Orthoses are special medical shoe inserts that support, align, improve function, or accommodate the feet.
There are many types of orthotics available. Based off comprehensive assessments, certain orthoses are recommended by your podiatrist to suit your individual needs and biomechanics (function and movement).
When are orthotics used?
Your podiatrist may prescribe orthoses for your particular foot problem after a detailed assessment, taking into account your biomechanics (function and movement), footwear, occupation, and lifestyle factors. Each orthotic is customised for specific, individual needs.
Orthotics can be used as:
• Arch support for flat feet
• To reduce pressure
• To change how the foot moves, so that it works better
• To accommodate and cushion the feet
What orthotics do we use?
The most individualised orthoses are custom made devices provided by your podiatrist. Custom made orthotics start from a plaster mould, and are made to suit specific patient needs.
Our orthotics can be made from a range of materials, such as:
• Rigid carbon fibre
• Traditional heat moulded plastic
• Multi density sports foam
• Soft latex cushioning orthotics
Orthotics can be customised to fit different types of shoes.
What would a typical treatment plan with orthotics involve?
• An initial biomechanical assessment. Our Podiatrists examine your ranges of motion, muscle strength, posture and gait (walking).
• Your feet are casted in plaster with a specialised technique to capture your foot shape.
• The negative cast is scanned and custom made based of your Podiatrists prescription.
• Your custom orthotic is produced and fitted to suit you and your shoes.
• A complementary orthotic review is made for 2 weeks later.