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Orthotics Osborne Park

Orthotics Osborne Park

Facing foot or heel pain? Consider custom orthotics.

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What exactly 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.

 

What conditions may orthotics help?

Heel pain

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.

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

In some people, flat feet can cause foot, leg, and lower back pain. This limits a person’s ability to stand, walk, and perform daily activities. Flat feet can be caused by tight tendons, bony deformities (either from birth or injury), and obesity to name a few.

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

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 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 customised inserts that fit in your shoes to manage many different foot conditions or pathologies. They are individually designed to fit your feet and your feet only. To manufacture custom orthotics, the exact likeness of your foot needs to be captured. Originally a plaster cast was taken of your foot but nowadays we use 3D camera technology and thorough biomechanical assessment to achieve this. Over-the-counter orthotics, on the other hand, can be purchased off the shelf and are designed to suit a generic foot shape. They fit according to shoe size or need to be cut down to size before they can be fitted into the shoe. While they offer some cushioning, as they have not been customised it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to manage the cause of your foot condition. While this means that custom orthotics cost more initially, they are worth the investment over non custom orthotics in their effectiveness as therapeutic devices.

Are all orthotics equal?

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?

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.

What Is the Expected Lifespan of Orthotics, and Do They Require Regular Check-ups?

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 are orthotics 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.

What’s the timeframe for making orthotics?

Given the complexity of the process, it’s quite impressive how quickly orthotics can be manufactured. Ordinarily, the standard turnaround time for most orthotics is one week, but under special circumstances, this can be accelerated to a mere 2 days. Should you require orthotics urgently, we encourage you to reach out to your podiatrist for guidance.

Why Choose Doubleview Podiatry?

Skilled Practitioners

With more than 30 years of experience in the provision of personalised foot care, rest assured that your feet will be in good hands with our Perth podiatrists.

Emphasis on Non-Invasive Solutions

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

Conveniently Situated

We take pride in being the top choice for foot care in Perth and the surrounding region. Our clinic offers ample 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

My tenure in the field of podiatry has consistently demonstrated the remarkable benefits that custom orthotic prescriptions can yield. Through the integration of video footage, pressure analysis, and biomechanical assessments, I have achieved exceptional outcomes by tailoring custom orthotics as an integral part of clients’ rehabilitation programs. Orthotics play a pivotal role in comprehensive treatment strategies, addressing biomechanical deficiencies, mitigating pain, and facilitating a return to physical activity. Additionally, I have personally utilised orthotics to overcome several foot and lower limb injuries throughout my life, affording me a unique understanding of the patient’s perspective.