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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.
Orthotics are available in many different forms, including off-the-shelf inserts and custom-made devices that are specifically designed to meet an individual’s unique requirements. They can be made from a variety of materials, including foam, plastic, and metal, and can be worn inside shoes or as a separate device. Podiatrists frequently prescribe them as an effective treatment option for a variety of ailments, such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and Achilles tendonitis.
How Do Orthotics Help?
Orthotic devices offer an excellent solution to enhance your daily life, whether they’re used to alleviate pain or prevent future issues. Studies have demonstrated that 85% of patients who receive orthotic therapy for related injuries report an improvement or complete resolution of pain, making them an excellent treatment option.
Adelaide Podiatry Centres offer custom orthotic assessment and prescription to residents of Eastwood and surrounds.
Individual Orthotic Assessment and Design
Adelaide Podiatry Centre provides exclusive arch supports that are individually crafted for each foot, utilising cutting-edge technology. Our orthotic process and design ensures that your orthotics fit well and provide tailored 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 offer a solution that is tailored to specific foot and lower leg problems, such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, or arthritis, providing customised support and comfort. By distributing pressure more evenly across the foot, custom orthotics can reduce the risk of further injury and improve overall foot function. Compared to off-the-shelf inserts, custom orthotics are more durable and longer-lasting, making them a cost-effective option in the long run.
Standard Half Length Orthotics
Half-length orthotics offer a unique design, with a top cover that stops at the end of the orthotic shell – the primary component that provides support for your feet. This design allows them to require less room in the toe box of footwear, providing greater flexibility and ease in wearing them with different shoe styles.
Orthotics made for sports can be designed for comfortable walking or customised for particular sports and activities. Sports orthotics are typically crafted from softer materials to prevent blistering and feature support modifications that are tailored to 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.
Orthotics designed for shoes where regular-sized orthotics aren’t practical are available. Courthotics are ultra-slim and have an adhesive base that makes them easy to fit into almost any shoe, making them a great choice for heels and open shoes.
The Orthotic Fitting Process
At our podiatry clinic, we use a detailed analysis to ensure that your custom-made orthotics are the perfect fit, size and shape for your feet. Our orthotic fitting and design process involves several assessments to determine your individual requirements and create orthotics that are precise and accurate for your needs.
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
To custom-design your orthotics, the podiatrist’s assessment, gait analysis, and 3D laser scan are combined using the latest CAD cam software. 3D laser scan files are uploaded to a computer, where the orthotic’s shape is matched to your feet using highly advanced and accurate software.
After the design process, your custom orthotics are manufactured using cutting-edge Australian technology, directly milled from different rigid or soft materials. They are 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.
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.