Did You Know

The average adult will walk almost 75.000 miles in their lifetime. Our feet support our entire body weight with every step we take. It is important to support them, so that they can support us.

At Urban Soles, we use custom orthotics (i.e. prescription shoe inserts) to help Torontonians stay mobile and pain-free. The best orthotics, however, are only as good as the shoes they are worn in; we noticed that a large number of patients have inadequate footwear.

While we always assist our patients with their footwear, we also want to empower the community at large to get their feet into more comfortable and supportive shoes.

Why footwear awareness matters

  • 60 percent of people are wearing the wrong size shoes, which can lead to:
  • foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes
  • corns, calluses, and blisters
  • muscle adaptations + gait compensations
  • Many Canadians do not know when to replace their footwear and wear shoes that exhibit excessive wear or material fatigue; this can lead to:
  • low back pain and other spinal or lower extremity discomfort
  • Most Canadians are not aware of their foot shape;
  • 27 percent of all shoes bought online are returned for bad fit
  • Many Canadians do not know what to look for when shoe shopping; 
  • non-supportive, incorrectly sized, and ill-fitted footwear, can lead to pain and strain, not just in the feet but also in the knees or spine

 

60 percent of people are wearing the wrong size shoes, which can lead to foot deformities, painful corns, callus, and blisters, and impact the way you walk

What is happening during Footwear Awareness Month

During the month of March, we are providing complimentary education and assistance to the community. We are also excited to launch new services and products we created to provide even more value to current and prospective patients. Here is a glance at the highlights of this month:

 

  • FREE Educational Resources
  • FREE Footwear Audit
  • NEW Services & Products Launch
  • PROMOTIONS
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  • FREE Educational Resources: Every week during March, we will be discussing a new footwear-related topic. Keep an eye out for our weekly blog posts and follow us on Facebook (@urbansolestoronto).
  • FREE Footwear Audit: Have your favourite footwear assessed for correct size, fit & wear pattern and your feet digitally scanned to establish whether your shoes are suitable for your foot type.
  • NEW Services & Products Launch:
  • Done-For-You Shoe Shopping 
  • Orthopaedic/Diabetic Shoe Fitting (Over-The-Counter)
  • Orthopaedic/Diabetic Shoe Modifications
  • PROMOTIONS:
  • 10% OFF our professional shoe fitting services during the month of March
  • Footwear + Custom Orthotics Bundles

What to do next

  • Learn more about footwear, professional shoe fitting & available footwear styles at Urban Soles
  • Book your FREE footwear audit with Dr. Nicole Hess DC here

Did You Know

8 in 10 Canadians have a foot dysfunction that can lead to knee pain, shin splints, low back pain, and even neck pain.

Among professionals, 61% have moderate to severe biomechanical dysfunction. If left untreated, 70% experience pain. 17% of employees have missed work days due to their pain, and 40% of sick leaves are due to back pain.

the good news is

Foot dysfunction and associated lower extremity or spinal pain can effectively be corrected with custom orthotics. Custom orthotics are prescription insoles for your footwear that are designed to correct foot dysfunction and help relieve associated muscle and joint pain, as well as prevent overuse injuries. Stabilizing orthotics, for instance, are clinically proven to reduce low back pain by 34.5 percent.

Most extended health benefit plans cover custom orthotics, and you may be eligible for a pair each year.

 

 

“8 in 10 Canadians have a foot dysfunction that can lead to knee pain, shin splints, low back pain, and even neck pain..”

urban soles Can Help

We offer a complimentary digital foot assessment to establish whether your feet may be contributing to your lower extremity or spinal pain or predispose you to overuse injuries.

The latest technology allows us to instantly assess the alignment and structural integrity of your feet and objectively pre-determine whether you could be benefitting from custom orthotics.

What to do next

  1. Schedule a complimentary digital foot assessment at Urban Soles. To take advantage of your benefits for this year and ensure receipt of your orthotics by the end of the year, we recommend scheduling your appointment by December 9th.
  2. Review your extended health benefits plan to understand your custom orthotics coverage. Gather the following information:   
    • Are custom orthotics and custom orthotic sandals covered under my plan?
    • What is the maximum coverage
      ($ amount + number of pairs)?
    • What is the coverage period (e.g. per calendar year, every x months)?

 

  • Is a pre-approval required?
  • Is a prescription required? Will the prescription expire after a certain time?
  • Which healthcare providers can prescribe custom orthotics under my plan?
  • Can chiropractors dispense custom orthotics under my plan
  • What casting techniques are accepted?
  • What paperwork do I need to submit?
  • prescription
  • copy of biomechanical assessment + gait analysis
  • lab invoice
  • manufacturing information
  • payment receipt
  • dispension date
  • Per-calendar-year benefits: Do my orthotics have to be dispensed or just paid in full by the end of the year?

book a complimentary digital foot assessment to FIND OUT IF YOUr feet are contributing to your pain at work

Did You Know

Many Canadians have some form of extended health coverage, but only few actually use it. With the end of the year in sight, there are only a couple of weeks left to take advantage of your benefits for this calendar year. The good news is, it is not too late to take stock of your health and wellness and add some needed therapy to your busy schedules. There are health and wellness promoting therapies that won’t require a lot of your time and provide you with a host of benefits.

Do you have foot pain, knee pain, or low back pain?

Research shows that back and other joint pain can be linked to foot abnormalities. Most people do not know that they have a foot abnormality, because they have no foot pain. However, 8 in 10 Canadians have a foot dysfunction that can lead to problems elsewhere in the body, such as the knees, low back, and even the neck.

Foot dysfunction and associated lower extremity or spinal pain can effectively be corrected with custom orthotics. Custom orthotics are prescription insoles for your footwear that are designed to correct foot dysfunction and help relieve associated muscle and joint pain as well as prevent overuse injuries. Stabilizing orthotics are clinically proven to reduce low back pain by 34.5 percent. Most extended health benefit plans cover custom orthotics, and you may be eligible for a pair each year.

 

“8 in 10 Canadians have a foot dysfunction that can lead to problems elsewhere in the body, such as the knees, low back, and even the neck.”

We Can Help

At Urban Soles, we offer a complimentary digital foot assessment to establish whether you could benefit from custom orthotics. The latest technology allows us to instantly assess the alignment and structural integrity of your feet and objectively pre-determine your orthotics needs. During your complimentary consultation, we also provide you with footwear education and answer any questions you may have about how custom orthotics can help you feel better, move better, and perform better.

What to do next

  1. Schedule a complimentary digital foot assessment at Urban Soles. To take advantage of your benefits for this year and ensure receipt of your orthotics by the end of the year, we recommend scheduling your appointment no later than December 9th.
  2. Review your extended health benefits plan to understand your custom orthotics coverage. Gather the following information:   
    • Are custom orthotics and custom orthotic sandals covered under my plan?
    • What is the maximum coverage
      ($ amount + number of pairs)?
    • What is the coverage period (e.g. per calendar year, every x months)?

 

  • Is a pre-approval required?
  • Is a prescription required? Will the prescription expire after a certain time?
  • Which healthcare providers can prescribe custom orthotics under my plan?
  • Can chiropractors dispense custom orthotics under my plan
  • What casting techniques are accepted?
  • What paperwork do I need to submit?
  • prescription
  • copy of biomechanical assessment + gait analysis
  • lab invoice
  • manufacturing information
  • payment receipt
  • dispension date
  • Per-calendar-year benefits: Do my orthotics have to be dispensed or just paid in full by the end of the year?

book a complimentary digital foot assessment to FIND OUT IF YOU have a foot dysfunction & could benefit from custom orthotics

Did You Know

1 in 4 Canadians aged 65 and older falls every year. Falls are the number one cause of hospitalizations of older adults, and 95% of hip fractures in this age group are caused by falls. Shockingly, 37% of men and 27% of women die within 1 year of fracturing their hip. Most falls are caused by an interaction of multiple risk factors. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chances of falling. The good news is, you can lower your fall risk by reducing your risk factors.

FALLS ARE PREVENTABLE

Research has identified many risk factors that contribute to falling, including poor balance, postural dizziness, vision impairment, foot and ankle disorders, medication side effects, as well as home hazards; fortunately, many of these fall risk factors are modifiable.

The first step to preventing falls is to find out what YOUR individual risk factors are. Visits to your family doctor, eye doctor, physiotherapist, and pharmacist can help determine some of your individual fall risk factors. However, this can be a time-consuming and lengthy endeavour, especially during the pandemic.

“You can lower your fall risk by reducing your risk factors.”

We Can Help

At Urban Soles, we offer a comprehensive fall prevention self-management program that includes a multifactorial fall risk assessment as well as fall prevention strategies that address modifiable risk factors. You will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and tools to help you reduce your fall risk factors as well as the chance of fall-related morbidity and mortality.

Every November, in honour of Fall Prevention Month, we offer our annual fall prevention program for Canadians aged 65 and older (or younger with known fall risk factors). If you have extended health benefit that include chiropractic services, you can submit your receipts to your insurance for reimbursement.

What to do next

  1. Learn more about our Fall Prevention Program.
  2. Book your Fall Risk Assessment online or give us a call.
  3. Help us raise awareness about fall prevention and share this blog post with a fellow Canadian aged 65 or older.

 

take the first step towards preventing falls, keeping your mobility & maintaining your independence