Custom Orthotics

Orthotics are foot inserts that go inside your shoe. These can be full-custom or semi-custom and work by changing the way your foot moves as you walk or run. By doing this it can reduce load through over-used muscles or high pressure areas.

You may have pain and discomfort as a result of improper alignment of the feet and legs, orthotics may be required to help distribute this force better and making the foot work more efficiently.

Orthotics can only form part of the treatment plan with changes to activity and footwear and strengthening exercises often required.

 

A biomechanics assessment will determine if you may benefit from the use of orthotics. It will determine if you may benefit from the use of orthotics.

 

See the blog post on frequently asked questions on orthotics or contact Swan Podiatry in Darwin.

3D SCANNING

Our full-custom orthotics in Darwin use the latest in 3D scanning technology to produce a digital ‘footprint’ that will allow exact manufacturing of custom orthotics.

 

Utilising a dedicated orthotics laboratory, the orthotics can be made using a state-of-the-art 3D printer meaning lighter orthotics with faster rebound rates compared to older plastic/polypropylene devices.

 

Without having to use messy Plaster of Paris to take the casts of the feet, the digital image can be used in future if you require an exact replacement. 3D printing ensures less material waste (95+%) and is extremely environmentally friendly.

Orthotics FAQ

A custom orthotic is a specially made device to go within your shoe to improve function of your foot and ankle. The orthotic is designed to alter the current mechanics and alignment to relieve excess stress and strain on the lower leg and foot. The orthotic is ‘custom-made’ as the shape of the orthotic is made to the precise measurements of your foot with the use of a 3D scanner and exact correction added for exactly what each of your feet need.

Mostly we use either semi-custom or full-custom ‘functional’ orthotics. The semi-custom orthotics are tailored to your feet and are great for growing kids or adults who need only a mild amount of correction or support. Full-custom orthotics are made to the exact measurements of your feet using the 3D scanner and are great for people who require a larger amount of control to their feet or have a specific area that needs offloading. Both are made from a semi-rigid 3D printed material shell.

 

Mainly used in a hospital setting, soft ‘accommodative’ custom orthotics can be used to deflect pressure and spread load away from high pressure areas or wounds.

You will need a shoe that has a removable insole and ideally can be fastened or adjusted to the size of your foot (e.g. laces). Without the removable insole the orthotic may take up too much space within the shoe. Some orthotics can be specifically designed to fit semi-enclosed sandals and slip-on shoes or boots. Orthotics are not limited to use in just the one pair of shoes and are designed to be transferred between shoes. However, if you are wanting to transfer between runners and a more pointed pair of shoes they may not fit in the narrower ones. Please bring in all shoes you are wanting to wear them with, and we will do our best to accommodate.

The more you are in them, the more they will help you; wearing them more at the beginning when your pain is improving is recommended. You should wear your orthotics as much as possible and should always wear them during the activities that were causing pain in the first place, ie. work or sport. That said, you do not necessarily have to wear them 100% of the time.

 

Your orthotics should never cause you pain, although they may feel uncomfortable to begin with. During the initial two weeks of wearing the orthotics there will be a small transition period where your feet aren’t used to them and they are not yet comfortable, this is why we encourage wearing them in gradually. After this, you should not really notice them in your shoes.

Usually five-plus years for a semi-rigid orthotic, but maybe only one to two years if made of a softer EVA. This does however depend on a few factors such as how much the orthotic is used, what material is it made of and how much force or stress the person is putting through the orthotic. Children may outgrow the orthotics after approximately twelve-eighteen months. It is best to have your orthotics checked yearly to ensure they are still fitting correctly and are still providing adequate correction.

If you have any further questions about orthotics, please feel free to call 0428 976 360 or contact us through the website.