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What are orthotics?
Orthotics are specially designed devices that provide support, cushioning, and alignment to the feet, ankles, and lower legs. They are frequently used to alleviate foot, ankle, and lower leg pain and to correct structural abnormalities like flat feet or high arches. Orthotics can also improve balance and stability, making them an excellent preventative or treatment option for 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 can significantly improve your overall well-being, whether they’re used to treat pain or prevent future issues. Studies have shown that 85% of patients who receive orthotic therapy for relevant injuries report an improvement in or complete resolution of pain.
If you’re a resident of Brompton or nearby areas, Adelaide Podiatry Centres offer custom orthotic assessment and prescription services to help you improve your foot health.
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
Custom orthotics are designed to cater to the unique shape and needs of each individual’s feet, providing a more personalised and effective solution for foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. By taking precise measurements and scans of an individual’s feet, custom orthotics can provide better support, cushioning, and alignment, which can help alleviate pain and improve mobility.
Custom orthotics can also be designed to address specific conditions or injuries, such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, or arthritis. They can help distribute pressure more evenly across the foot, reduce the risk of further injury, and improve overall foot function. Custom orthotics can be more durable and longer-lasting than off-the-shelf inserts, making them a more cost-effective option in the long run. Custom orthotics can provide a more comprehensive and tailored solution for foot and lower leg problems, leading to improved comfort, mobility, and quality of life.
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.
Sports orthotics can be made for comfortable walking or tailored to a specific sport or activity. They are generally softer to prevent blistering and feature support modifications that depend 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
Our podiatrists perform a thorough analysis to ensure that your custom-made orthotics fit perfectly. Our orthotic fitting and design process includes multiple assessments to determine your unique requirements and create orthotics that are precise and accurate for your needs.
A biomechanical assessment of your hips, knees, ankles, and feet is conducted by your practitioner to ensure that the orthotic prescription is tailored to your specific body type, feet, and requirements. Every person is unique, which is why it is important to assess each case individually.
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
To guarantee the orthotics provide you with the best results, a 3D laser precision scan of your feet is conducted. This scan takes accurate measurements of your entire foot, accounting for the variations in foot shapes.
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.
Using the latest Australian technology, your custom orthotics are manufactured by direct milling from different rigid or soft materials. They are custom-designed to fit and colour-coordinate with your shoes.
To ensure the perfect fit, your orthotics are double-checked during your fitting appointment. We will fit them into your shoes and ensure that you are comfortable and happy before you leave. Our small onsite laboratory means that we can perform any needed adjustments on the spot and you won’t need to come back. We understand that orthotics may take time to adjust to, and we will give you instructions to help you make this transition smoother.
At Adelaide Podiatry Centres, we stand behind our orthotics with a satisfaction guarantee. Our in-house laboratory allows us to make any necessary adjustments until you are completely happy with your orthotics.