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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 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 Manningham and surrounds.
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 have a top cover that stops at the end of the orthotic shell – the main component that provides support for your feet. These orthotics 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.
Custom orthotics made for slimline or dress shoes can be tailored to specific shoe types like sandals, football boots and cycling shoes where other types of orthotics may not fit. Since these orthotics are made digitally, they can be sized to the nearest millimetre for a 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
To ensure your custom made orthotics are the perfect fit, size and shape for your feet, our podiatrists perform a detailed analysis. Our orthotic fitting and design process covers a number of assessments to determine your individual requirements and create a precise and accurate pair of orthotics for you.
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
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.
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.