Orthotics are custom designed insoles manufactured and used to improve, support or correct an individual’s foot posture. Many injuries and conditions we see at our Prime Health Centre inc.occur as a consequence of abnormal foot and lower limb mechanics. Such abnormalities can have a significant impact on the feet, legs, pelvis and spine.
Research has shown that, in many cases, orthotics can relieve pain and prevent further disability. That said, not everyone is a candidate for orthotic therapy. We also specialise in footwear prescription; frequently some simple advice is all that is needed. If you are considering getting orthotics from a foot doctor in Calgary we will assess your relevant history, footwear and biomechanics. You can rest assured we will only recommend orthotics when necessary.
Orthotics are offered by our podiatrist at Prime Health Centre:
More than just ‘arch supports’ they are specifically designed to suit your particular condition, foot type, weight and desired activity. Generally, functional foot orthotics offer greater control than other types of insoles, in addition to being more durable. Biomechanical correction is achieved by using materials such as high density foams and plastics which initially may appear too rigid but, in time, usually become quite comfortable.
After your initial biomechanical assessment and plaster cast session the turnaround time for functional foot orthotics is typically two weeks.
The Prime Health Centre frequently consult parents who are concerned about their child’s foot posture and/or gait abnormalities. Usually only footwear advice, reassurance and postural exercises are required. However, there are times when specialised custom orthotics or other forms of treatment are indicated. During the appointment we perform gait analysis and static stance testing to determine the extent of the problem. These forms are then stored on file and referred to at follow-up appointments to track developmental milestones.
We understand that custom orthotics can be expensive, especially if your child outgrows them within 12 months. For this reason we offer special discounts when making custom orthotics for our patients under the age of eighteen.
Ingrown toenail treatment
Ingrown toenails are a common condition where the corner or side of a toenail grows into the flesh. Once the edge of the nail breaks through the skin, it causes inflammation. Initially presenting as minor discomfort, it may progress into an infection and become a reoccurring problem.
At Prime Health Centre we recommend seeing a podiatrist immediately if:
- At anytime an ingrown toenail has developed into an infection, especially with worsening pain and swelling.
- The toenail is inflamed but not infected and has shown no improvement within 3 days of home treatment.
- If you have diabetes, poor circulation, currently undergoing chemotherapy, or have any medical conditions that can cause poor wound healing or an increased risk of infection.
Conservative ingrown toenail treatment involves removing or trimming the ingrown portion of the toenail, this can be performed with or without administration of local anaesthetic, depending on pain sensitivity. If the ingrown toenail is recurrent we may recommend a minor surgical procedure (Partial Nail Avulsion) where we remove a portion of the nail along with the underlying tissue. At our Prime Health Centre to ensure you receive prompt medical attention, every week we reserve a number of emergency appointments for ingrown toenails. Book a podiatry appointment now for an emergency ingrown toenail surgery or treatment.