Orthotics

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

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. 

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?

Treatment Options for WartsProsCons
LaserFast. Usually only one 40 minute treatment needed and one review visit

Fee is equivalent to other multiple visit treatment options

Most effective treatment available with clearance rates of 90-100%
Wait and seeIt’s free!You may be uncomfortable walking and standing while you wait for your wart to disappear.

Remember… most plantar warts will disappear without any intervention
Topical Various acids commonly salicylic acidUsually less painful than freezingSlow

Requires 6-12 treatments over several months.
Can be painful for several days after each treatment

May be an inconvenience with showering/bathing

Research indicates 40-50% cure rate
FreezingSlow. Requires 2-6 treatments over 6-12 weeks

Can be quite painful during treatment and for several days after each treatment
Surgical removalQuick unless the wart re-growsLocal anaesthetic required (needle)

Significant risk of scarring

Re-growth and spread of wart is common
NeedlingQuick

Small wound heals quickly
Local anaesthetic required (needle)

May take several treatments over several months

Risk of re-growth and spread of wart

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.

Want help now?

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Our practitioners are highly experienced, gentle folk who can help with your foot pain. Call our friendly team now on 93193030 or book online any time using the form below.

 

 

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