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Orthotics Bowden

What are orthotics?  

Orthotics are custom-made devices that offer support, cushioning, and alignment to the feet, ankles, and lower legs. They are often used to alleviate foot, ankle, and lower leg pain and to correct structural abnormalities such as flat feet or high arches. Orthotics can also enhance balance and stability and are useful in both preventing and treating injuries. 

An extensive range of orthotics is available, from off-the-shelf inserts to custom-made devices that are designed to cater to an individual’s specific needs. Orthotics can be made from various materials, including foam, plastic, and metal, and can be worn inside shoes or as a separate device. Podiatrists frequently recommend them as a highly effective treatment option for various conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and Achilles tendonitis. 

Orthotics Bowden

How Do Orthotics Help? 

Orthotic devices have the potential to enhance your quality of life, be it by alleviating pain or preventing future problems. Research studies have found that 85% of patients who undergo orthotic therapy for related injuries report an improvement or complete resolution of pain. 

Adelaide Podiatry Centres cater to the orthotic needs of residents of Bowden and its neighbouring communities by offering tailored assessment and prescription services. 

Individual Orthotic Assessment and Design  

At Adelaide Podiatry Centre, we offer one-of-a-kind arch supports that are custom-made to fit your unique feet using state-of-the-art technology. Our orthotic process and design promise to deliver orthotics that are comfortable, supportive and meet your specific needs!  

The Benefits of Custom Orthotics 

A custom orthotic is a tailored solution that caters to the unique shape and needs of an individual’s feet, offering an effective solution to foot, ankle, and lower leg issues. By taking accurate measurements and scans of an individual’s feet, custom orthotics provide better support, cushioning, and alignment, which can help alleviate pain and improve mobility. 

Custom orthotics provide a customised and comprehensive solution for foot and lower leg problems, such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, or arthritis. By distributing pressure more evenly across the foot, custom orthotics can reduce the risk of further injury and improve overall foot function. Custom orthotics are more durable and longer-lasting than off-the-shelf inserts, making them a cost-effective option in the long run, ultimately leading to improved comfort, mobility, and quality of life. 

Types of Orthotics

At our podiatry clinics, we provide multiple types of orthotics to cater to different conditions, including: 

Standard Half Length Orthotics

With a top cover that stops at the end of the orthotic shell – the primary component that supports your feet – half-length orthotics require less room in the toe box of footwear. This design allows them to be worn with various shoe styles, providing greater flexibility and ease in wearing them. 

Sporthotics

Orthotics made specifically for comfortable walking or tailored to a particular sport or activity. Sports orthotics are generally made softer to prevent blistering, and support-modified dependent on the sport and footwear. 

Slimthotics

Custom orthotics made for slimline or dress shoes can be tailored to specific shoe types like sandals, football boots and cycling shoes where other types of orthotics may not fit. Since these orthotics are made digitally, they can be sized to the nearest millimetre for a perfect fit. 

Courthotics

Customised courthotics are ultra-slim orthotics that can be fitted into practically any shoe where regular-sized orthotics may not work. They have an adhesive base and can provide extra support for heels and open shoes. 

The Orthotic Fitting Process

At our podiatry clinic, we take pride in ensuring that your custom-made orthotics fit perfectly. Our orthotic fitting and design process includes a comprehensive analysis to determine your individual requirements and create a precise and accurate pair of orthotics. 

Biomechanical Examination

To ensure that the orthotic prescription caters to your body type, feet, and requirements, your practitioner will conduct a biomechanical assessment of your hips, knees, ankles, and feet. It is crucial to assess each person individually as every individual is unique. 

Computerised Gait Analysis

Your podiatrist will perform a computerised gait analysis head to toe. They will replay the video footage and inform you how this walking pattern impacts your body. 

3D Foot Scan

A customised, personal assessment of your feet is conducted to ensure the orthotics give you the best results. This assessment includes a 3D laser precision scan of your feet that takes accurate measurements of your entire foot. 

3D CadCam Orthotic Design

Your orthotics are designed using the latest CAD cam software, combining the podiatrist’s assessment, gait analysis, and 3D laser scan. The 3D laser scan files are uploaded to a computer, where the orthotic’s shape is matched to your feet using highly sophisticated and precise software. The possibilities for designing the orthotics in different shapes and materials are endless in CAD cam software.

Orthotic Manufacture

Manufactured using cutting-edge Australian technology, your custom orthotics are directly milled from various rigid or soft materials. They are custom-tailored to fit and colour-coordinate with your shoes. 

Orthotic Fitting

Your fitting appointment is an opportunity to double-check your orthotics’ fit. We will fit them into your shoes and ensure your comfort and satisfaction before you leave. Our onsite laboratory means that there is no need for you to come back for adjustments to your orthotics. We will provide you with instructions to make the transition to the orthotics smoother, as it may take some time to adjust. 

Our Guarantee

Customer satisfaction is our top priority at Adelaide Podiatry Centres, and we guarantee the quality of our orthotics. If you are not completely satisfied, we have an in-house laboratory to make any necessary adjustments. 

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