Custom Foot Orthotics
Foot Orthotics are orthopaedic devices used to change and/or control biomechanical forces on the feet. At Niagara Prosthetics & Orthotics we are experts in Foot Orthotic design, fabrication, and fitting.
We hand fabricate all our devices on-site, with access to a wide range of materials and techniques. Each is custom-designed and created to meet the biomechanical and lifestyle needs of the client. Foot orthotics can be used for the treatment of a number of symptoms or disorders such as:
- Patellar femoral knee pain
- Plantar Fasciitis / Heel Spurs
- Improved athletic performance
Other common uses and pathologies related to foot orthotics can be found through related websites on our Links Page.
Certified Canadian Pedorthist Laura Pantano talks about the importance of custom foot orthotics:
” Your feet are an important factor in your overall health. As your feet are the foundation for your body, misalignment and poor bio mechanics can lead to pain in your feet, legs, knees, hips and back. Many diseases can also affect the health of your feet which can decrease your quality of life and hinder many daily activities and work responsibilities. Custom made foot orthotics are designed, manufactured and fitted based on you and your specific needs. Custom made foot orthotics are a great, non invasive treatment that can help you get back on your feet and experience life with greater function and less pain.”
Upper and Lower Extremity Prosthetics
Prosthetics is the art and science of replacing missing limbs for functional and cosmetic purposes. At Niagara Prosthetics & Orthotics our Certified Prosthetists are experts in design, fabrication, fitting, and maintenance; all directed toward the best possible care of our clients living with an amputation. Our full service, on-site technical facility also allows us to provide exemplary and timely care.
In addition, our team can help clients to access a variety of funding sources such as: Ministry of Health Assistive Devices, War Amps and CHAMPS. Additional information about componentry, funding, fitting and maintenance guides, stump care, prosthetic socks, prosthetics aids, and community groups dedicated to supporting people living with amputations can be found on our Client Resources and Links pages.
For an outline of the prosthesis fitting procedure please feel free to check out the Niagara Prosthetics & Orthotics Blog Page.
Mobility and Seating for Adults and Children
Niagara Wheelchairs & Seating is proud to have a team with an extensive and all-encompassing level and detail of skill, totaling over 20 years of experience in the industry. Our mobility team will come to you, we are happy to provide no obligation estimates for home safety equipment and private consultations are available for those interested.
Cranial Remolding Helmets
Plagiocephaly, Brachycephaly, Scaphocephaly or any combination of the three has increased since the early 90’s due to the introduction of the back to sleep program. Asymmetries or flattening of the head occur due to external forces in a prolonged position. Common causes are, extended time spent in a neonatal unit, the birth process, position in the womb, torticollis and the infant’s preferred sleeping position.
To assess and determine if a helmet is needed, quantitative measurements are required to determine the severity of the head shape.
We use a 3D scanner to obtain and compile a detailed report of the child’s head. The report can be used to compare pre-and post-treatment measurements to visually see the effectiveness of the helmet.
The best outcomes are achieved when helmet therapy is implemented between 5-6months. At this time the child is growing exponentially and the cranium is malleable. Starting helmet therapy after 6 months will not obtain the same results. Therefore, early intervention is vital when dealing with asymmetries of the infant head.
– Alisha –
Custom and ‘Off the Shelf’ Bracing
Braces are orthopedic appliances worn on the body, that are used to change and/or control the biomechanical forces of limbs or the spine. At Niagara Prosthetics & Orthotics we are experts in brace design, fabrication, fitting, maintenance and provision. In addition to our expert assessment and design services, we have a full service manufacturing and service facility to provide the best possible care to our clients. We are also able to help clients access a variety of funding options for these types of prescribed orthopedic appliances.
PLEASE NOTE: Walk in service for ‘off the shelf’ bracing is available at our Niagara Health System St. Catharines Hospital site ONLY – 1200 Fourth Ave, St. Catharines, ON L2S 0A9
All other locations by appointment only.
Braces can be used for the treatment of a number of symptoms or disorders such as:
- Osteoarthritis of the knee
- ACL knee injury
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Custom and ‘Off the Shelf’ Compression Garments
To manage various vascular problems, there are two types of medical compression garments used.
- Custom Made Compression garments
- Ready to Wear (Off the Shelf) Garments
Our certified fitters are here to help, they take care to assess and measure you to ensure you receive the most appropriate compression garment for your individual needs.
Custom vs. Ready to Wear Garments
When custom measured, the garments are easier to put on and more comfortable to wear. Depending on the doctor’s prescription the garments can range from 15-90mmHg. Ready to wear (off the shelf) garments can be light, moderate or firm compression. They are used to prevent excessive swelling in the limbs post trauma or following surgery and/or radiation therapy. Those garments range from 15-20mmHg, 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg.
How do they work?
Compression garments are effective in treating venous disease and lymphedema by increasing the pressure in the tissue under the skin, thereby helping to reduce and prevent swelling. They are also effective in treating varicose veins, leg swelling, and tired, achy legs
Is there any funding available for my garments?
In some cases, The Ministry of Health (ADP) will cover a portion (75%) of the cost of garments. Most major insurance plans will also cover a portion of the cost. Our staff is happy to provide any assistance in submitting insurance documents to the appropriate parties.
Certified Fitter Katie Kalchman talks about the importance of properly fitting compression garments:
“It is important to be properly measured by a certified fitter to ensure that you receive the best possible fit and ultimately benefit from your compression garments. If a garment does not fit right, (too tight, loose, short or long), you may find them to be uncomfortable to wear, and/ or your edema (swelling) may not be optimally controlled. Regardless if you have worn compression stockings before, or you are looking to get your first pair, it is important to be measured every 4-6 months or whenever you want to purchase a new pair of stockings. Ideally, you should be measured first thing in the morning, to get the most “normal” measurement, especially if your legs tend to swell throughout the day.
In my experience, I have seen positive changes in individuals who have swelling of their limbs, when their stockings fit them properly compared to those whose do not. Compression stockings and garments aren’t just a treatment for various conditions, but a great prevention tool.
Compression garments have become quite fashionable in terms of style, fabric, design and colour and target those of all age groups and activity level. From the marathon runner, to the business man or women, constriction workers or the elder population, there is a style of compression garments out there for everyone!”