Custom Orthotics in Melbourne

An orthotic is a device which sits comfortably under the foot to change pressure and loading to reduce injury risk and maximise performance.

Many shoes come with a foam innersole designed as a one-size-fits-all comfortable platform to walk on. Where a custom orthotic differs is

A custom orthotic differs in that it’s designed to fit your individual biomechanical profile. The Orthotic sits inside your shoes and addresses your specific risk factors and injury history.

To determine your needs for a custom orthotic, we take into consideration joint range and quality of movement, injury history, strength, flexibility, and the axis and position of your joints, in addition to factoring in your day-to-day or competitive activities.

A 3D cast of your foot is taken and, combined with your custom orthotic prescription; we fabricate comfortable, durable and effective custom orthotics.

They can be used to treat pain related to many different overuse conditions which develop in the feet, legs, and lower back as a result of our biomechanics and gait.

What Kind of Custom Orthotics Will I Need?

The orthotic family tree can initially be broken down into Functional and Accommodative orthotics.

  • An accommodative orthotic is designed to offload specific pressure lesions on the skin’s surface. For example a callous, corn or diabetic foot ulcer.
  • A functional orthotic is designed to alter the loading patterns on tissues within the body to reduce pain, improve efficiency and reduce the risk of reinjury. For example, adjusting the load on the plantar fascia for heel pain, or reducing the compressive forces within joints with arthritis.

It makes no sense wasting money on a generic insert for shoes when every foot is different. But having a custom orthotic designed by a podiatrist for you personally can have an enormous impact on your quality of life, and relieve chronic foot pain and aching in your legs and lower back.

The style of orthotics prescribed will depend on your circumstance:

  • What kind of correction your foot requires
  • Does your job require you to stand for long periods
  • Are the orthotics for sport and if so, which sport?
  • What kind of shoe the insert is for

Will Orthotics Help Reduce the Pain in My Feet and Legs?

At Pride Podiatry, we use the latest technology and evidence-based practice to prescribe orthotics, if required, to meet your goals. We work with you every step of the way to ensure you are comfortable and happy with your results.

We consider your lifestyle, your needs, and your biomechanics to create solutions for your pain. There is a growing body of evidence that orthotics when prescribed by podiatry experts in lower limb biomechanics, can reduce pain in the following conditions.

  • Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Pain
  • Stress Fractures in the lower extremities
  • Knee pain
  • Bunions
  • Tendonitis
  • Neuroma’s
  • Shin Splints
  • Sever’s Disease or children’s growth plate problems
  • Arthritis
  • Corns and callous
  • Lower Back and Hip

Orthotics help these conditions by altering loading on affected or at risk structures, and improving your body’s ability to be efficient at walking, running, specific sports and more.

If you suffer from pain in your feet, legs or lower back and want real results, call Pride Podiatry now and speak to our staff about custom orthotics.

What are the common causes of foot pain?

Some of the more commonly seen causes of foot pain are:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Arch Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Broken Bones
  • Bunions
  • Calluses
  • Corns & Calluses
  • Diabetic Foot
  • Flat Feet
  • Heel Fissures
  • Heel Pain
  • High Arches (Cavus or supinated foot type)
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Metatarsalgia (Pain in the region of the metatarsal bones)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Over Pronation (including valgus deformity of the heel, joint hyper-mobility, and poor muscle control of foot pronation)
  • Overlapping Toes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar warts
  • Poor Fitting Shoes
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Stress Fractures
  • Toenail Fungus
  • Joint Hypermobility Syndrome – Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

The foot pain above can be separated into two categories. Acute pain which is the result of injury or accident, and aches and strains that more commonly stem from overuse in sport or repetitive use at work. Each requires a different approach for an effective recovery.

If the pain in your feet is affecting how you want to live your life, call our friendly reception staff and book an assessment today.

Book an appointment with our foot pain specialists.