Foot orthoses are shoe inserts designed to support the natural shape of the foot, align the ankle and improve posture and foot function in general that fit comfortably in your shoes. Commonly referred to as “orthotics”, they are most effective when designed for each person’s individual foot contours and biomechanics. We record the exact contours of your foot whilst it is being held in its corrected standing position by your experienced podiatrist.
Podiatrists assess and find the right solution for your feet. We are committed to providing our clients with quality podiatry services and leave them with their feet feeling comfortable and pain free. Our podiatry service can help if you suffer from:
Painful tendinitis and bursitis conditions in the ankle, knee and hip
Children’s Postural Issues
Corns & Calluses
We use a variety of different foot orthotics. This allows us to fine tune and manufacture your custom foot orthotic prescription. The orthoses recommended by your podiatrist are prescription devices, custom-made to suit your individual needs and biomechanics (the way your body moves). People of all ages with a variety of foot and lower leg problems wear orthoses. Sportspeople are often prescribed orthoses by their podiatrist to help maximise their performance, as well to address biomechanical problems. Anyone suffering from a chronic foot or lower limb condition that is limiting their mobility or independence may benefit from wearing orthoses.
The podiatrist may prescribe orthoses for your particular foot problem after a comprehensive assessment, taking into account your own biomechanics, footwear and occupational and lifestyle factors. Orthoses provide valuable long-term solutions in the treatment and prevention of corns, calluses and ulceration by redistributing the pressure of the body’s weight on the feet.
Orthoses can also help with rehabilitation of acute and chronic foot conditions such as tendonitis, recurrent ankle sprains, and stress fractures by providing consistent postural control. Your foot is held in its most optimal functioning position. When prescribing orthoses, your podiatrist provides 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 training methods where relevant.
Complete control over prescribing, making and fitting your orthoses.
Comprehensive follow up, including initial and ongoing treatment plans.
Fine-tuning or correction of any problems experienced when wearing orthoses
Accommodative foot orthoses are used to cushion, pad or relieve pressure from a painful or injured area on the bottom of the foot. They may also be designed to try to control abnormal function of the foot. They are generally more flexible and soft than functional foot orthoses. Accommodative orthoses are useful in the treatment of painful callouses on the bottom of the foot, diabetic foot ulcerations, sore bones on the bottom of the foot and other types of foot pathology.
Functional foot orthoses are used to correct abnormal foot function and, in so doing, also correct for abnormal lower extremity function. Some types of functional foot orthoses may also be designed to accommodate painful areas on the bottoms of the foot, just like accommodative foot orthoses. Functional foot orthoses may be made of flexible, semi-rigid or rigid plastic or graphite materials. They are relatively thin and easily fit into most types of shoes.
How do custom foot orthotics help?
Support your feet and legs whenever weight bearing to increase confidence and sports performance.
Improve chronic and acute sports injuries.
Improve weight distribution and posture.
Optimise shoe fit and comfort and absorb shock.
Alter abnormal foot functioning position to correct many common foot ailments or prevent them from getting worse.
Help your child’s foot grow in more neutral or anatomically aligned position.
Eliminates low back pain from leg length inequalities.