Foot Orthotics by Adelaide Podiatrists
About Orthotic Therapy…
“Not everyone needs orthotics”
But if you do need orthotic therapy, make sure your orthotics are prescribed by experienced podiatrists who understand the big impact that small changes in force can produce.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotic insoles (aka “Orthoses” or “Orthotics”) are shoe inserts that provide specific, customised forces and support in an effort to improve stability, reduce pain and improve foot and leg function for when you are on your feet.
There are many different types of orthotic insoles and dozens of different custom orthotic modifications which can be applied making it quite complicated when it comes to choosing the right prescription and orthotic support. This is why choosing podiatrists experienced in orthotic prescription in so essential. It can mean the difference between a successful and unsuccessful outcome.
How Do Orthotics Help?
Correctly prescribed orthotics control forces acting upon the feet and legs and help to promote normal, healthy, pain free movement. Prescription orthotics should help to decrease damaging forces and improve gait efficiency, whether walking or running.
When orthotics work properly, the changes in ground reaction forces help to reduce fatigue and chronic overuse injuries. If orthotics are worn out or prescribed incorrectly, they can fail to produce the desired result. The feet and legs are very dynamic structures forever changing which is why orthotic function and efficiency should be reviewed regularly every 6 to 12 months.
By encouraging healthy movement, orthotics can help to relieve pain, improve balance and prevent injuries.
Before introducing orthotics, the podiatrists at Posture Podiatry will assess your walking pattern, muscle strength and joint range of motion to investigate your body’s ability to fix itself first.
Some foot problems can be successfully managed with a combination of foot exercises, mobilisation and other simple treatment modalities. Other foot and leg problems require orthotic therapy to control damaging forces, promote healing and prevent overuse type injuries.
Where Can I Get Orthotics in Adelaide?
If you’re unfamiliar with podiatry and orthotic therapy and simply unsure as to whether or not we can help, it may be worth considering Posture Podiatry’s Initial Low or No Gap* Assessment to see if your problems may benefit from orthotic therapy.
Our Initial Low or No Gap* Assessment involves a comprehensive client history, foot assessment, leg assessment, gait analysis, likely diagnosis and advice on potential pain solutions. It’s simply a low risk and affordable way to find out if we can help.
Why Consider Orthotics?
Some structural problems cannot be fixed using exercises alone. This is when orthotics and properly fitted footwear can make life much more comfortable.
The key to a successful outcome with orthotics lies in the following:
- The experience of the prescribing Podiatrist
- The accuracy of the gait analysis and biomechanical assessment
- The quality of the materials used
- The precision of the process of manufacture
- Correct fitting of orthoses to footwear
- Accurate assessment in review and follow up
- The ability to adjust the orthotics to stay current with your body’s changing needs.
All of the above can be achieved with certainty in the hands of an experienced Podiatrist at Posture Podiatry.
Depending on your condition, at Posture Podiatry we can use either traditional plaster techniques or the latest 3D scanning technology to create comfortable orthotics. Your foot orthotics are tailored specifically to suit your individual requirements to ensure we resolve your problem quickly and achieve the best possible outcome.
Other Common Orthotic Questions…
What’s the difference between a store-bought arch support and custom orthotic?
A simple store-bought arch support is very non-specific and acts to support the arch to a minor degree to ensure tolerance is likely with the general population. Arch supports generally have a much shorter effective lifespan.
A custom orthotic prescription is designed to address any abnormal forces on the body which produce pain or abnormal foot and leg function. They also act to support the specific foot structure whether the arch is very high, very low or somewhere in between. Customised orthotic therapy can be very helpful with pain reduction and load redistribution especially when dealing with chronic pain and common musculoskeletal injuries.
When is orthotic therapy used?
They can be used for many foot and leg problems where abnormal forces or overuse contribute to pain, however, orthotics alone are not a magic bullet. They are often used in conjunction with foot mobilisation, stretching and strengthening exercises and other various treatment modalities in an effort to achieve long term relief and less reliance on practitioner intervention.
Some types of footwear are just not suitable for certain orthotic prescriptions. In these situations, other treatments such as regular foot mobilisation, exercise prescription, load management, training advice and shock wave therapy may be more appropriate.
Where Can I Get Orthotics in Adelaide?
Our Adelaide Podiatrists at Posture Podiatry are very experienced in the application of orthotic therapy. We can certainly help if you need foot orthotics.
You can either BOOK ONLINE or simply Call 8362 5900 to schedule an appointment for an examination with one of our friendly staff.
What to expect during your consult?
On arrival, you’ll be greeted with a smile and invited to enjoy a complimentary foot massage or a nice cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. (Say yes when offered… we love spoiling our clients!)
You’ll meet your podiatrist, who will listen to your history, work with you to perform a thorough assessment and begin treatment to get to the bottom of your concerns.
Your time is valuable, so you can complete your client forms either in person or online before your appointment to make things run smoothly. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask. We’re here to help!
We’ll stay in touch by sending personal emails or SMS (not bulk spam), and also ask for feedback after your appointments so we can continue to improve our service to you.
• Heel pain, arch pain and forefoot pain
• Plantar Fasciitis and Severs Pain
• Neuromas and nerve entrapment conditions
• Shin Splints and Shin pain
• Skin and Nail care (Yes, we can cut your toenails for you!)
• Removal of Corns and Calluses
• Ingrown Toenail removal
• Gait and posture problems
• Child and Adolescent injuries
• Overuse injuries
• Ankle Sprains
We do our best work finding the true cause of your foot pain, and treating problems that have been around for a while.
No, you do not need a referral to see a Podiatrist. You can call and book in right away!
Our podiatrists are popular, however in most cases we can help you see a podiatrist today. You can check availability by selecting a service below, and if nothing suits give us a call and we’ll make something work.
We allocate 45 minutes for all initial podiatry appointments to allow us the time to adequately assess, diagnose, develop a management plan and treat your condition or injury. Once we get to know each other, the subsequent appointments are generally 30 minutes in duration.
Yes, podiatrists can refer you for X-Rays, Ultrasounds, and MRI imaging, (and we also know who the good radiologists are, so you won’t miss a thing!)
Yes, we provide on the spot claims with your health fund with our Hicaps machine, or directly to your phone with Hicaps Go at the time of your appointment.
Yes, we accept Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) gold card holders, and WorkCover clients. Just bring details from your GP about your claim.
Yes, we accept American Express cards.
No, however we are registered with Medicare who will contribute towards your appointment fee if you have a GP referral under the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan. Currently (May 2023), Medicare provide a consultation rebate of $56.00. Your doctor (GP) can refer you for up to 5 sessions in a year for chronic conditions such as Diabetes, Arthritis, Hypermobility, Chronic Pain and various other chronic health conditions.
What can we help you with? Give us a call or chat with us here online and we’ll be happy to talk about the fees with you.