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Orthotics: What Are They?

An orthotic is a special shoe insert that can be used to treat various foot conditions, as well as support abnormal foot movement. There are many different types available, varying in material and features based on who has made them and what sort of condition you suffer from. In fact, orthotics have been used to treat foot pain and improve comfort for more than 100 years now. The materials and theory behind them have evolved and changed over time, but the idea remains the same. At Doubleview Podiatry, we aim to provide orthotic treatment that is based on the latest evidence to provide you with a solution best suited to your individual needs.

 

What conditions may orthotics help?

Heel pain

This addresses issues such as heel pain, plantar fasciitis, arch pain, metatarsalgia, and the general fatigue and soreness of your feet. Custom orthotics are tailored to alleviate pressure in high-stress areas and restore your feet’s natural functionality, ultimately reducing pain.

Injuries

This encompasses chronic ankle sprains, arthritic conditions, bursitis, tendonitis, trauma, and fractures. Utilising custom orthotics has a track record of accelerating injury recovery and reducing the risk of future re-injury.

 

 

 

 

 

Forefoot pain

Pain experienced on the top of the foot can have several causes, with the most common being overuse from activities such as extensive running, jumping, and kicking (such as extensor tendonitis). Tight-fitting shoes can also be a contributing factor to forefoot pain.

Flat Feet

For some individuals, flat feet can result in discomfort in the feet, legs, and lower back, hampering their ability to stand, walk, and carry out everyday tasks. Tight tendons, congenital or injury-related bony deformities, and obesity are among the factors that can contribute to flat feet.

Arthritic Conditions

For individuals dealing with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other arthritic conditions, customised orthotics play a crucial role. These orthotics are designed to be soft, gentle, and accommodating, offering both shock absorption and gait abnormality control.

 

Children and Orthotics

Some children have a tendency to in-toe, out-toe, suffer from excessive foot pronation, or have other types of developmental issues (including growing pains or frequent tripping/falling). Your podiatrist will assess their age, medical history, family history, activity level, whether any trauma has occurred, symptoms, and gait as part of their analysis. Custom foot orthotics can be part of the solution, both short and long-term, depending on the situation. We only recommend orthotics when your child truly needs them.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and there are many other conditions that custom orthotics can assist with. If you’re uncertain whether orthotics are suitable for your needs, we strongly recommend scheduling an appointment with a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and an open conversation about the potential advantages.

 

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The Zebris Gait Analysis System

When faced with foot pain, particularly in the arch area, the initial impulse often leans toward seeking increased cushioning. A softer sole or added cushioning can provide immediate relief, but they frequently fail to address the underlying cause of the discomfort. This is a common oversight for individuals considering orthotics. Knowing which orthotic is suitable for your specific needs and leveraging our Zebris Gait Analysis system can spare you from both unnecessary expenses and ongoing pain. Our system relies on state-of-the-art German technology and engineering, featuring an impressive array of more than 30,000 pressure sensors seamlessly integrated into the treadmill’s base. Complemented by two cameras—one positioned on the side and another at the rear—this system delivers a remarkably precise and unbiased analysis of your every step. This invaluable data serves as the cornerstone for diagnosing and treating misalignments and asymmetries, and it plays a pivotal role in developing a comprehensive rehabilitation plan, which may include the creation of customised foot orthotics.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do custom orthotics compare to over the counter orthotics?

What distinguishes custom orthotics from over-the-counter orthotics? Custom orthotics are personalised inserts created to fit snugly inside your shoes, offering support for a wide range of foot conditions and pathologies. These orthotics are meticulously crafted to match the precise contours of your feet. The process of fabricating custom orthotics involves capturing an exact replica of your foot. While traditional plaster casts were historically used for this purpose, modern technology has shifted to 3D cameras and comprehensive biomechanical assessments. On the other hand, over-the-counter orthotics are readily available for purchase without the need for customisation. They are designed to accommodate a standardised foot shape and are typically sized based on shoe size or may require trimming to fit your specific needs. While over-the-counter orthotics do provide some cushioning, their lack of personalisation makes it less likely that they can effectively address the root causes of your foot condition. While custom orthotics may initially come at a higher cost, their superior therapeutic efficacy justifies the investment compared to non-custom orthotics.

Will I get the same results from all orthotics?

In a nutshell, no. Orthotic shells can be crafted from diverse materials and may feature different types of top covers. When your podiatrist prescribes orthotics, they take into account your individual requirements and the specific condition you’re addressing to ensure your ongoing comfort.

Will I have to wear orthotics forever?

Whether you need to wear orthotics indefinitely or for a shorter duration depends on your unique circumstances and the specific conditions you’re dealing with. Your podiatrist will address this question when crafting your customised treatment plan, tailored to your individual needs.

How Long Do Orthotics Typically Last, and Is Regular Assessment Necessary?

This can depend on many factors. The amount of force you apply to your orthotic is directly disproportional to the length of time it will last. Also, different types of orthotic materials wear at different rates (depending on their molecular properties). This is why we recommend a yearly assessment of your custom orthotics, just to make sure it’s still functioning the way it was originally intended to.

How are orthotics made?

The creation of custom orthotics involves a well-defined process. After your podiatrist has determined the necessity for custom orthotics to address your specific concern and has completed the diagnostic phase to identify the precise type of orthotic needed, the manufacturing journey commences.Here at Doubleview Podiatry, we employ state-of-the-art 3D camera technology to capture the distinctive structure of your feet. This digital image is then digitally transmitted to our orthotic laboratory in WA. In the laboratory, CadCam technology takes the lead in meticulously crafting your custom device, adhering precisely to the foot contours outlined in your podiatrist’s prescription. Finally, soft top covers, typically of a gentle nature, are added to provide the device with its finishing touch.

How long does it take to make orthotics?

Given the complexity of the process, it’s quite impressive how quickly orthotics can be manufactured. Ordinarily, the standard turnaround time for most orthotics is one week, but under special circumstances, this can be accelerated to a mere 2 days. Should you require orthotics urgently, we encourage you to reach out to your podiatrist for guidance.

Why Book with Doubleview Podiatry?

Skilled Practitioners

With more than three decades of experience in providing personalized foot care, our Perth podiatrists are seasoned professionals you can rely on for your foot health.

Non-Invasive Treatments

Our commitment lies in assisting patients in discovering comfortable footwear, orthotics, and other non-invasive therapies.

Conveniently Situated

We take pride in being the top choice for foot care in Perth and the surrounding region. Our clinic offers ample parking and easy access to public transportation.

Our Orthotics Guarantee

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We have unwavering confidence in the effectiveness of the Doubleview Podiatry Zebris Orthotic Program. Based on our extensive experience and clinical evaluations, we firmly believe that individually prescribed orthotics offer the most effective approach for addressing a wide range of conditions and yield superior clinical outcomes. Recognising that investing in orthotics is a significant decision, we aim to simplify it for you by assuming a substantial portion of the risk through our unique Orthotic Guarantee.

If, within the first 60 days of receiving your orthotics, you do not experience significant improvement in your current condition or are dissatisfied with the product for any reason, we are committed to the following:

We will make the necessary adjustments to your orthotics to ensure your complete satisfaction, and these adjustments will be provided to you at no additional cost. (Please note that the initial orthotic review is included in the orthotics’ cost.)

If these adjustments do not resolve the issue or you remain dissatisfied with the devices, we will promptly issue a full refund of the orthotics’ cost.

Meet Daniel Ryan

Since working in podiatry, I have routinely witnessed the benefits that can be achieved through custom orthotic prescription. By combining video footage, pressure analysis, and biomechanical assessment, I have had fantastic results when tailoring customised orthotics as a part of clients’ rehabilitation programs. Orthotics play a pivotal role in comprehensive treatment programs, helping to adjust biomechanical deficiencies, reduce pain and return to activity. Throughout my life, I have also used orthotics to overcome several of my own foot and lower limb injuries, so understand things from a patient’s perspective.