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Podiatry: Addressing Heel Pain and Foot Issues

heel painDo you suffer from heel pain (e.g. heel spurs or plantar fasciitis), nail fungus, tired, achy feet, or any kind of pain in the foot? If yes, you may benefit from podiatry services at Willow Park Physiotherapy and Wellness. Dr. Randhir Lal, Podiatrist, can address these and other foot-related issues.

Heel pain is a biomechanical misalignment in the foot, which needs to be corrected with orthotics. Beyond heel pain, individuals may seek podiatric care for various foot-related problems, including neuropathy, overuse injuries, or shin splints caused by incorrect foot alignment.

How Orthotics Can Help

Orthotics can correct misalignments and relieve stress on tendons and muscles. These shoe inserts are often compared to glasses for the feet, because many people are unaware of their need for these custom inserts. Just as glasses correct vision problems, orthotics align the foot properly, preventing pain and discomfort. Orthotics should be considered a solution to promote foot health and prevent future issues.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

Dr. Lal will assess your footwear and any previous solutions you’ve tried, such as over-the-counter inserts or treatments from other physicians. He will examine the wear patterns on your shoes, which can provide valuable information about the underlying foot issues causing the pain.

He will also conduct a comprehensive physical examination of the foot, focusing on the location and duration of the pain, and your previous attempts to treat it. Observing your gait while you walk into the office can offer further insights into your foot’s condition.

Traditionally, plaster casting was used to create orthotics. However, advancements in technology now allow for 3D imaging and printing, significantly reducing the time required for manufacturing. It will take about 2-3 weeks to get your orthotics.

Continued Care and Follow-Up

Similar to glasses, foot shape changes over time, and orthotics may experience wear and tear due to physical activity. A one-year follow-up ensures that your orthotics still provide the desired treatment and alignment. Additionally, several months after the initial dispensing, a follow-up appointment allows adjustments and ensures patient comfort and satisfaction.

Alternative Temporary Solutions

For patients who are unsure about using orthotics, Dr. Lal may explore alternative treatments. Temporary measures like bracing, taping, or injections can be employed to address foot problems and help patients experience the benefits of proper foot alignment. Taping the foot in a position that mimics the effect of orthotics allows patients to feel the positive impact and encourages them to consider long-term solutions.

How Much Do They Cost?

The cost of orthotics typically includes the initial office visit and examination. This comprehensive approach ensures that patients receive a thorough evaluation and appropriate treatment recommendations. Most of the time, insurance covers orthotics.

Book an Appointment

As your feet are the foundation of your body they should feel and function great. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lal!


Podiatry in Leduc AB | (780) 986-3666