Suffering from foot or heel pain? Explore orthotic therapy for treatment.
What exactly are orthotics?
Orthotics are a shoe insert designed to address various foot conditions and provide support for abnormal foot movement. These inserts come in a variety of types, with differences in materials and features, depending on the manufacturer and the specific foot condition being treated. Remarkably, orthotics have been utilised for over a century to alleviate foot pain and enhance comfort. While the materials and theories have evolved, the core concept remains consistent. At Doubleview Podiatry, our approach to orthotic treatment is rooted in the latest evidence, ensuring a solution tailored to your unique needs.
Which Conditions may Benefit from Orthotics?
This includes conditions such as heel pain, plantar fasciitis, arch pain, metatarsalgia, and the general discomfort associated with tired, achy feet. Custom orthotics are crafted to alleviate pressure in areas of high stress and encourage your feet to function as intended, resulting in a reduction of pain.
This addresses conditions like chronic ankle sprains, arthritic conditions, bursitis, tendonitis, trauma, and fractures. The use of custom orthotics has been proven to assist injury recovery and lower the likelihood of re-injury.
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 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
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.
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 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 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 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 duration of orthotic use depends on your individual circumstances and the nature of your condition. Some individuals may require orthotics on an ongoing basis, while others may only need them temporarily. Your podiatrist will engage in a discussion with you about this as part of your personalised treatment plan.
What Is the Expected Lifespan of Orthotics, and Do They Require Regular Check-ups?
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.
The Crafting of Orthotics: What’s the Process?
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 Choose Doubleview Podiatry?
With more than three decades of experience in providing personalized foot care, our Perth podiatrists are seasoned professionals you can rely on for your foot health.
Emphasis on Non-Invasive Solutions
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, our belief in the Doubleview Podiatry Zebris Orthotic Program is unwavering. Drawing upon our extensive experience and clinical evaluations, we are fully convinced that individually prescribed orthotics offer the most effective approach for managing a diverse range of conditions and delivering superior clinical outcomes. Recognising the significance of investing in orthotics, we aim to streamline your decision-making process by assuming a substantial portion of the risk through our unique Orthotic Guarantee.
If, within the initial 60 days of receiving your orthotics, you do not experience significant improvement in your current condition or if you are dissatisfied with the product for any reason, our commitment to you is as follows:
We will make the necessary adjustments to your orthotics to ensure your complete satisfaction, and these adjustments will be provided at no additional cost to you. (Please note that the initial orthotic review is included in the orthotics’ cost.)
If these adjustments fail to rectify the issue or if you remain dissatisfied with the devices, we will promptly refund the full 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.