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What Are Orthotics?

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.

 

Which Conditions may Benefit from Orthotics?

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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

A number of children may exhibit traits such as in-toeing, out-toeing, excessive foot pronation, or various developmental issues, including growing pains or frequent tripping/falling. To determine the best course of action, your podiatrist will consider factors such as their age, medical history, family history, activity level, any history of trauma, symptoms, and gait. Custom foot orthotics may be recommended as part of the solution, whether for the short term or long term, based on the unique situation. Rest assured, we only propose orthotics when they are absolutely 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 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

Custom vs. Over-the-Counter Orthotics: What Sets Them Apart?

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 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?

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?

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 do orthotics get made?

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.

What approximate time does it take 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 Book with Doubleview Podiatry?

Experienced Team

Our Perth podiatrists boast over 30 years of experience in delivering individualised foot care. You can trust that your feet are in capable hands.

Non-Invasive Approach

We prioritise helping patients find comfortable footwear, orthotics, and other non-invasive treatments to address their foot concerns.

Conveniently Situated

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 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.