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Orthotics Churchlands

Orthotics Churchlands

Encountering foot or heel discomfort? Ask your podiatrist about custom orthotics.

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Understanding 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 covers heel pain, plantar fasciitis, arch pain, metatarsalgia, and generally achy, sore tired feet. Custom orthotics will offload high-pressure areas and support your feet in working the way they’re meant to work, thus decreasing your 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 on the top of the foot can be caused by several conditions, the most common of which are due to overuse from excessive running, jumping, and kicking (such as extensor tendonitis). Forefoot pain can also be caused by tight-fitting shoes.

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.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of conditions that custom orthotics can help. If you are wondering if orthotics are for you, we would encourage you to make an appointment with a foot health professional for an evaluation and frank discussion about the potential benefits.

 

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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

What is the Difference: Custom Orthotics vs. 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 short, no. Orthotic shells come in a variety of materials and can be paired with numerous top covers. When it comes to prescribing your orthotics, your podiatrist considers your individual needs and the specific condition you’re dealing with to guarantee your ongoing comfort.

Will I have to wear orthotics 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.

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 do orthotics get made?

The creation of custom orthotics involves a meticulous procedure. Once your podiatrist has determined that custom orthotics are necessary to address your specific concern and has completed the diagnostic phase to identify the precise type of orthotic required, the manufacturing process commences. Here at Doubleview Podiatry, we employ a 3D camera to capture the unique structure of your feet. This digital image is then transmitted to our orthotic laboratory in WA. At the laboratory, CadCam technology is employed to meticulously fashion your customised device in accordance with the exact contours of your feet, as specified by your podiatrist’s prescription. Finally, soft top covers are typically applied to provide the finishing touch to the orthotic.

How long does it take to make orthotics?

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 Visit Doubleview Podiatry?

Skilled Practitioners

With over 30 years of expertise in delivering personalised foot care, our Perth podiatrists are highly skilled and dedicated to your foot health.

Non-Invasive Treatments

We place special emphasis on assisting patients in discovering comfortable footwear, orthotics, and other non-invasive treatment options.

Conveniently Situated

As the preferred foot care centre in Perth and the surrounding area, our clinic offers convenient parking and excellent access to public transportation.

Our Orthotics Guarantee

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At Doubleview Podiatry, we hold a steadfast belief in the effectiveness of the Doubleview Podiatry Zebris Orthotic Program. Drawing from our extensive experience and clinical assessments, we are convinced that individually prescribed orthotics represent the optimal approach for addressing various conditions, delivering superior clinical outcomes. We understand that investing in orthotics is a significant commitment, and we strive to simplify your decision-making process through our unique Orthotic Guarantee.

In the event that, within the first 60 days of receiving your orthotics, you do not experience substantial improvement in your current condition or if you are dissatisfied with the product in any way, 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 fail to address the issue or if 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.