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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.

 

Which Conditions may Benefit from Orthotics?

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 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

Top-of-foot pain can stem from several conditions, but the most frequent culprits are overuse due to extensive running, jumping, and kicking (like extensor tendonitis). Additionally, wearing tightly fitting shoes can also lead to discomfort in the forefoot.

Flat Feet

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.

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

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.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and there are many other conditions that custom orthotics can assist with. If you’re uncertain whether orthotics are suitable for your needs, we strongly recommend scheduling an appointment with a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and an open conversation about the potential advantages.

 

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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?

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 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.

Do I have to wear orthotics permanently?

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?

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.

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.

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 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.

Focus on Non-Invasive Options

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 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 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.