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What exactly are orthotics?

Orthotics refer to custom shoe inserts intended for the treatment of diverse foot conditions and the correction of abnormal foot movements. These inserts are available in various types, each characterised by its material and features, which are influenced by both the manufacturer and the specific foot ailment in question. Interestingly, orthotics have been utilised for over a century to alleviate foot pain and enhance overall comfort. Although the materials and theories have evolved, the fundamental concept remains unchanged. At Doubleview Podiatry, our orthotic treatment is driven by the latest evidence, ensuring a personalised solution that suits your individual needs.

 

What conditions may orthotics help?

Heel pain

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.

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

Discomfort on the top of the foot may result from various conditions, with the most prevalent being overuse from extensive running, jumping, and kicking (e.g., extensor tendonitis). Additionally, snug footwear can contribute to forefoot pain.

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

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

Some children have a tendency to in-toe, out-toe, suffer from excessive foot pronation, or have other types of developmental issues (including growing pains or frequent tripping/falling). Your podiatrist will assess their age, medical history, family history, activity level, whether any trauma has occurred, symptoms, and gait as part of their analysis. Custom foot orthotics can be part of the solution, both short and long-term, depending on the situation. We only recommend orthotics when your child truly needs them.

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 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.

Do I need to wear my orthotics forever?

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 durability of your orthotics can vary due to numerous factors. The longevity of your orthotics is inversely proportional to the amount of force they endure. Additionally, different orthotic materials wear down at different rates based on their molecular properties. This is why we advise an annual evaluation of your custom orthotics to ensure they are still performing as originally intended.

How are custom orthotics made?

The creation of custom orthotics involves a well-defined process. After your podiatrist has determined the necessity for custom orthotics to address your specific concern and has completed the diagnostic phase to identify the precise type of orthotic needed, the manufacturing journey commences.Here at Doubleview Podiatry, we employ state-of-the-art 3D camera technology to capture the distinctive structure of your feet. This digital image is then digitally transmitted to our orthotic laboratory in WA. In the laboratory, CadCam technology takes the lead in meticulously crafting your custom device, adhering precisely to the foot contours outlined in your podiatrist’s prescription. Finally, soft top covers, typically of a gentle nature, are added to provide the device with its finishing touch.

How long does it take to make orthotics?

Considering the intricate process, the turnaround time for orthotics is surprisingly quick. Typically, most orthotics are produced within one week as the standard timeline, but in exceptional situations, this can be expedited to just 2 days. If you find yourself in urgent need of orthotics, please don’t hesitate to consult with your podiatrist.

Why Visit Doubleview Podiatry?

Experienced 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.

Non-Invasive Treatments

Our commitment lies in assisting patients in discovering comfortable footwear, orthotics, and other non-invasive therapies.

Convenient Clinic Location

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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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

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.