Customised Insoles and Orthotics
What are Foot Orthoses?
Foot orthoses are shoe inserts designed to support, align or improve the function of the foot. They are also commonly referred to as “Orthotics”. There are many different types of foot orthoses designed from a variety of materials. Most orthoses recommended by our Podiatrists are prescription devices, custom made to suit your individual needs and biomechanics (the way your body moves).
What type of Orthoses?
Foot orthoses fall into three broad categories: those that primarily attempt to change foot function, those that are primarily protective in nature and those that combine functional control and protection. If shock absorption is a primary concern, cushioning orthoses will be prescribed by our Podiatrists to provide protective padding and absorb shock during walking and running. Alternatively, if your symptoms are due to excess force and rapid rolling in or rolling out of your feet, a more controlling type of orthoses will be prescribed.
When are Orthoses Used?
Sportspeople are often prescribed foot orthoses by their Podiatrist to help maximize their performance, as well as address any underlying mechanical problems with their foot function. However, people of all ages (from children to seniors) with a variety of foot or lower leg problems also wear orthoses.
How are Orthoses Prescribed?
Our Podiatrists only prescribe foot orthoses for your particular foot problem after a comprehensive examination, taking into account your own biomechanics, footwear, and occupational and lifestyle factors. An in-depth medical assessment in combination with sophisticated gait analysis and 3-D imaging software is the mainstay of our examinations. This is where the difference lies between a prescription orthotic and an over the counter pre-made arch support.
Once the decision is made to prescribe an orthotic device, our Podiatrists will take a highly accurate measurement of your feet. This may involve a 3-D computer scan of the feet or a plaster of paris impression. Once these measurements are taken, they are sent to our laboratories for the fabrication of the orthoses, following strict guidelines from our Podiatrists specific prescription.
High Standards of Treatment and Follow-Up
When prescribing orthoses, our Podiatrists provide a comprehensive service to ensure safe and effective foot care, including:
- A full clinical assessment of your foot problem prior to prescription
- Prescription of orthoses tailored to individual needs
- Provision of any additional treatment required
- Advice regarding exercises, footwear and correct training methods
- Complete control over prescribing, designing and fitting our orthoses
- Comprehensive follow-ups if required
- Fine-tuning or correction of any problems experienced with our orthoses