Experiencing foot or heel pain? Consider orthotic therapy for relief.
What exactly are orthotics?
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 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 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.
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.
People suffering from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other arthritic conditions often need softer, more gentle, and accommodative orthotics that provide shock absorption while controlling gait abnormalities.
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
What’s the difference between custom and 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 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 I have to wear orthotics permanently?
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?
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.
The Crafting of Orthotics: What’s the Process?
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.
How long does it take to make orthotics?
Given the process involved, surprisingly quick. Most orthotics have a standard turnaround time of one week but, in special circumstances, this can be cut to 2 days. Please speak with your podiatrist if you require orthotics urgently.
Why Doubleview Podiatry?
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.
We prioritise helping patients find comfortable footwear, orthotics, and other non-invasive treatments to address their foot concerns.
As the preferred foot care centre in Perth and the surrounding area, our clinic offers convenient parking and excellent access to public transportation.
Our Orthotics Guarantee
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At Doubleview Podiatry, we hold a steadfast belief in the effectiveness of the Doubleview Podiatry Zebris Orthotic Program. Drawing from our extensive experience and clinical assessments, we are convinced that individually prescribed orthotics represent the optimal approach for addressing various conditions, delivering superior clinical outcomes. We understand that investing in orthotics is a significant commitment, and we strive to simplify your decision-making process through our unique Orthotic Guarantee.
In the event that, within the first 60 days of receiving your orthotics, you do not experience substantial improvement in your current condition or if you are dissatisfied with the product in any way, 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 fail to address the issue or if you remain dissatisfied with the devices, we will promptly issue a full refund of the orthotics’ cost.
Meet Daniel Ryan
Throughout my journey in the field of podiatry, I have consistently witnessed the remarkable benefits that custom orthotic prescriptions can bring. Through the integration of video footage, pressure analysis, and biomechanical assessment, I have achieved outstanding outcomes by tailoring custom orthotics as an integral component of clients’ rehabilitation plans. Orthotics assume a pivotal role in comprehensive treatment programs, addressing biomechanical deficiencies, alleviating pain, and facilitating a return to physical activity. In addition to my professional perspective, I have personally utilised orthotics to overcome several foot and lower limb injuries, allowing me to empathise with patients on a personal level.