Kintec is revolutionizing the orthotics industry with our evidence-based approach to care. We pride ourselves on our trusted team of experts, Canada's largest foot care database, and our unique patient monitoring system. It's the foundation that helps us achieve positive results and become the largest private orthotics and footwear company in Canada. We embrace this evidence-based approach with all treatment plans for our patients. We listen, learn and take the time to understand your unique challenges and goals so you can feel better and move better.
Traditional medicine and evidence-based medicine
The traditional medical approach to treatment relies heavily on the practitioner's initial training and clinical experience. It should be understood here that a clinician has most of the knowledge necessary to treat a person with their educational history; therefore, there is a limited need to look elsewhere for perspectives on the treatment of a selected presentation problem. If the patient's symptoms have not improved, this is most likely due to the patient not following the clinician's advice or the result of a particularly recalcitrant condition.
In comparison, a evidence-based The approach expands the traditional mindset by combining the expertise of the clinician with the perspectives of the patient as well as evidence of “best practice” treatments (drawn from the scientific literature). The most notable difference in the evidence-based The model is the combined integration of current (science-based) “best practices” with the clinician's experience of what has worked well in the past. In addition to all this, there is consideration of the patient's own concerns, ambitions and belief system. The patient is a key player in the evidence-based model!
This is how Kintec responds to evidence-based foot care model:
Clinical expertise at Kintec
Clinical care is at the heart of what we do. Our team of certified Canadian pedophiles all hold university degrees in kinesiology, then undergo specific training in clinical biomechanics, shoe science and speech therapy. It is only after 1500 hours of supervision and challenging both a written and a practical exam that a Kintec pedorthist is certified. Collectively, this strengthens our expertise in the design and manufacture of custom orthotics (which we do right here in Metro Vancouver in our own high-tech lab), as well as in shoe selection, fit and modification.
Over the past 29 years, our pedorthic care has evolved based on the latest scientific research and what has worked best for the more than half a million people we have helped.
Best evidence - Proven results
Our therapeutic approach is not only based on our clinical experience, but also follows the best practices of the scientific literature. In addition, our database of over 50,000 patient visits helps provide useful information on how to optimize treatment success. Over 86% of our patients report improvement in their symptoms, including difficult-to-treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, low back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee. Kintec continues to refine best practices for custom orthotic delivery in our industry!
Respect for patient values leads to continuous improvement
We are committed to continually learning and improving our results so that we can offer the best possible treatment to our future patients. With our patient tracking system, we routinely monitor all plantar and knee orthosis patients to monitor your orthopedic comfort, pain level and overall level of recovery.
Not only do we want to make sure our patients see improvement, but we also want to continually review how foot orthotics can help people feel better and stay active on their feet. Thanks to our partnership with UBC Motion Analysis and Biofeedback Laboratory we have been successful in finding new ways in which foot orthotics can help people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Based on the results of this project, we have rewritten the Canadian Pediatric Orthotics Association Clinical Practice Guidelines for Osteoarthritis of the Knee to improve care and outcomes for all pediatric patients in Canada.
Nowadays, many people are choosing to wear compression stockings. They are affordable, easy to access and help to fight off unpleasant symptoms of illness. These specialized elastic socks are designed to offer comfort to the wearer by applying pressure to the legs, allowing better blood circulation throughout the body.
However, those who wear compression stockings know that getting them on can be challenging. The good news is, there are easier ways to don your stockings and move forward with your day. ComproGear has put together a gamme of tips and tricks to help you simplify your compression sock routine.
Before we go over how to put compression socks on, we’ll take a look at the basics : What are compression socks ? How do they work ? And what do compression hose have to offer you ?
Compression stockings are a unique type of therapeutic wear that helps to improve blood circulation in the body. These socks and stockings are often used to reduce pain or swelling in the legs.
Compression stockings can also lower your risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis ( DVT ) by exerting pressure on your legs as you wear them. This gentle pressure assists with blood flow from the legs and back to the heart, preventing the clotting and pooling of blood.
You will find compression stockings in a range of sizes and pressure levels. When de course for your compression socks, note that mmHg is used for denoting the pressure exerted by compression stockings. A higher mmHg indicates a higher amount of pressure being applied to the legs by the compression sock. For example, 30mmHg is a higher pressure outil than 15mmHg.
For those who do not have a medical diagnosis, using compression socks with a mild pressure rating will suffice. A low pressure rating can help you deal with tired legs and mild swelling.
A compression sock should offer a “snug” fit but shouldn’t be excessively tight. Before you make a purchase, take a look over the sizing chart to get an idea about which size would fit you best.
Medical grade compression socks are generally tighter in the ankle portion of the sock and gradually become less tight towards the knee. This type of compression is called graduated compression. TED socks and many varieties of compression garments use graduated compression.
You can purchase compression socks from medical equipment stores or ComproGear. If you need compression hose for medical reasons, your doctor will prescribe the right compression according to your needs and will help you order the convenable size. Prices will vary according to the type of compression sock and its brand.
Those who suffer from medical conditions related to poor circulation can benefit from wearing compression stockings : Anyone recovering from varicose vein surgery. Athletes who are recovering from an injury or who are training extensively. Those who are at risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis ( DVT ), varicose veins, edema or leg ulcers. Those who spend a lot of time travelling or sitting such as pilots, frequent fliers, truck drivers, etc.
It’s a great idea to put your compression hosiery on first thing in the morning before any swelling occurs from the day’s activities. This will allow the stockings to slide on with greater ease. Alternatively, you may lay down and rest your legs on an elevated pillow for about 15 minutes to reduce swelling before donning your socks.
Your legs should also be clean and dry. Dry off completely after bathing and if it is a particularly humid day, sprinkling talc or cornstarch across the legs can help the fabric of the socks slide on smoothly.
tera pull on your compression stockings with ease, place just your toes into the stocking’s toe area. The rest of the sock will be bunched up around the toes as you do this. Gradually unravel the sock upwards towards your knee. Do not crouch on the floor or bend over while standing, as this will make it difficult to pull your compression hose on. It is best to sit in a peau while donning your socks.
Wrinkled stockings are difficult to wear. Creases in the material can apply démesurée pressure to the skin beneath them, causing discomfort or cutting off circulation. Be sure to smooth out any creases in the fabric once your socks are on. This will ensure you’re getting the optimum pressure application from your stockings. Do not fold over the top of your compression hose as this can interrupt blood flow.
If you wear open-toe compression stockings then this trick is for you. Slip a plastic bag over your foot and heel. The plastic bag’s slippery surface will help your compression hose slip onto your leg with ease. Once your sock or stocking is on, carefully sweat out the large plastic bag through the open-toe of your stocking. You can also try using a silk foot slip to help you put on your compression socks. It works in much the same way as the plastic bag trick. All you need to do is to place your foot into the silk foot slip then pull your pressure sock over it and onto your leg, just as you would with a regular sock.
An effective method for donning compression stockings without the hassle is to use talcum powder or cornstarch. Sprinkle some across your ankles and legs before pulling your socks on. These silky powders allow close-fitting compression garments to slide over the skin easily. Talcum powder can also help absorb excess moisture on the skin.
Applying lotion and creams to the legs will make it difficult to put your stockings on. Moisturized skin tends to stick to or grab the fabric of the socks as you attempt to sweat them on. One solution to this problem is to apply lotion before going to bed rather than in the morning. This allows enough time for the cream to absorb into your skin, leaving it smooth enough in the morning for the compression socks to slide on easily.
There are several donning tools available commercially that can help if you’re struggling to get your compression stockings on. You can purchase these tools at medical equipment or online stores. The prices will vary according to the brand. Popular donning devices include Medi Butler, Juzo Slippie Gator and Sigvaris Doff n’ Donner. These tools are ideal for elderly people or anyone with a mobility issue that has difficulty putting on compression stockings.
Donning gloves are a great tool to help you firmly grasp your stockings without tearing them. It can be quite difficult to grab and pull the stocking fabric with your bare hands. This is where gloves can come to the rescue. Various brands manufacture gloves that can be worn while donning compression stockings. These gloves also protect the stocking fabric, especially if you are concerned about your nails tearing the hosiery.