Foot orthotics support stressed and tired joints and muscles, correct poor foot function, help to relieve your pain, and help heal and prevent injuries.
Whether you refer to them as foot orthotics, orthoses or inserts – these brilliant medical devices change the lives, and not to mention pain levels, of our patients every single day.
The way they alter foot biomechanics to help injuries and promote healthy foot and leg function mean our patients feel great, look great, and can get back to doing the things they love faster than ever. Here’s what you should know about orthotics:
Orthotics are shoe inserts that are intended to correct abnormal, or irregular walking patterns that have contributed to increased stress through the feet and legs, and ultimately injury. Orthotics are not merely “arch supports”. An orthotic is designed to guide the mechanics of the foot to a precise degree which help the muscles and tendons to perform more efficiently, making standing, walking, running and generally living more comfortable.
If you’re suffering from pain or injury, your orthotics are specifically designed to correct any biomechanical anomalies that are contributing to your injury and ongoing pain, and distribute weight away from the painful area.
Did you know that your shoes may be affecting how well your orthotics are working for you? Yep! We’ve written all about it here.
When orthotics are expertly designed to meet the needs and function of your feet, they can compensate for impaired foot function, controlling the position and motion of your feet so you can walk and feel better. Orthotics can also prevent the occurrence of a new injury, recurrence of a previous injury and additional deformity of the feet.
We specialise in the prescription of orthotics and pride ourselves on delivering excellent clinical outcomes for our patients. We do this through the wealth of knowledge from our Podiatrist & Orthotist, Martin Kane, who has spent decades both prescribing and teaching other podiatrists how to prescribe custom foot orthotics. The skills and knowledge he uses in every prescription, and passes on to our team, is invaluable. To see Martin’s profile, click here.
To read more about how orthotics work and how we ensure you get the best orthotic for your feet, click here.
What can orthotics can help with?
Orthotics can be a great adjunct to helping treat a variety of conditions and ailments, including helping to:
- Facilitate the healing of damaged muscles and tissues – e.g. plantar fasciitis
- Relieve pressure from painful areas of the feet – e.g. corns, callus, ulcers
- Improve walking and running techniques
- Stabilise and support the feet and body
- Support foot and leg abnormalities – e.g. limb length difference
- Reduce pain from systemic conditions – e.g. arthritis
- And so many more!
Before orthotics can be prescribed:
A detailed history is taken
A full biomechanical examination is conducted
Gait analysis is performed and evaluated
All regular footwear is examined
A diagnosis is made based on our clinical findings
We discuss your treatment options and make a treatment plan to get you back to a hundred percent
Your goals and preferences are considered in your orthotic prescription
Often the foot is casted so that the orthotics are made precisely from your foot impression
The Wearing-In Period
Once prescribed, orthotics have a short wearing-in period that lasts approximately two weeks. This is to ensure that your feet, muscles and tissues adjust well to the new position that the orthotics are holding them in. For this simple process, we recommend that you:
- Start by wearing your orthotics for only one hour for the first day you wear them, switching back to your regular inner soles after the hour is up
- Adding another hour to your wear time every day that you wear your orthotics
- After wearing your orthotics comfortably for 8+ overs, you can continue to keep your orthotics permanently inside your shoes
- Do not participate in sports or strenuous physical activities until you can spend an entire day in your orthotics comfortably
- If any problems arise, bring your orthotics to us so we can make an adjustment on-site
Orthotic adjustments may be necessary from time to time to ensure maximum comfort and effectiveness from your orthotics. We are able to make these adjustments simply and easily onsite. If any issues arise, please make an appointment with your podiatrist for an adjustment and bring both your orthotics and the shoes that you are regularly wearing your orthotics in.
ACC Orthotics Contract
Perform Podiatry has a contract with ACC for the simple and hassle-free prescription of orthotics, when medically necessary and where your injury is covered by ACC. This is just one of the many ways we’re committed to getting you the best results for your injury in the fastest time possible, so you can keep doing the things you love. ACC also cover a large range of treatments and services where deemed necessary and beneficial to your rehabilitation.
You can learn more about our ACC orthotics contract here.
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