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Addressing A Childs Needs

Here at Action Orthotics & Prosthetics we offer full time pediatric services in Penticton and surrounding area. We now also offer clinics in Oliver, Osoyoos and Princeton.

Children are not just little adults. They have special needs that must be considered when providing prosthetic and orthotic care. Children should be able to play with their peers without fear of the prosthetic or orthotic easily breaking or becoming damaged. Children grow and these growth changes and physical play demands must be taken into consideration when designing their new prosthetic or orthotic device.

At Action Orthotics & Prosthetics we work with children with a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Excessive pronation or supination (flat or high arch feet)
  • Excessive internal or external rotation of the feet
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Plagiocephaly/Brachycephaly (lose the space between this line and the next)
  • Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Idiopathic Toe-Walking
  • Club Foot
  • Congenital Dislocating Hip Disorder (CDHD)
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries (Sever’s Disease, Osgood-Schlatter Disease, etc.)



Pediatric Orthotic Funding

All children in B.C. are eligible for orthotic funding through the government run pharmacare program until they are 18 years of age. This program covers most custom or customized fit orthotics from the ankle and up. It will not cover custom foot orthotics or accommodative footwear. Whether your Orthosis is funded 100% is based on family income and that determines whether you will have a yearly deductible to pay. If your child has been accepted into the “At-Home” program, that generally means they will have 100% coverage on eligible orthotic services, but eligibility into this program is based on severity of your child’s condition. Once you have registered for Pharmacare, we will take your prescription and submit our paperwork for orthotic approval on your behalf. Approvals can take 2-3 weeks to come in.

Pediatric orthotic services are also funded through private extended benefit plans. Which often cover the majority of the costs associated with an orthotic device, or they will pay the patient portion owing on claims submitted through pharmacare. Extended benefit plans may also cover custom made foot orthotics that pharmacare does not.

Call us today and we can help with many of your funding needs or questions.