What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are sometimes called arch supports, shoe inserts or insoles. They are usually made to a prescription designed by your podiatrist to improve your foot function, reduced wear and tear on joints and relieve painful feet and lower limbs. Orthotics may be used for short term pain relief or long-term for correction of a bio-mechanical problem.

What are they for?

Orthotics correct your foot alignment and improve your foot function. One quarter of all the bones in your body are in your feet and every day these bones are impacted by around 2.5 million kilograms. With that kind of daily pounding, it’s not surprising that 70% of Australians seek treatment and advice for foot, ankle and knee pain. Orthotics realign your feet to work more efficiently. Wear and tear is reduced and you have less pain.

Common painful foot and lower limb problems that may benefit from prescription orthotics:

  • Plantar fasciitis (heel spur)
  • Sever’s disease 
  • Growing pains
  • Flat feet
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Metatarsalgia (stone bruise injury)
  • Tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)
  • Anterior knee pain
  • Lower back pain


Orthotics relieve foot pain

Who should wear orthotics?

Orthotics prescribed by your podiatrist are safe for anyone at any age. Toddlers, teenagers, adults and older folk may all need orthotics at some time. Depending on your foot problem, you may need orthotics temporarily, for particular activities such as sport, or you may need to wear orthotics for most activities long term.

  • Children and teenagers often need orthotics during growth spurts or periods of rapid developmental change. 
  • If you participate in high impact sport or exercise orthotics will help keep you injury free and performing at your peak.
  • If your work means you are on your feet all day standing, walking, carrying, climbing ladders or stairs, prescription orthotics will help keep you comfortable while you are on your feet.
  • Prescription orthotics may be needed for women as hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause also affect tendons and ligaments in women’s feet.
  • Some foot problems become painful with age and then prescription orthotics are helpful for maintaining mobility. 


Orthotics for pain relief and injury prevention

How do they work?

Orthotics realign and correct your foot function or biomechanics by providing support designed specifically for your foot type, gait pattern and activity level. Correcting your foot function protects your feet from daily wear and tear, preventing overuse injury and pain. And you have healthy, pain free feet so you can get on with all the things in life you love.

With computer gait analysis and digital scanning for prescription orthotics we can help restore optimum function, reduce your risk of injury and keep you performing at your peak. Our practitioners have expertise in paediatric foot health,  bio-mechanical problems and running injuries.


What types of orthotics are there?

Pre-formed insoles can be helpful for temporary and short term relief of mild foot pain. For more complicated bio-mechanical problems a detailed examination and prescription orthotics are best for durability, precision and value.

For very active people who regularly play sport or run, we recommend a second pair of orthotics specifically for high impact activity.

Your podiatrist will assess your foot function and gait pattern, then discuss your usual activities, sports and exercise routine. Prescription orthotics will be designed specially to suit your feet, your activities and your footwear.

What Insoles Work Best?

What Type of insole? What are they made of? How long will they last? How effective are they?
Thin flat ‘cushion’ insoles Open cell foam, closed cell foam or silicon gel Open cell foam collapses in less than 1 month. Closed cell & silicone 12 months Limited effectiveness For short term comfort only
Contoured preformed off the shelf Closed cell foam or plastic Light materials fatigue and collapse after 6-12 months If fit is good, useful for temporary relief of minor problems
Prescription orthotics High density polypropylene, EVA or carbon fibre. Choice dependant on your foot type and activity level 2-5 years depending on activity level. Children and teenagers may need replacement orthotics more frequently during periods of rapid growth Highly effective prescription correction of foot alignment and function. Cushioning added to prescribed requirements. Repairable and replaceable. Guaranteed

Will I Need Special Shoes?

Prescription orthotics work well in joggers. However, many shoes available today are designed to accommodate orthotics, so you can benefit from wearing your orthotics for most activities.

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