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Orthotics Royston Park
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 offer custom orthotic assessment and prescription to residents of Royston Park and surrounds.
Individual Orthotic Assessment and Design
Adelaide Podiatry Centre provides exclusive arch supports that are individually crafted for each foot, utilising cutting-edge technology. Our orthotic process and design ensures that your orthotics fit well and provide tailored support.
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 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
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 designed for sports can be tailored to comfortable walking or specific sports and activities. They are often made with softer materials to prevent blistering and have support modifications that are customised based on the sport and footwear.
If you need orthotics for slimline or dress shoes like sandals, football boots, or cycling shoes, we can customise them for you. Our digital manufacturing process allows us to 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
At our podiatry clinic, we use a detailed analysis to ensure that your custom-made orthotics are the perfect fit, size and shape for your feet. Our orthotic fitting and design process involves several assessments to determine your individual requirements and create orthotics that are precise and accurate for your needs.
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
Following the assessment, a 3D laser precision scan of your feet is conducted to ensure the orthotics have the best fit for you. Accurate measurements of your entire foot are taken to cater to the variations in foot shapes.
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.
Your custom orthotics are then manufactured by using cutting edge Australian technology and direct milled from various rigid or soft materials. They are designed to fit and colour coordinate your shoes.
To ensure the perfect fit, your orthotics are double-checked during your fitting appointment. We will fit them into your shoes and ensure that you are comfortable and happy before you leave. Our small onsite laboratory means that we can perform any needed adjustments on the spot and you won’t need to come back. We understand that orthotics may take time to adjust to, and we will give you instructions to help you make this transition smoother.
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.