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What are orthotics?
Orthotics are custom-made devices that offer support, cushioning, and alignment to the feet, ankles, and lower legs. They are often used to alleviate foot, ankle, and lower leg pain and to correct structural abnormalities such as flat feet or high arches. Orthotics can also enhance balance and stability and are useful in both preventing and treating 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 Wayville and surrounds.
Individual Orthotic Assessment and Design
At Adelaide Podiatry Centre, we offer one-of-a-kind arch supports that are custom-made to fit your unique feet using state-of-the-art technology. Our orthotic process and design promise to deliver orthotics that are comfortable, supportive and meet your specific needs!
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 are designed to provide a tailored solution to specific foot and lower leg problems, such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, or arthritis. By taking accurate measurements and scans of an individual’s feet, custom orthotics can help 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 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.
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 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.
To ensure that the orthotic prescription caters to your body type, feet, and requirements, your practitioner will conduct a biomechanical assessment of your hips, knees, ankles, and feet. It is crucial to assess each person individually as every individual is unique.
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.
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.
At Adelaide Podiatry Centres, we stand behind our orthotics with a satisfaction guarantee. Our in-house laboratory allows us to make any necessary adjustments until you are completely happy with your orthotics.