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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.
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 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 Klemzig 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
Custom orthotics are specifically created to fit an individual’s feet’ unique shape and requirements, offering a more personalised and efficient solution to foot, ankle, and lower leg issues. By precisely measuring and scanning an individual’s feet, custom orthotics can provide better support, cushioning, and alignment, ultimately alleviating pain and improving 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
The top cover of half-length orthotics stops at the end of the orthotic shell, which is the primary component that supports your feet. These orthotics require less room in the toe box of footwear, making them versatile and easy to wear with various 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.
Orthotics designed for slimline or dress shoes can be customised for specific shoe types, including sandals, football boots and cycling shoes, where other styles of orthotics may not fit. These orthotics are made digitally and can be sized to the nearest millimetre for a 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 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.
During the consultation, your practitioner will perform a biomechanical assessment of your hips, knees, ankles, and feet. This assessment is vital to ensure that the orthotic prescription caters to your specific body type, feet, and needs. As everyone is different, 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
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.
To ensure the perfect fit, your orthotics are double-checked during your fitting appointment. We will fit them into your shoes and make sure you are comfortable and satisfied before you leave. Our onsite laboratory is available for minor adjustments, so there is no need for you to come back. We will provide you with instructions to help you adjust to the orthotics, as it may take some time.
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.