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What are orthotics?
Orthotics are devices that are designed to provide support, cushioning, and alignment to the feet, ankles, and lower legs. They are commonly used to alleviate foot, ankle, and lower leg pain and to correct structural abnormalities such as flat feet or high arches. Orthotics can also help improve balance and stability and can be used to prevent or treat 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.
How Do Orthotics Help?
Orthotic devices are highly effective in improving your mobility and reducing pain, whether they are used to treat existing issues or prevent future ones. According to research studies, 85% of patients who receive orthotic therapy for relevant 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
Adelaide Podiatry Centre’s orthotics are tailored arch supports, personalised for each foot using advanced technology. Our orthotic process and design guarantee that you receive orthotics that provide comfort and support!
The Benefits of Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics are specifically designed to cater to the unique shape and requirements of an individual’s feet, offering a personalised and effective solution to foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. Precise measurements and scans of an individual’s feet are taken to create custom orthotics that provide better support, cushioning, and alignment, leading to pain relief and improved 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.
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.
Custom orthotics made for sports can be customised for comfortable walking or specific sports and activities. They are often made from softer materials to prevent blistering and have support modifications that vary depending on the sport and footwear.
If you need orthotics for slimline or dress shoes like sandals, football boots, or cycling shoes, we can customise them for you. Our digital manufacturing process allows us to size them to the nearest millimetre for the perfect fit.
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.
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
A computerised gait analysis from head to toe is conducted by your podiatrist to understand your walking pattern’s impact on your body. They will review the video footage and provide feedback accordingly.
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
Using the latest CAD cam software, your orthotics are designed from a combination of the podiatrist’s assessment, gait analysis, and the 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 complex and accurate software. The possibilities are endless in CAD cam software, and the orthotics can be designed in various shapes and materials.
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.
During your fitting appointment, your orthotics are double-checked to ensure the perfect fit. We will fit them into your shoes and ensure that you are happy and comfortable before leaving. Our small onsite laboratory means any adjustments can be made on the spot. We understand that orthotics may take some time to adjust to, and we will provide you with instructions to make this transition smoother.
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.