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What are orthotics?
Orthotics are devices that are specifically created to 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 such as flat feet or high arches. Orthotics can also help improve balance and stability and can be employed for both prevention and treatment of 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 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 provide personalised orthotic evaluation and prescription services to individuals residing in Unley and the surrounding areas.
Individual Orthotic Assessment and Design
Adelaide Podiatry Centre’s orthotics are tailored arch supports, personalised for each foot using advanced technology. Our orthotic process and design guarantee that you receive orthotics that provide comfort and support!
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 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
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.
Slim line or dress orthotics are made for more specific shoe types, such as sandals, football boots and cycling shoes, where other styles of orthotics just won’t fit. Due to the fact the orthotics are made digitally we can size them to any width to the nearest millimetre.
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 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
During your appointment, your podiatrist will perform a computerised gait analysis from head to toe. This analysis will allow them to review the video footage and explain how your walking pattern affects 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 custom-designed using a combination of the podiatrist’s assessment, gait analysis, and the 3D laser scan, utilising 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 sophisticated and precise 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.
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.