Facing foot or heel pain? Consider custom orthotics.
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.
Which Conditions may Benefit from Orthotics?
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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 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’s the difference between custom and over-the-counter orthotics?
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?
The short answer is no. Orthotic shells can be made of many different materials and can be covered by a multitude of different top covers. When prescribing your orthotics, your podiatrist takes your individual needs and presenting condition into consideration to ensure your comfort at all times.
Will I have to wear orthotics forever?
The answer to this question varies based on your unique circumstances and specific conditions. While some individuals may require orthotics indefinitely, others may only need them for a limited duration. Your podiatrist will address this matter with you as part of the development of your personalised treatment plan.
How long will my orthotics last and do I need them checked regularly?
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 are orthotic insoles 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.
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 Visit Doubleview Podiatry?
Our Perth podiatrists boast over 30 years of experience in delivering individualised foot care. You can trust that your feet are in capable hands.
Our commitment lies in assisting patients in discovering comfortable footwear, orthotics, and other non-invasive therapies.
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.