side of foot
  • ball of foot pain
  • pain in arch of foot
  • ankle pain
  • heel pain
  • bunions or hammer toe
  • fallen arches or flat foot
  • sore feet
  • knee pain
  • back pain
  • hip pain

If you have extended medical coverage and you are planning on using it to cover the cost or partial cost of orthotics, most medical plans require that you obtain a prescription from your family doctor. This prescription will have to be sent to your insurance provider with an invoice for orthotics and your gait analysis with proof of payment and receipt in order for you to qualify to receive your benefits.

Yes, as your feet and body are not accustomed to using custom foot orthotics, you will be required to break them in over a period of time. The orthotics may feel uncomfortable initially as you begin to adjust to them. We suggest that the following be done.

Day 1 – 1 hour with new Orthotics

Day 2 – 2 hours of usage

Day 3 – 3 hours of usage and so on, adding an hour each day

If you find you’re still uncomfortable, slow the process down by adding an additional day before extending the time wearing your orthotics. We suggest breaking the orthotics in over a 2 week period before wearing them for athletic activities.

Wearing your orthotics all the time will benefit you the most. If your daily routine requires different levels of activity and footwear we suggest moving the orthotics from shoe to shoe or getting additional orthotics to accommodate your lifestyle.

We recommend cleaning your orthotics with a dish cloth and warm water when required. A mild dish soap can be used, then rinsed with warm water.

Foot orthotics will realign your lower kinetic chain allowing your muscles to perform at their optimal level, help prevent injury, and reduce long-term wear and tear on your knees, hips, and back.

COMPRESSION GARMENTS

  • Our Compression Wear
  • Compression Therapy
  • Athletics

From day-to-day compression therapy requirements to helping athletes of all levels perform better for longer periods of time, as your local London & Stratford area foot specialist, we source your ideal compression garment getup from the world’s top manufacturers. We carry a variety of different brands of compression attire for use with many parts of the body. Our qualified foot specialists will help you find the ideal solution for your particular requirements.

Stockings/Leggings

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Socks

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Sleeves

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Compression therapy is a simple and effective means of increasing blood flow activity in the lower limbs through strengthening vein support. It can be used as a treatment prescribed by a physician to treat phlebitis (inflammation of the walls of a vein) or thrombosis (coagulation or clotting of the blood in a part of the circulatory system).

Periodically, compression therapy is used as an aftercare following surgery (acting as a form of wound care), sclerotherapy (the treatment of varicose blood vessels by the injection of an irritant that causes inflammation, coagulation of blood, and narrowing of the blood vessel wall), any other forms of varicose vein treatment. It is also used to relieve all conditions of chronic venous disease such as heavy legs, varicose veins, oedemas, and leg ulcers.

In addition to surgical treatment, compression therapy can also be prescribed to prevent venous troubles during pregnancy and in long-distance travel. Medical compression therapy can be applied in different forms such as socks, stockings, or sleeves. These garments work by gradually compressing the limb. They help venous return (the flow of blood back to the heart), decrease venous pressure (average blood pressure within the venous compartment), prevent venous stasis (a risk factor for forming blood clots in veins), and deterioration of the walls of your veins.

Compression therapy also serves many purposes in athletics. The benefits of compression garments for athletes include faster recovery and reducing muscle pain, which usually occurs after intense physical exercise. Our compression garments efficiently relieve aching, improve blood circulation, and improve the oxygenation and strength of your muscles.

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Manufacturing

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Custom Sandal

Whether you wear them in the house or enjoying summer weather, the biomechanical insufficiency that causes you pain and discomfort doesn't change. If you're someone looking to maintain comfort at all times consider a custom sandal. 100% made to the contours of your feet providing the support and benefits of an orthotic in a fashionable sandal!