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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 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 provide personalised orthotic evaluation and prescription services to individuals residing in Fullarton and the surrounding areas.
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 can help address specific conditions or injuries, such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, or arthritis, providing a more personalised and effective solution for foot and lower leg problems. By taking precise measurements and scans of an individual’s feet, custom orthotics can distribute pressure more evenly across the foot, reduce the risk of further injury, and improve overall foot function.
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 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.
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 millimetre.
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 make sure the orthotics have the best fit for you, a 3D laser precision scan of your feet is conducted. The scan takes accurate measurements of your entire foot, taking into account the variations in foot shapes. A customised, personal assessment of your feet is vital to guarantee the orthotics provide you with the best results.
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.
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.
We stand behind the quality of our orthotics at Adelaide Podiatry Centres. If you are not satisfied with them in any way, we will make adjustments using our in-house laboratory until you are completely happy.