Experiencing foot or heel pain? Consider orthotic therapy for relief.
What Are Orthotics?
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 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.
This covers chronic ankle sprains, arthritic conditions, bursitis, tendonitis, trauma, and fractures. Wearing a custom orthotic has been known to speed up injury recovery, as well as decrease the chance of re-injury in the future.
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 can be the source of foot, leg, and lower back pain for certain individuals. This can severely limit their capacity to stand, walk, and engage in daily activities. Factors such as tight tendons, congenital or injury-related bony deformities, and obesity can all play a role in the development of flat feet.
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
Certain children may exhibit tendencies such as in-toeing, out-toeing, excessive foot pronation, or various developmental issues, including growing pains or frequent tripping/falling. To evaluate their condition, your podiatrist will consider their age, medical history, family history, activity level, any history of trauma, symptoms, and gait. Custom foot orthotics may be a viable solution, either in the short or long term, depending on the circumstances. Our recommendation for orthotics is made only when it’s truly necessary 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 foot pain, especially in the arch, strikes, many assume that they simply need more cushioning. A softer sole or extra cushioning may provide initial relief, but it often fails to address the root cause of the pain. This is a common pitfall for those considering orthotic solutions. Identifying the right orthotic for your needs and utilising our Zebris Gait Analysis system can prevent you from wasting money and enduring ongoing discomfort. Powered by top-tier German technology and engineering, the Zebris Gait Analysis system boasts over 30,000 pressure sensors integrated into the treadmill’s base. Coupled with two cameras—one positioned on the side and the other behind—you can expect an exceptionally precise and unbiased analysis of your every step. This valuable data aids in diagnosing and treating misalignments, asymmetries, and contributes to the development of a comprehensive rehabilitation plan, including the creation of customised foot orthotics.
Frequently Asked Questions
Custom vs. Over-the-Counter Orthotics: What Sets Them Apart?
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.
Are all orthotics the same?
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.
Do my orthotics need to be worn forever?
The duration of orthotic use depends on your individual circumstances and the nature of your condition. Some individuals may require orthotics on an ongoing basis, while others may only need them temporarily. Your podiatrist will engage in a discussion with you about this as part of your personalised treatment plan.
What’s the Lifespan of My Orthotics, and Should They Be Regularly Checked?
The lifespan of your orthotics can be influenced by several factors. The more force your orthotics bear, the shorter their longevity. Moreover, the wear and tear of orthotic materials can differ based on their molecular characteristics. That’s why we recommend an annual assessment of your custom orthotics to confirm that they continue to function as initially designed.
How are custom orthotics made?
The creation of custom orthotics involves a comprehensive process. After your podiatrist has determined the need for custom-made orthotics to address your specific concern and has completed the diagnostic phase to pinpoint the precise type of orthotic required, the manufacturing process swings into action. At Doubleview Podiatry, we utilise advanced 3D camera technology to capture the unique structure of your feet. This digital image is subsequently transmitted as a digital file to our orthotic laboratory in WA. In the laboratory, CadCam technology takes center stage as it meticulously crafts your customised device, adhering to the exact foot contours specified in your podiatrist’s prescription. To complete the orthotic, soft top covers, usually of a gentle nature, are applied.
How long for orthotics to be made?
Considering the intricacies involved, the production of orthotics is remarkably quick. In most cases, the standard turnaround time for orthotics is one week, but in unique situations, this can be expedited to just 2 days. If you have an urgent need for orthotics, we recommend discussing your situation with your podiatrist.
Why Visit Doubleview Podiatry?
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.
We prioritise helping patients find comfortable footwear, orthotics, and other non-invasive treatments to address their foot concerns.
We’re proud to be the foot centre of choice in Perth and the surrounding area. Our clinic is well located for parking and public transport access.
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
My experience in the field of podiatry has consistently highlighted the significant benefits associated with custom orthotic prescriptions. Through the amalgamation of video footage, pressure analysis, and biomechanical evaluation, I have achieved exceptional results by tailoring custom orthotics as an essential component of clients’ rehabilitation regimens. Orthotics assume a central role in comprehensive treatment plans, enabling the correction of biomechanical deficiencies, pain reduction, and the restoration of physical activity. Beyond my professional involvement, I have personally relied on orthotics to overcome various foot and lower limb injuries, allowing me to empathise with the patient’s point of view.