Insurers getting stricter about orthotics claims. Make sure yours are covered!

Let’s say your family doctor or podiatrist prescribes you an orthotic for your foot problem. You go to your chiropractor, orthotic store, or physiotherapist to get one made, spend a few hundred dollars, and submit the expense to your Extended Medical Insurance Plan. Imagine your surprise when you get a letter back from the insurer saying that your orthotic is not covered and that they won’t be reimbursing you. What gives? Extended medical insurance providers, like ClaimSecure, Blue Cross an others are getting stricter about their coverage for orthotics. As set out below, ClaimSecure is now insisting that the following requirements must be met:

In order for your claim to be considered eligible, your claim must meet the following three
conditions:

1. Referral by an Approved Service Provider
2. Orthotics or Custom made shoes must be manufactured or modified in an off-site facility.
3. Dispenser must have one of the approved credentials.

A referral can only be written by one of the following Approved Service Providers:
• Physician (MD)
• Podiatrist (DPM)
• Chiropodist (D CH or D Pod M)

In order to be covered, the orthotic can only be dispensed (or made) by one of the following:

• Orthotist CO or CPO(c)
• Pedorthist C Ped (c) or C Ped (MC)
• Podiatrist (DPM)
• Chiropodist (D CH or D Pd M)
• Orthésistes du Pieds (member of CCCOP)

Finally, a paid in full invoice is required. Please note that while these requirements are industry standard your plan may differ slightly. If unsure, contact your Benefits Provider for confirmation of your specific plan details. Don’t get stuck with orthotics that you can’t get reimbursed for!

Published on:March 6, 2015
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Plantar fasciitis treatments to treat heel pain

Looking for the best podiatrist in Vancouver to treat heel pain? Dr. Roy Mathews of Vancouver Podiatry discusses Plantar Fasciitis treatments, as well as its causes.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatments

Plantar Fasciitis and heel pain are the most common reasons people visit podiatrists. When the fascia collapses it will pull on the heel insertion point and present as heel pain. Although anti-inflammatories, icing and stretching may help ease the pain during the acute phase, to properly treat Plantar Fasciitis, it is critical to properly support the foot. Watch the video below:

 

Plantar Fasciitis Treatments

 

 

Published on:February 25, 2015
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Looking for a Vancouver podiatrist who can help you with back pain?

Your foot health is an important part of overall wellness. While the lyrics “The heel bone connected to the ankle bone, the ankle bone connected to the shin bone …”  may not be anatomically correct, the concept is absolutely right. The components of our body are all connected to each other. When one part of the body goes out of alignment, the body compensates for the imbalance, and that can cause pain over time. The pain we feel in one area is often a symptom of a problem that actually originates somewhere else.

Our body’s foundation begins with our feet, all the way down to where our big toe connects to the ground. If your foot’s bio-mechanics are off, you may not experience foot pain, but you might feel it elsewhere. If you’ve ever experienced foot pain ( and most of us have), you probably noticed that your walk changed while the problem healed. You may not even be aware of the imbalance, but it can cause shifts in your body’s alignment, starting with the feet, which can work its way up to through the knees, hips and spine. Over time, your adjusted gait can cause repetitive motion injuries that can affect you in places you might not expect, like your hip or your lower back.

The relationship between foot problems and back pain was demonstrated in a recent study that examined lower back pain and women with pronated feet. To determine if you either overpronate or pronate too late during the gait cycle, a proper gait analysis should be performed.  You cannot tell this properly by standing on a flat mat, like you do in the drug store. The same study also suggests that orthotics can improve foot function and relieve back pain symptoms.

A visit to a podiatrist in Vancouver could help you with your lower back pain and prevent the need for medication, or even surgery down the road. Custom orthotics from a qualified Vancouver podiatrist create the specific support your feet to regain proper function and balance and correct the mechanics of your gait. To assess and correct these types of foot and back problems, Vancouver podiatrist, Dr. Roy Matthews uses 3D laser imaging to create the orthotics. The Vancouver podiatrists at Vancouver Podiatry have undergraduate degrees in Kineseology and access to F-scan technology for an in depth gait analysis for challenging cases.

Looking for a qualified and experienced podiatrist in Vancouver to address your foot and back pain? Make sure they understand the connection between the two.  Contact Dr. Mathews at Vancouver Podiatry for a consultation at his Kerrisddale (604-261-9494) or New Westminster (604-521-7110) locations.

Published on:February 18, 2015
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Consider Bunion Surgery To Eliminate Your Bunion Pain in 2015

bunion surgery vancouver

bunion surgery vancouver

If you have a large boney bump on the outside of your foot by your big toe joint, you likely have a bunion. This bump is actually a misalignment of the big toe joint, causing inflammation in the tissue surrounding it. Bunions are primarily a hereditary condition, though they may be made worse by constrictive foot wear. Smaller bunions may cause some discomfort, and may also limit the types of shoes you are able to comfortably wear, as well as how long you spend on your feet, running, working out, our out on the dance floor. As the bunion progresses in severity, it can become associated with arthritis in the big toe, deformities in the second toe and more severe pain. Many people hope that they may find a bunion pain home remedy, but if this foot pain is keeping you from the activities you enjoy, bunion surgery may be the right solution to get you back to your active lifestyle.

Some people see bunion surgery as a last resort option, because they have heard discouraging stories about traditional foot surgery. If you are looking for minimally invasive bunion surgery, the Tricorrectional Bunionectomy (TCB) offered by the Vancouver podiatrists at Vancouver Podiatry may be the foot surgery you’ve been waiting for. Traditional surgery often required general anesthesia, overnight stays in the hospital, and extended recovery time for the patient. In contrast, the TCB bunion surgery uses a local anesthetic and allows the patient to return home the day of the surgery. Most patients who have a TCB can stand without crutches immediately after surgery, wear shoes within Two weeks, and are back to their regular activities after five weeks. The TCB procedure is designed to restore proper alignment and function while greatly reducing recovery time, promoting a healthier foot in the long term. Most importantly is that the surgery is a permanent fix, the deformity will not reoccur as the joint is permanently realigned.

The TCB bunion surgery procedure is available at Vancouver Podiatry. Vancouver podiatrist, Dr. Matthews reports that 90% of patients undergoing bunion surgery at his clinics opt for a TCB. If you fall within the 90% you will probably be able to return to your regular activities within five weeks. This type of recovery time is a large improvement over previous surgerical options.

Of course, every patient and every surgery is different. Approximately 10% of bunions treated at Vancouver Podiatry require a ‘Lapidus type fusion bunionectomy’ as they are too severe to benefit from TCB bunion surgery. Recovery for this procedure is longer and includes up to two weeks in a cast and an additional four weeks in a walking boot.

Schedule a consultation today to find out whether a TCB is right for you. Why not get a head start on a pain free 2015, instead of living with bunion pain that could get more severe with time?

To listen to what Vancouver bunion surgery patients have to say about Vancouver Podiatry’s TCB foot surgery and the reduced bunion surgery recovery time, see the videos below:

Published on:January 30, 2015
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Winter Footwear: Are your feet ‘winterized’?

Winter Footwear

Is this how you are winterizing your feet?

Is this how you are winterizing your feet?

With colder weather approaching, you may have packed away your swimsuits and sandals and pulled out the cozy sweaters. You may even have given some thought to winter tires. But have you paid any attention to your winter footwear and foot health? Thinking about function and fit will keep your feet healthy through the winter months. The shoes you need for running the Seawall are very different than the ones you need when running in from the cold to make you Zumba, cross-fit, or spin class.  Thinking about function and fit will keep your feet healthy through the winter months. Consider how your shoes need to perform during the winter. Are they waterproof? Do they have enough support and warmth? Are the grips on your shoes appropriate for the activity you are using them for?

Look at the pattern of wear on the shoes. If your shoes are wearing out faster on one side, consider giving your feet the support they need with custom Vancouver orthotics . The rain makes for slippery footing. Footwear with support and stability can help prevent slips and falls. To test for the right fit, try your winter shoes on later in the day and try them on with the socks you will wear them with. Wool socks are a great choice because the natural fibers let your feet breathe, wick away moisture, and will still keep your feet warm if they get wet.

Many types of foot pain are caused by cramped toes so make sure your toes fit comfortably in your winter shoes. Shoes should not need to be broken in to feel comfortable. Don’t count on your boots fitting you better over time. In fact, overtime cramped shoes can exacerbate conditions that need more serious treatment, like bunion surgery. If you are already experiencing foot pain or need a consultation about any foot problems you may have including heel pain, nail fungus, bunions, and toe pain, please contact a Vancouver podiatrist at 604-261-9494 in Kerrisdale or at 604-521-7110 in New Westminster to learn about your options.

Published on:November 26, 2014
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Barefoot Running Shoes / Minimalist Foot Wear – Good for your feet?

Barefoot Running

Vancouver Podiatrist, Dr. Roy Mathews, DPM explains the barefoot running trend, barefoot running benefits, and what you need to watch out for when deciding whether or not to wear minimalist running shoes.

Vancouver Podiatry is a state-of-the-art clinic with offices in Kerrisdale and New Westminster, where Vancouver podiatrist, Dr. Roy Mathews and his associates, offer the latest in sports medicine, surgical and non-surgical treatments for foot pain, custom orthotics and on-site bunion surgery.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot Running

Published on:November 26, 2014
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Bunion Surgery by Vancouver Podiatrist, Dr. Roy Mathews – testimonial

Janine K. describes her experience having bunion surgery performed by Vancouver Podiatrist Dr. Roy Mathews at Vancouver Podiatry. For more information visit http://www.doctormathews.com or call now to book a consultation:
NEW WESTMINSTER OFFICE: 604.521.7110 KERRISDALE OFFICE: 604.261.9494

Published on:October 31, 2014
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What is Bunion Surgery Recovery Time with Vancouver Podiatrist, Dr. Roy Mathews?

Vancouver Podiatry Hannah speaks about the recovery time involved when she had bunion surgery on both of her feet by Vancouver Podiatrist, Dr. Roy Mathews.

Published on:October 31, 2014
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Top 5 Bunion Surgery Myths Dispelled by Vancouver Podiatrist

Vancouver podiatrist, Dr. Roy Mathews DPM talks about the top 5 myths about bunion surgery that he has heard from patients over his 20 years of private practice as a podiatrist in Vancouver and New Westminster, BC, Canada.

 

Published on:September 29, 2014
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Canada am Dr. Marla on Plantar fasciitis and bunions

http://canadaam.ctvnews.ca/dr-marla-causes-and-treatments-of-plantar-fasciitis-and-bunions-1.1965799

Dr. Marla reviews heel pain and bunions.  Unfortunately mentions laser surgery for bunions which doesn’t work as laser does not cut bone…Otherwise a good basic overview.

                          

Published on:August 22, 2014
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