How Orthotics Work
Orthoses (Orthotics, innersoles etc.) are specially-designed devices that can help with a number of musculoskeletal conditions stemming from abnormal biomechanics. We here at South Coast Sports Podiatry introduce orthoses as a solution into the patient’s treatment when we determine that it will successfully support and redistribute pressure away from the relevant soft tissue structures.
Despite what the general population thinks, orthoses don’t “stop” your arches from collapsing (over pronation) – think of them more as a device that controls the motion and force placed upon them (your foot, bodyweight, gravity) and distributes it more evenly across the foot while stabilising it and controlling motion further up the lower limb too.
WHO NEEDS FOOT ORTHOTICS
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
To determine whether a patient will benefit from orthotic insoles or other devices, we first complete a comprehensive examination.
There is also a bit of a thought bubble out there that just because you have pronating/flat feet – MUST get orthotic insoles. This certainly isn’t the case. While, yes, flexible/flat/pronating feet do and can lead to soft tissue injuries and repetitive stress problems – each person should be assessed on a case by case basis.
At South Coast Sports Podiatry, our certified and experienced professionals examine you in great detail, discuss your problems, and only after collecting all the necessary information determine whether orthotics will aid in your recovery.
Each person is unique and requires a custom solution!
OUR ORTHOTIC SOLUTIONS
Our orthotics are made using state of the art 3D scanning systems and are 100% customised to the individual. This provides an orthotic that will accommodate your foot precisely – leading to, more often than not, a pain-free introduction to orthotic therapy.
We also offer two other options if we believe a fully customised device is unnecessary or cost is a consideration.
Semi customised polypropylene orthoses are made from a template and only a handful of options are customisable. This is a good solution if all you are looking for is “support” or if you have a teen with troubled feet because they are still growing at this age and chances are high that they will quickly grow out of the orthotic solution that we design just for them. In such cases, we avoid creating a fully customised orthotics that will likely prove inadequate in just a few months.
Semi customised, light EVA innersoles come as a generic device that can be heat moulded. They are good for general support and for people who may need extra cushioning that can’t warrant the full expense of a customised device. They are quite bulky so sometimes are not a good option for people with low volume shoes.
Why A podiatrist?
Podiatrists are university qualified practitioners who specialise in treating conditions involving the entire lower limb, and more specifically, the feet. We can help treat any of the following and more.
What You Get?
Top-quality treatment that is backed by the most recent research and state of the art equipment that is found nowhere else in the Illawarra and South Coast.
Get in touch
For more information about our orthotic insoles and other foot orthotics we offer here at South Coast Podiatry, don’t hesitate to call us and discuss the most appropriate options for you.