Why are shoes or orthotics important?
In many instances, having the appropriate footwear or the addition of a foot orthotic is necessary for injury prevention or management. Research has shown that orthotic therapy can be an effective “modality” for addressing biomechanical issues at the ankle and foot as they directly relate to injuries involving the foot, lower leg, knee, hip or back. It is also important to have the proper footwear to match an individual’s specific activity need. Whether discussing athletics or daily activities, having the proper foot-shoe or foot-orthotic-shoe interface is essential to optimal performance and function.
The experienced staff at Armor Physical Therapy has advanced training in biomechanical evaluation and oShorthosis recommendations for injury prevention and management. This treatment philosophy that starts with a comprehensive evaluation, has extended into our traditional physical therapy evaluation, as well as several of the specialty programs and sports performance services offered to active individuals seeking injury management or performance enhancement. We can provide you with a comprehensive lower quarter screen assessing foot and ankle biomechanics, range of motion, strength, muscle recruitment, and flexibility and provide appropriate recommendations on the necessity for a footwear change and/or the addition of a custom or semi-custom foot orthotic. Furthermore, we will work closely with your pediatrician, podiatrist, primary care or sports medicine provider if needed.
Will medical insurance cover this?
With an appropriate medical diagnosis from your health care provider, this is part of our normal physical therapy evaluation. Thus, there is no additional cost to the patient aside from their normal insurance co-pay or deductible. We participate with most commercial insurances and would be happy to assist you with any benefit questions you may have.
Do I need a referral?
We are also able to see individuals as part of Michigan’s Direct Access (with the appropriate insurance plan) or as part of our self-pay program. We can evaluate and make recommendations on appropriate footwear and/or the need for foot orthotics.
Custom foot orthotics
Our staff are trained to evaluate and make recommendations to the custom orthotics laboratory of your choice. We have worked closely with Biocorrect Custom Orthotics Laboratory in Grand Rapids, Michigan for over 20 years to support the semi-custom and full custom foot orthotic needs of our patients. We use the latest 3D technology for foot scanning to ensure a proper fit of the device to the patient’s foot.
To make an appointment or for more information, please contact us at one of our seven convenient locations in Battle Creek, East Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo/Oshtemo, Mattawan, Plainwell, Portage, and Schoolcraft, MI.