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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.
There are many different types of orthotics available, ranging from off-the-shelf inserts to custom-made devices that are specifically designed to meet an individual’s unique needs. Orthotics can be made from a variety of materials, including foam, plastic, and metal, and can be worn in shoes or as a separate device. They are often prescribed by a podiatrist as an effective treatment option for a range of conditions, including plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and Achilles tendonitis.
How Do Orthotics Help?
Orthotic devices are highly effective in improving your mobility and reducing pain, whether they are used to treat existing issues or prevent future ones. According to research studies, 85% of patients who receive orthotic therapy for relevant injuries report an improvement or complete resolution of pain.
Adelaide Podiatry Centres provide personalised orthotic evaluation and prescription services to individuals residing in Thorngate and the surrounding areas.
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 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.
Sports orthotics can be made for comfortable walking or tailored to a specific sport or activity. They are generally softer to prevent blistering and feature support modifications that depend on 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.
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 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
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.
Manufactured using cutting-edge Australian technology, your custom orthotics are directly milled from various rigid or soft materials. They are custom-tailored 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.
Customer satisfaction is our top priority at Adelaide Podiatry Centres, and we guarantee the quality of our orthotics. If you are not completely satisfied, we have an in-house laboratory to make any necessary adjustments.