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Beyond Foam Box Imprints: 3D Foot Scans for Custom Orthotics

December 9th, 2016
The methods to creating a custom orthotic insert have certainly changed over the years. If you’ve ever had a plaster cast made of your foot, then you’re all too familiar with the mess and the time it takes to make. After a plaster cast, the foam box imprinting method was a welcomed change, and a method we used here at Vancouver Orthotics for quite some time. After all, standing on a piece of ...

Electronic Gait Scan Analysis

November 19th, 2016
A person’s gait refers to the rate of movement and manner of walking, and is a crucial component in diagnosing and treating foot, ankle, knee, hip, and low back pain. Electronic gait scan analysis is a particular type of exam used to determine the fitness of foot function and mobility, and is used to detect deficiencies in movement that could be causing the pains listed above. An electronic g ...

Biomechanical Examinations for Custom Orthotic Inserts

November 19th, 2016
As part of every orthotics examination, Dr. Michael Horowitz will perform a biomechanical analysis of your feet. A biomechanical examination provides information on the bone structure, joint integrity, and callusing patterns of the foot, which are all used to determine the source of injuries or abnormalities. The biomechanical examination may also include an analysis of posture, the legs, ran ...

Envisic 3D Foot Scan for the Most Precise Custom Orthotics

November 5th, 2016
Envisic 3D Scan of the Foot 
Greetings from Vancouver Orthotics! If you have had custom orthotics made for you in the past, you will be all too familiar with the full-on plaster foot cast; it’s messy, time consuming, and after all of that you have to wait for it to be shipped by mail to the orthotics manufacturer. Thank goodness it’s 2016 and here at Vancouver Orthotics that 1950s technique ...

GaitScan Analysis for Orthotics of the Future

October 29th, 2016

Hello from Vancouver Orthotics! Just this year we have begun using some exciting technology to help our patients to treat their foot, ankle, knee, hip, and back pain. The Orthotic Group’s GaitScan is an unprecedented and innovative tool and digital casting device that allows us to analyze the biomechanics of our patients, using over 4,000 sensors and a scan rate of 300 frames per second. ...

Orthotics for SI Joint Pain

October 29th, 2016

Are you experiencing low back and/or leg pain when you stand up? If so, you may be suffering from a dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint, or SI joint. There are two SI joints, and they sit on each side of your spine near where the lumbar spine (low back) connects with the pelvis. These joint acts primarily as a shock-absorbing structure, and they are responsible for carrying the weight of ...

Treatment for Pes Cavus

October 29th, 2016

You have probably heard of Flat Feet (Latin name: Pes Planus), but what about its counter? If you have unusually high arches in your feet, or Pes Cavus (Latin name), you may be experiencing pain in the metatarsal heads (the place where the bones in your foot (metatarsals) meet the bones that make up your toes (phalanges)), hammertoes, instability of the foot region, pain while walking or ...

Find Relief from Peroneal Tendinitis

October 15th, 2016
Peroneal Tendinitis is inflammation of the, you guessed it, peroneal tendons. The peroneal tendons are two tendons that run side-by-side behind the outer ankle bone. One peroneal tendon is attached to the outer part of the midfoot, and the other runs under the foot and attaches near the inside of the arch. These two tendons work together to stabilize the foot and ankle to prevent sprains. Act ...

Pain Relief from Patellar Tendinitis

October 7th, 2016
Have you ever heard of jumper’s knee? Or perhaps you play a sport like volleyball or basketball and you have been experiencing knee pain? Patellar tendinitis, or jumper’s knee, is inflammation of the tendon that connects the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone (tibia). The patellar tendon and the muscles at the front of your thigh (quadriceps) work together to extend your knee, allowing you to ...

Relieve Pain from Patellofemoral Syndrome

October 7th, 2016

I have always been a strong believer that knee pain and mosquitos are proof of some all-knowing, all-powerful malevolent being. Why else would those terrible things exist? Anyway, knee pain can come in different forms and today we’re going to talk about patellofemoral syndrome. Patellofemoral syndrome is pain that centralizes in the front of the knee. It often occurs in teenagers, manual ...

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