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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 can significantly improve your overall well-being, whether they’re used to treat pain or prevent future issues. Studies have shown that 85% of patients who receive orthotic therapy for relevant injuries report an improvement in or complete resolution of pain.
Adelaide Podiatry Centres offer custom orthotic assessment and prescription to residents of Prospect and surrounds.
Individual Orthotic Assessment and Design
Adelaide Podiatry Centre offers singular arch supports, meticulously designed to suit your individual feet using the latest technology. Our orthotic process and design guarantees you receive arch supports that offer comfort and 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 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
With a top cover that stops at the end of the orthotic shell – the primary component that supports your feet – half-length orthotics require less room in the toe box of footwear. This design allows them to be worn with various shoe styles, providing greater flexibility and ease in wearing them.
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.
Orthotics designed for slimline or dress shoes are available and can be tailored to specific shoe types such as sandals, football boots, and cycling shoes. Thanks to our digital manufacturing process, we can size them to the nearest millimetre for the perfect fit.
Courthotics are ultra slim orthotics for shoes where regular sized orthotics are impractical or impossible. This style of orthotic has an adhesive base and can be fit into practically any shoe for that extra support. They are recommended 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.
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
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
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.
Cutting-edge Australian technology is utilised to manufacture your custom orthotics directly from various rigid or soft materials. They are designed to fit your shoes perfectly and colour-coordinate with them.
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.
At Adelaide Podiatry Centres, we guarantee our orthotics. If you are unhappy with them in any way, we will adjust them with our in house laboratory until you are.