What Are Orthotics?
Custom made orthotics are built from molds of your feet to meet your unique needs. They’re typically made with comfortable thermoplastic materials, which are guaranteed to last for years, and can be designed to fit in dress shoes, athletic shoes, boots, and skates. Pre-made orthotics are a standard device, while cheaper than Custom made they only last 3—6 months and are not made to suit all feet.
Why Get Orthotics?
Custom-made orthotics can relieve many different types of foot pain. These including: heel pain; plantar fasciitis; arch pain; shin splint; flat feet; trauma; bunions and sprains. Symptoms from sport and other activities including pain caused by running and walking.
Custom Made Orthotics Process
There are 4 appointments involved in the production and dispense of Custom Made Orthotics.
When you attend you Initial Consultation the Podiatrist will review your medical history, complete an assessment and discuss your treatment options and perscription of Orthotics.
An appointment will be scheduled for the preparation and casting of your feet. The Podiatrist will complete a biomechanial assessment and clinical testing including gait analysis.This appointment generally takes 40 minutes. The casts will be sent to the Orthotics Factory and the devices created, this process takes 2 weeks.
At your dispense appointment the Podiatrist will assess your feet and gait with the new orthotic devices.
A follow up appointment is scheduled for 2 weeks after the dispense of the orthotics, this appointment will allow the patient to discuss their progress and raise any questions or concerns.
Pre-made vs Custom Made Orthotics
- Easily Dispensed
- Only Last 3-6 Months
- Applicable for minor conditions
- Some health insurance will not cover pre made but only Custom Made Orthotics
Custom made Orthotics
- Provide extra support rather than pre-made Orthotics
- Made to your foot shape
- Lasts 4—5 years
- Easily modified and customized, rather than pre-made which are standard in size, shape and control
- Claimable through private health insurance for podiatry
The Swinger Gait Analysis program involves walking or running on a treadmill. The Podiatrist will watch the way that you move, looking in particular at your feet, ankles, knees and hips, a video camera will record your gait cycle, which can then be relayed to a laptop where slow motion and freeze frames can be used to carefully assess your running or walking style.
The GaitScan System is a diagnostic tool for assessing your patient’s biomechanics. GaitScan has an industry high 4096 sensors and scans at an industry high 300Hz (scans per second) and measures data such as foot pressure and gait patterns. These measurements provide Podiatrist’s with a sophisticated explanation of foot mechanics and assists them with orthotic and/or shoe solutions.