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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 come in a variety of types, from off-the-shelf inserts to custom-made devices that are tailored to meet an individual’s unique needs. Orthotics are made from a range of materials, such as foam, plastic, and metal, and can be worn in shoes or as a separate device. A podiatrist typically prescribes them as an effective treatment option for a range of conditions, 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 Norwood and surrounds.
Individual Orthotic Assessment and Design
Adelaide Podiatry Centre’s orthotics are unique arch supports, custom designed for individual feet utilising the most cutting edge technology. Our orthotic process & design will ensure you receive orthotics that fit comfortably, support your feet and that you are happy with!
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 provide a customised and comprehensive solution for foot and lower leg problems, such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, or arthritis. By distributing pressure more evenly across the foot, custom orthotics can reduce the risk of further injury and improve overall foot function. Custom orthotics are more durable and longer-lasting than off-the-shelf inserts, making them a cost-effective option in the long run, ultimately 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.
Custom orthotics made for sports can be customised for comfortable walking or specific sports and activities. They are often made from softer materials to prevent blistering and have support modifications that vary depending on 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.
If regular-sized orthotics are impractical or impossible, courthotics are a great alternative. These ultra-slim orthotics have an adhesive base and can fit into practically any shoe, making them an ideal option for heels and open shoes.
The Orthotic Fitting Process
To ensure that your custom-made orthotics are the perfect size and shape for your feet, our podiatrists perform a detailed analysis. Our orthotic fitting and design process covers several assessments to determine your unique 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
Your podiatrist will conduct a computerised gait analysis from head to toe. They will review the video footage and inform you how your walking pattern impacts your body.
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
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.
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.