North Adelaide & Eastwood
Adelaide Podiatry Clinics offer care and treatment throughout Adelaide including North Adelaide, Eastwood, Fullarton, Prospect, Unley, Parkside, Dulwich, Malvern, Kingswood, Goodwood, Glenside, and Fitzroy.
How do orthotics help?
Orthotic devices can greatly enhance your standard of living whether it be a solution to pain or prevention of future issues.
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. Our orthotic process & design will ensure you receive orthotics that fit comfortably, support your feet and that you are happy with!
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 cost you $150 to $300 less than other prescribers. You may also qualify for a GAP FREE pair of orthotics.
What can orthotics treat?
Orthotics can assist in the treatment of:
Types of Orthotics
Standard Half Length Orthotics
Half length orthotics where the top cover stops at the end of the orthotic shell - the main part that provides support for your feet. Half length orthotics require less room in the toe box of footwear, allowing flexibility and ease in wearing your orthotics across a range of shoe styles.
Orthotics made specifically for comfortable walking or tailored to a particular sport or activity. Sports orthotics are generaly made softer to prevent blistering, and support-modified dependent on the sport and footwear.
Slim line or dress orthotics are made for more specific shoe types, such as sandals, football boots and cycling shoes, where other styles of orthotics just won’t fit. Due to the fact the orthotics are made digitally we can size them to any width to the nearest millimeter.
Ultra slim orthotics for shoes where regular sized orthotics are impractical or impossible. This style of orthotic has an adhesive base and can be fit into practically any shoe for that extra support. They are recommended for heels and open shoes.
The Orthotic Fitting Process
To ensure your custom made orthotics are the perfect fit, size and shape for your feet, our podiatrists perform a detailed analysis. Our orthotic fitting and design process covers a number of assessments to determine your individual requirements and create a precise and accurate pair of orthotics for you.
Your podiatrist will perform a biomechanical assessment of your hips, knees, ankle and feet. This assessment is important to make sure that the orthotic prescription is going to meet your body type, feet and your needs.
Computerised Gait Analysis
Your podiatrist will perform a computerised gait analysis head to toe to assess your walking pattern and it's impact on your body.
3D Foot Scan
A 3D laser precision scan of your feet is then performed. This takes accurate measurements of your whole foot to make sure the orthotics are the best fit for you.
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 to match the shape of your orthotics to your feet.
Your custom orthotics are manufactured from the design using cutting edge Australian technology and direct milled from various rigid or soft materials.
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.
At Adelaide Podiatry Centres, we guarantee our orthotics. If you are unhappy with them in any way, we will adjust them with our in house laboratory until you are.
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.