ORTHOTIC THERAPY

Orthotics improve the overall function of your feet and lower legs by optimising the efficiency of your walking and running gait.  As part of your overall management plan, use of orthotics aims to decrease your pain and improve your day to day comfort.  Orthotics not only allow for injured structures to heal, they also minimise the risk of future problems and can decrease the rate of osteoarthritic degeneration.

As feet function very differently from person to person, orthotics need to have specific support and control for your specific foot type.  Orthotics are made of varying materials including carbon fibre, polypropylene and EVA foam. The material and type of orthotic used for you will depend on:

  • the force required to achieve efficient foot and lower leg function;
  • the activity you will be primarily using it for;
  • duration and severity of symptoms/pain;
  • footwear you will be using them in;
  • your height, weight and age.

There are three options to consider when deciding on which orthotics are the best option for your foot type and circumstance:

Orthotics Issue
  1. Pre-Fabricated Orthotics
  • generic shape, size and correction type
  • convenient to fit
  • lifespan of approx 12 months
  • this can be a good option for children as their feet are growing and changing so rapidly

     2. Semi-Customised Orthotics

  • a tracing is taken of your foot by your podiatrist
  • the semi-customised orthotic is made to fit accurately for length, width and using the materials and support levels prescribed by your podiatrist
  • lifespan of approx 2-5 years
  • top covers, padding and posting may need updating approx every 12 months

      3. Fully Customised Orthotics

  • a plaster cast is taken of your feet to precisely capture the contours of your foot shape, particularly the detail in your arch and heel
  • a fully customised orthotic is made to fit and function specifically for your individual feet using the materials and support levels prescribed by your podiatrist
  • life span approx 2-5 years
  • top covers, padding and posting may need updating approx every 12 months
Biomechanical Assessment

Before prescribing any type of orthotics, our Podiatrists will do a full biomechanical assessment as well as a footwear assessment and, in many cases, will experiment with rigid taping to determine whether the extra arch support will provide significant benefit to you.

For more information on item numbers relating to orthotics in order to gain information from your private health insurer, see our Billing & Rebates page.

 

If you think you could benefit from orthotics, please give us a call on 9894 2463 or book online to make an appointment.