Foundations Footwear - Frequently asked questions
Do I need to make an appointment and how do I make one?
Yes, an appointment should be made to make
sure that your individual time is set aside. Simply call 914-8338 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment or have any of your
Do you take insurance?
We do not directly bill your insurance
company, so you must file the claim yourself. Only a small percentage
of plans cover these services, so we offer very affordable prices because
we know so many of you must pay out of pocket. Also, you must have a prescription
from a doctor before you can bill your insurance company.
If you have a “Health or Flex” spending account
at work you can use it to pay for needed services.
What are foot orthotic insoles?
An orthoses (orthotic) is an apparatus
that can support, accommodate, align, prevent or correct deformities,
or improve function for the foot.
Can I wear my orthotics in any shoe I want?
A foot orthotic can only achieve its goal
in conjunction with the right footwear. We can make an orthotic to fit
almost any shoe, but one made specifically for a pair of running or athletic
shoes will probably not fit into most fashion shoes.
What are the orthotics made of and how long do they last?
For good supportive shoes with removable
full length insoles a foam based rubber orthotic is popular, especially
with people with sensitive feet, active people or athletes. If the shoe
is flimsy or has fit constraints then a semi-rigid or rigid type may be
necessary. Softer type orthotics have a one-year-warranty against defects
in materials or workmanship. Rigid or semi-rigid types have a three-year
warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. There is no warranty
against covering breakdown. After a period of time, most orthotics can
be refurbished for an additional cost.
I had some orthotics made from you and I want another pair; how is this
As of 2007 casts of your feet go home with
you so that you can bring them back in the future to make additional pairs.
Computerized images of your feet are stored so that they can be remade
quickly without having to come back in. If possible it is recommended
to come back in for re-evaluation if more than a year has past or if having
Who benefits from custom orthotics and orthopedic footwear?
of chronic back, hip, knee, ankle or foot issues. If you have never had
someone look at your feet, shoes and watch you walk or run then you are
missing the obvious cause for most of these problems. Therapy is key but
often does not “stick” because the minute you walk out the
doctor’s or therapist’s office things go back to the way they
were if your body’s foundation is bad.
People who are on
their feet all day can distribute weight and pressure evenly thus reducing
stress on feet, knees and back.
or athletes can help disperse shock and distribute pressure evenly, thus
reducing the chance of injury allowing them to train more. Also, good
mechanics are instrumental if you want to have an efficient and powerful
stride, pedal stroke, golf stance/follow through, jump or movement in
the weight room.
Diabetic or arthritic
patients protect and relieve pressure points from their feet.
is a Certified Pedorthist?
the design, manufacture, modification and fit of footwear, including foot
orthoses (orthotics) to alleviate foot problems caused by disease, overuse,
congenital defect or injury.
A certified pedorthist
(C.Ped.) is a professional whose competence in the practice of pedorthics
is credentialed by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics,
Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. They are specialists in lower limb anatomy;
pathology; biomechanics; gait analysis; footwear fitting; below the ankle
orthotic design and fabrication; and patient/practice management.
Pedorthics is the
practice, pursuant to a written order/prescription when addressing a medical
condition, of evaluating, treatment planning, patient managing, measuring,
designing, fabricating, assembling, fitting, adjusting or servicing, necessary
to accomplish the application of a pedorthic device for the prevention
or amelioration of painful and/or disabling conditions of the foot and
works as part of the allied health care team of doctors and therapists,
dispensing footwear and foot orthotics to keep people as mobile as possible.