Suffering from foot or heel pain? Explore orthotic therapy for treatment.
Understanding Orthotics: What Are They?
Orthotics are a special type of shoe insert designed to address a wide range of foot conditions and provide support for irregular foot movement. These inserts come in various forms, with variations in materials and features influenced by the manufacturer and the specific foot condition you are dealing with. Remarkably, orthotics have been used for over a century to alleviate foot pain and enhance comfort. While the materials and theories have evolved over time, the core concept remains constant. At Doubleview Podiatry, our approach to orthotic treatment is founded on the latest evidence, ensuring that we provide you with 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.
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
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.
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 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
What is the Difference: Custom Orthotics vs. Over-the-Counter Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are tailor-made inserts designed to be placed inside your shoes, intended for managing a wide range of foot conditions and pathologies. These orthotics are meticulously crafted to precisely match the unique contours of your feet. The process of creating custom orthotics involves capturing an exact replica of your foot. While traditional plaster casts were used in the past, modern technology now utilises 3D cameras and comprehensive biomechanical assessments for this purpose. In contrast, over-the-counter orthotics are commercially available and can be bought off the shelf. They are designed to accommodate a standardised foot shape, typically relying on shoe size or necessitating adjustments to fit your specific requirements. While over-the-counter orthotics provide some cushioning, their lack of customisation makes it unlikely that they can effectively address the underlying causes of your foot condition. Although custom orthotics may involve a higher initial expense, their superior therapeutic effectiveness justifies the investment compared to non-custom orthotics.
Are all types of orthotics the same?
In brief, no. Orthotic shells come in various materials and can be paired with a wide range of top covers. When recommending orthotics, your podiatrist carefully evaluates your unique requirements and current condition to prioritise 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 will my orthotics last and do I need them checked regularly?
The duration for which your orthotics remain effective can be influenced by various factors. The degree of force applied to your orthotics is inversely related to their longevity. Additionally, the wear patterns of orthotic materials can vary based on their molecular properties. This is why we suggest an annual evaluation of your custom orthotics to ensure they maintain their original functionality.
The Crafting of Orthotics: What’s the Process?
There is quite a process to crafting a pair of custom orthotics. Once your podiatrist has determined that you need custom made orthotics to manage your presenting concern and has gone through the process of diagnosing the exact orthotic that you require, the manufacturing process begins. At Doubleview Podiatry, we use a 3D camera to capture your unique foot structure. This image is then sent as a digital image to our WA orthotic laboratory. At the lab, CadCam technology is used to craft your custom device according to your exact foot contours as per the prescription your podiatrist has specified. Top covers, usually of a soft nature, are then added to give the device its final touch.
How long does it take to make orthotics?
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 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.
Our commitment lies in assisting patients in discovering comfortable footwear, orthotics, and other non-invasive therapies.
Convenient Clinic Location
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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We firmly believe in the Doubleview Podiatry Zebris Orthotic Program. From our experience and clinical assessments, we feel that individual prescription orthotics are the best course of action for treating a variety of conditions and will provide the best clinical results. However, we appreciate that the purchase of orthotics is a significant investment, so we want to make this decision as easy as possible by taking a large part of the risk ourselves – through our unique Orthotic Guarantee.
If, in the first 60 days after receiving your orthotics, you do not feel that they have significantly helped your current condition, or you are at all unhappy with the product, we will:
Make the necessary adjustments to your devices to ensure you are 100% satisfied. These adjustments will be provided at no cost to you. (Note: the first orthotic review is included in the cost of the orthotics).
If these adjustments do not correct the issue or you are just not happy with the devices, we will give you a full refund of the cost of the orthotics.
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.