Suffering from foot or heel pain? Explore orthotic therapy for treatment.
Understanding Orthotics: What Are They?
Orthotics are a shoe insert designed to address various foot conditions and provide support for abnormal foot movement. These inserts come in a variety of types, with differences in materials and features, depending on the manufacturer and the specific foot condition being treated. Remarkably, orthotics have been utilised for over a century to alleviate foot pain and enhance comfort. While the materials and theories have evolved, the core concept remains consistent. At Doubleview Podiatry, our approach to orthotic treatment is rooted in the latest evidence, ensuring a solution tailored to your unique needs.
What conditions may orthotics help?
This encompasses conditions like heel pain, plantar fasciitis, arch pain, metatarsalgia, and overall discomfort in tired, achy feet. Custom orthotics are designed to relieve pressure points and promote natural foot function, effectively reducing your discomfort.
This includes chronic ankle sprains, arthritic conditions, bursitis, tendonitis, trauma, and fractures. The adoption of custom orthotics is associated with hastened injury recovery and a reduced risk of future re-injury.
Discomfort on the top of the foot may result from various conditions, with the most prevalent being overuse from extensive running, jumping, and kicking (e.g., extensor tendonitis). Additionally, snug footwear can contribute to forefoot pain.
Flat feet can lead to foot, leg, and lower back pain in certain individuals. This can significantly restrict a person’s capacity to stand, walk, and engage in daily activities. The causes of flat feet may include tight tendons, bony deformities (whether congenital or due to injury), and obesity, among others.
Those affected by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other arthritic conditions often benefit from orthotics that prioritise softness, gentleness, and adaptability. These orthotics may provide shock absorption while effectively addressing gait abnormalities.
Children and Orthotics
In some cases, children may display characteristics like in-toeing, out-toeing, excessive foot pronation, or other developmental issues, which can include growing pains or frequent tripping/falling. During the assessment, your podiatrist will take into account their age, medical history, family history, activity level, any history of trauma, symptoms, and gait. Custom foot orthotics can be a valuable solution, whether for the short or long term, depending on the specific circumstances. We only advocate for orthotics when they are genuinely essential for your child.
It’s essential to understand that this list does not cover all the conditions that custom orthotics can address. If you’re contemplating whether orthotics are right for you, arrange an appointment with a podiatrist. During this assessment, you can be assessed and learn about the possible benefits tailored to your feet.
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The Zebris Gait Analysis System
When you experience foot pain, especially in the arch, you likely thought you needed more cushioning. A softer sole or more cushioning feels great initially, but it doesn’t address the underlying issue causing the foot pain. This is often where people looking to invest in orthotics make mistakes. Knowing which orthotic you need and using our Zebris Gait Analysis system will save you from wasting money and living with more pain. Based on the highest quality German technology and engineering, the Zebris Gait Analysis system features more than 30,000 pressure sensors embedded in the base of a treadmill. Combined with two cameras (one positioned on the side and the other behind), the system records an extremely accurate and objective analysis of every step you take. This information is then used to help diagnose and treat misalignments and asymmetries, and to assist in a rehabilitation plan (including the creation of custom foot orthotics).
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Difference: Custom Orthotics vs. Over-the-Counter Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are personalised inserts crafted to fit within your shoes, addressing various foot conditions and pathologies. They are meticulously tailored to your unique foot anatomy. Manufacturing custom orthotics requires capturing an exact replica of your foot. While traditional plaster casts were used in the past, modern technology employs 3D cameras and comprehensive biomechanical assessments for this purpose. In contrast, over-the-counter orthotics are mass-produced and available for purchase off the shelf. They are designed to accommodate a standard foot shape and typically fit based on shoe size or require trimming to match your needs. While they offer some degree of cushioning, their lack of customisation makes it unlikely that they can effectively address the root causes of your foot condition. Although custom orthotics may entail a higher initial cost, their superior effectiveness as therapeutic devices justifies the investment over 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.
Do my orthotics need to be worn forever?
This is very dependent on your individual circumstances and presenting conditions – some people do, and some people only need to wear them for a short time. Your podiatrist will discuss this with you when developing your individualised treatment plan.
What Is the Expected Lifespan of Orthotics, and Do They Require Regular Check-ups?
The durability of your orthotics can vary due to numerous factors. The longevity of your orthotics is inversely proportional to the amount of force they endure. Additionally, different orthotic materials wear down at different rates based on their molecular properties. This is why we advise an annual evaluation of your custom orthotics to ensure they are still performing as originally intended.
How are orthotic insoles 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.
What approximate time does it take for orthotics to be made?
Considering the intricate process, the turnaround time for orthotics is surprisingly quick. Typically, most orthotics are produced within one week as the standard timeline, but in exceptional situations, this can be expedited to just 2 days. If you find yourself in urgent need of orthotics, please don’t hesitate to consult with your podiatrist.
Why Book with Doubleview Podiatry?
With over 30 years of expertise in delivering personalised foot care, our Perth podiatrists are highly skilled and dedicated to your foot health.
Focus on Non-Invasive Options
We prioritise helping patients find comfortable footwear, orthotics, and other non-invasive treatments to address their foot concerns.
We take pride in being the preferred foot care centre in Perth and the surrounding region. Our clinic offers convenient parking and easy access to public transportation.
Our Orthotics Guarantee
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At Doubleview Podiatry, our belief in the Doubleview Podiatry Zebris Orthotic Program is unwavering. Drawing upon our extensive experience and clinical evaluations, we are fully convinced that individually prescribed orthotics offer the most effective approach for managing a diverse range of conditions and delivering superior clinical outcomes. Recognising the significance of investing in orthotics, we aim to streamline your decision-making process by assuming a substantial portion of the risk through our unique Orthotic Guarantee.
If, within the initial 60 days of receiving your orthotics, you do not experience significant improvement in your current condition or if you are dissatisfied with the product for any reason, our commitment to you is as follows:
We will make the necessary adjustments to your orthotics to ensure your complete satisfaction, and these adjustments will be provided at no additional cost to you. (Please note that the initial orthotic review is included in the orthotics’ cost.)
If these adjustments fail to rectify the issue or if you remain dissatisfied with the devices, we will promptly refund the full cost of the orthotics.
Meet Daniel Ryan
Throughout my journey in the field of podiatry, I have consistently witnessed the remarkable benefits that custom orthotic prescriptions can bring. Through the integration of video footage, pressure analysis, and biomechanical assessment, I have achieved outstanding outcomes by tailoring custom orthotics as an integral component of clients’ rehabilitation plans. Orthotics assume a pivotal role in comprehensive treatment programs, addressing biomechanical deficiencies, alleviating pain, and facilitating a return to physical activity. In addition to my professional perspective, I have personally utilised orthotics to overcome several foot and lower limb injuries, allowing me to empathise with patients on a personal level.