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Orthotics Brisbane

It is common to walk around Brisbane with bad foot alignment or a condition that you think will go away with time, but without the right treatment even small injuries can lead to bigger and more serious ones in areas like the knee or the lower back. Orthotics are just one possible solution that your Podiatrist may recommend, but it’s often something that can be of great benefit for a range of common problems.

Incorrect footwear can have a detrimental impact on your everyday life and can contribute to foot deformities such as bunions and clawed toes. As a leader in Podiatry in Brisbane we can assist you to make the right footwear choices to address your work, recreational and fashion requirements.

What Types Of Conditions Are Treated By Orthotic Therapy?

The list is extensive, but some of the more common ones are:

  • Shin splints
  • Ankle sprains
  • Morton’s neuroma pain
  • Heel pain
  • Arch pain
  • Arthritic pain and misalignment
  • Amputated toe(s)
  • Sports injuries in particular due to biomechanical causes
  • Post foot and ankle trauma support
  • Footwear advice
  • Paediatric foot problems and children's footwear advice
  • Flat feet and high arched feet
  • Bunions
  • Corns and calluses

What Is An Orthotic? Is It The Same As An Insert, Arch Support Or Insole?

Other common terms for orthotics might be shoe inserts, arch supports or insoles but Orthoses or Orthotic device are the official name for when a Podiatrist prescribes the specially designed shoe insert. The orthotic devices help by improving foot posture during standing and walking/running. The type of Orthoses you need depends on your lifestyle, your shoes, your foot type and the way you walk. Correctly designed and fitted orthotic devices help to improve your foot posture, reduce pain/discomfort, provide cushioning to your feet where needed and reduce overstraining your muscles and ligaments and therefore reduce the risk of further injuries.

Common Questions About Orthotics

What types of Orthotics are there?

The types of orthotics prescribed at Paddington Podiatry vary from custom orthoses to semi-custom orthoses. Materials used to fabricate the orthotic devices also vary from rigid to semi-rigid plastics. Slimline custom orthotic devices are a popular choice to wear inside dress shoes to accommodate your needs.

Do I need Orthotic devices?

At Paddington Podiatry, we perform a biomechanical assessment before deciding if you need orthotic devices. Adjunct therapies such as Trigger Point Dry Needling may be just what you need instead of orthotic devices. A biomechanical assessment will give us information about what is happening with the hips, knees and feet to address your problems. If needed, our podiatrist may do a tape therapy test where you have your foot taped for a few days. This shows us whether there is a change to your symptoms when taped, or an improvement the way you walk. You might even have a trial of padding in your shoe prior to deciding to make the more permanent orthotics. We strive for informed decision making and will work with you according to what you need.

Do I need to buy special shoes so my Orthotic devices into them?

You do not necessarily need to buy special shoes to fit the Orthotic device. Many styles of shoes allow you to remove the original insole from the shoe so that you can slip your orthotic devices into the shoe easily. On rare occasions you may need to purchase a shoe that is a half size bigger. Alternatively, your orthotic devices can be designed and made to fit your current shoes. Slimline Custom devices might be a good option for RM Williams style boots or dress shoes or heels.

How are Orthotic devices made?

Orthotic devices are made differently depending what type you need. Custom orthotic devices require a 3D image of your feet. To achieve this, a negative plaster cast is taken to ensure an excellent fit and comfort. Custom orthotic devices are made to fit your feet only, and no one else.

What is involved in the casting process?

Using plaster casting is the traditional method for getting an accurate 3D image of your feet. At Paddington Podiatry, the casts are sent to a professional orthotic laboratory with specific instructions on the prescription. The instructions are deduced from the information collected during your biomechanical assessment.

Information our Podiatrist needs to consider before writing your orthoses prescription include:

  • Your shoes, activities you do regularly and work environment
  • The level of stability you need from your orthotic device will influence the material, and thickness of the material chosen. It also affects the width of your orthotic device and the depth of the heel cup in which your heel sits in.
  • Medical conditions that you may have. Difference paddings and covers are available to accommodate to your needs.
  • Shape of your toes

Why don’t you use computer analysis to make the Orthotics?

As a cast is made specific to your foot, we know that it will be a correct and comfortable fit. A 3D computer image is not always able to pick up the nuances that might be present in your individual foot structure.

I run will my orthotics be comfortable to run in?

When running a customised EVA device is often more comfortable than a rigid custom device. We favour using the customised EVA device for running and to play sport as they are usually more comfortable and there is less chance of blisters.

My feet hurt in every pair of shoes. Is that normal? Can anything be done?

Your Podiatrist will help you work out why you have pain with shoe wearing. Feel welcome to bring a large selection of your footwear for the Podiatrist to assess. It may be the structural shape of your foot. You may have a high arch that requires some more support or alternatively it might be that your arch doesn’t function well and you are more comfortable in Orthotics. You may have been told before that your foot is over-pronated or has prolonged pronation or that you have a supinated foot. Your Podiatrist can help you assess the joint range of movement as you may have stiff joints that prevent normal movement. The Podiatrist may determine that your choice of footwear might be the reason for you not being at all comfortable in any shoes or you might be spending too much time in the one type of shoe. Your Podiatrist will be able make recommendations on other types of shoes that may be more comfortable for your needs.

Book In For A Podiatrist Assessment To See If Orthotics Are Going To Help You

Generally you don’t need a referral to visit a Podiatrist, so take the first step and book in to see us. Your Podiatrist can them make a full assessment and if orthotics are part of your treatment plan, then we can provide a full range of choices. Talk to our team today on (07) 3511 6352, send us a quick enquiry using the form on the right hand side of this page, or complete our request a booking form.

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