Custom Orthotics Glenunga
Orthotic devices can greatly enhance your standard of living whether it be a solution to pain or prevention of future issues. Our Adelaide Podiatrists offer custom orthotics for local Glenunga residents.
Research studies have found that 85% of patients who receive orthotic therapy for relevant injuries report an improvement to complete resolution of pain.
Adelaide Podiatry Centre’s orthotics are unique arch supports, custom designed for individual feet utilizing the most cutting edge technology.
Advanced Technology Means less costly Orthotics
Our 3D orthotic devices are laser manufactured and there are two benefits from using cutting edge technology over hand-made devices:
- Exceptional accuracy to prescription: +/- 0.5mm (man made are subject to hand-eye error)
- Far less labour costs (laboratory technicians are $40 an hour)
Due to reduced labour costs you will found our more accurate devices are $150 to $300 less than other prescribers. You may qualify for a GAP FREE orthotic pair.
What can I expect from the custom orthotic design process?
Your practitioner will perform a biomechanical assessment of your hips, knees, ankle and feet. This biomechanical assessment is important to make sure that the orthotic prescription is going to meet your body type, feet and your needs. Every person is different and so it is important to look at each person individually.
3D Foot Scan
A 3D laser precision scan of your feet is then done. This takes accurate measurements of your whole foot to make sure the orthotics have the best fit for you. Feet shapes can vary and so it is important to have a customized, personal assessment so that your orthotics give you the best results.
3D CadCam Orthotic Design
Your orthotics are designed from a combination of the podiatrist’s assessment, gait analysis and the 3d laser scan using the latest CAD cam software. 3D laser scan files are uploaded to a computer where the shape of the orthotic is matched to your feet using highly complex and accurate software. Possibilities are endless in CAD cam software and the orthotics can be designed in many different shapes and materials.
Your custom orthotics are then manufactured by using cutting edge Australian technology and direct milled from various rigid or soft materials. They are designed to fit and colour coordinate your shoes.
Your orthotics are double checked your fitting appointment. In this appointment we will fit the orthotics into your shoes and make sure you are happy and comfortable before you leave. We have a small onsite laboratory so you will not need to come back. Orthotics may take time to adjust to and we will give you instructions to smoothen this transition.
If you are a referring practitioner or scientifically minded we at Adelaide Podiatry Centres have dug up a few studies which evaluated the patient satisfaction of orthotics in terms of their effectiveness and comfort:
- Walter JH, Ng G, Stoitz JJ: A patient satisfaction survey on prescription custom-molded foot orthoses. JAPMA, 94:363-367, 2004.
In a 2004 study of 275 patients that had custom foot orthoses for over a year, the majority of subjects obtained between 60-100% relief of symptoms with only 9% reporting no relief of symptoms.
- Moraros J, Hodge W: Orthotic survey: Preliminary results. JAPMA, 83:139-148, 1993
In a 1993 study, 83% of 520 patients were satisfied and 95% reported their problem had partially or completely resolved with orthoses.
- Donnatelli R, Hurlbert C, et al: Biomechanical foot orthotics: A retrospective study. J Ortho Sp Phys Ther, 10:205-212, 1988.
In a study of 81 patients, 91% were “satisfied with orthoses” and 52% “wouldn’t leave home without them”.
Please note these studies are over 10 years old and orthotic technology has changed and we at Adelaide Podiatry Centres have cutting edge technology.