Sports problems and Orthotic therapy are a big interest area and we are leaders in the area of 3D scanning technology to create prescription bespoke Orthotic devices to suit each individual needs. Our clients tell us they love how we really listen to their problem and make a clear plan to reach their goals and become pain free and back to the activities they love.
What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are custom made devices prescribed by a podiatrist to fit inside your shoes. They help comfortably stabilise the foot, support the arch and correctly align foot posture to assist with complaints such as foot pain,ankle injuries, biomechanical problems and flat feet. Whilst not everybody needs orthotics, for those who do, they can be a blessing giving them freedom from pain, increase in confidence and comfort in their feet.
Orthotics are scientifically proven time and time again to be beneficial for particular foot complaints and are a fabulous tool in assisting those who's foot problems are caused by pressure, biomechanical problems, and over use of particular tendons, muscles or bones.
Using state of the art 3D scanning technology, our Podiatrist’s are able to provide an accurate impression of both feet. This information may be used to gather or confirm a diagnosis, monitor your treatment progress as well as provide accurate orthotic prescription
What can Orthotics help with?
|- Heel pain||- Athletic injuries|
|- Plantar Fasciitis||- Bone spurs|
|- Bunions||- Ankle injuries|
|- Pain in the ball of the feet||- Shin Splints|
|- Achilles tendinitis||- Arthritic conditions|
|- Flat feet||- Dropfoot (Post Tib Dysfunction)|
|- High-arched feet||- Back, hip and knee pain|
|- Biomechanical abnormalities||- Children's growing pains|
How are they made?
After your biomechanical evaluation (involving foot pressure, posture, balance and gait assessment) we then use a 3D scanner to create a digital image of your feet or a fiberglass model cast. Using this scan or model together with the information from your dynamic assessment our Podiatrist’s will design your orthotics. The design is then sent to an orthotic lab to be milled or created and your orthotics will be ready to pick up within 10 days.
We are lucky enough to be equipped with an on-site orthotic laboratory which allows us to make any additional updates and changes to your orthotic on site as your needs change.
How do orthotics work?
Orthotics help by re-aligning your posture from the ground up.
When your foot posture is incorrect the entire body structure is incorrect. Biomechanical problems can increase stresses within the foot structures and the surrounding soft tissues, creating localised pain in the feet, ankles and also problems in the lower limbs, knees, hips and back.
Foot orthotics allow the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential by correcting misalignment. When appropriately prescribed, these orthotics can decrease pain and increase stability in an unstable joint, along with preventing potential progression or development of a deformity.
Who would benefit from orthotics?
- Foot pain sufferers
- Tired feet
- Working People; those who must walk or stand excessively on the job
- Children with flat feet and pain
- Arthritis sufferers
- Sports people & Runners; orthotics will often increase endurance, performance and strength.
- Overweight individuals; orthotics can help to counteract the extra stress on the feet, as minor problems are often magnified due to the increased weight.
What about Athletes?
In athletic individuals, sports activities result in a great deal of movement and pressure on the foot. Orthotics may assist by reducing fatigue and preventing and reducing injuries and imbalances. With enough functional correction, the foot structure can be aligned to give more propulsion, making walking, running and cycling more mechanically efficient.
Slight imbalances in the foot that are not harmful or even detectable under usual circumstances may make one more vulnerable to injury with the extra stress of sports activity. By eliminating the need for one's muscles to compensate for imperceptible imbalances, orthotics can reduce fatigue and promote efficient muscle function to enhance performance.
Our Orthotic Materials
There are so many amazing materials available these days which means we can choose the styles and materials of your devices according to your lifestyle. Some of our favourite materials fororthotic shells include:
EVA - Using computer technology to create the right prescription for you these orthotics perfect for people looking for a little more cushioning in their life. Like a fancy sneaker insole, these are both comfortable as well as supportive. If you get smelly feet we, on request we can also make a machine washable version of your devices.
Polypropylene - This material the most popular material used world wide to its versatility and longevity. This highly versatile material is tested by time and will last for years to come.
3D Printed - With newest and latest addition to the orthotic technology family we are able to customize your orthotic to sub-millimeter accuracy which means they feel great. Our range of orthotics provides an extensive list of treatable conditions. see 3D Printed orthotics