Custom Orthotics in Brisbane

How do orthotics work?
Orthotics modify the pressure exerted from the ground onto the foot (known as ground reaction force) during standing, walking, or running. By adjusting these forces, we can enhance foot functionality and mitigate excessive pressures that may result in foot injuries.

The basic purpose of shoe inserts is to change the pressure distribution across the foot and relieve overall pain. A secondary consideration is balance since somatosensory information from the ankle and feet is important in the postural control.

How are custom orthotics made?
Making custom orthotics is a multi-step process that first begins with a comprehensive assessment conducted by one of our podiatrists. During this consultation, the podiatrist will inquire about your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle factors relevant to foot health. They may also conduct a physical examination, including a visual gait analysis to observe how you walk and stand. In some cases, additional diagnostic imaging such as X-rays or ultrasound may be required to assess underlying foot pathology or structural issues. These imaging modalities provide valuable insights for designing orthotics tailored to your specific condition.

Based on the findings from the assessment and examination, your podiatrist will design a custom orthotic prescription to address your individual needs. This prescription takes into account factors such as foot shape, arch type, gait mechanics, and the intended use of the orthotics (e.g., sports performance, daily wear, or specific medical conditions). Your prescription is then sent to a state-of-the-art orthotic laboratory where it’s hand made by highly skilled technicians.

The basic purpose of shoe inserts is to change the pressure distribution across the foot and relieve overall pain.

Benefits of Custom Orthotics

Depending on pathology and where your foot pain is located, a custom orthotics can help change location, magnitude and timing of force acting within the foot. By wearing orthotics, we can help send back sensory feedback to your brain to prompt it to change its movement during gait. With these signals, your brain can send corrective movements to the foot and improve function, avoid pain and prevent injury.

Some of the benefits of customised orthotics include:

  • Support your feet and legs whenever weight bearing to increase confidence and sports performance.
  • Reduction in pain.
  • Treatment of medical conditions such as diabetes.
  • Improve chronic and acute sports injuries.
  • Improve weight distribution and posture.
  • Optimise shoe fit and comfort and absorb shock.

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