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Custom Orthotics – Enhancing Foot Comfort & Function

At Instep Podiatry in Adelaide, we understand the importance of healthy feet. They are the foundation that supports our entire body, and when they’re not functioning optimally, it can lead to pain, discomfort, and even mobility issues. Here’s where custom orthotics come in.

What are Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are shoe inserts designed and crafted specifically for your feet. Unlike generic insoles found off-the-shelf, custom orthotics are tailored to address your unique foot anatomy and biomechanics. They are created using a cast or digital scan of your foot, ensuring a perfect fit and optimal support.

How Podiatrists Create Custom Orthotics

Here’s a glimpse into the process of creating custom orthotics at Instep Podiatry:

  1. Comprehensive Assessment: Our podiatrist will conduct a thorough examination of your feet and ankles, including a gait analysis to assess your walking pattern. This helps identify any underlying conditions or imbalances.
  2. Impression or Scan: A physical impression of your foot using a casting material or a high-tech 3D digital scan will be captured. This detailed information allows for the creation of a precise orthotic mould.
  3. Orthotic Design and Fabrication: Based on the assessment and impression/scan, your podiatrist designs custom orthotics to address your specific needs. The orthotics are then manufactured using high-quality materials to provide the necessary support and comfort.

Benefits of Custom Orthotics

Custom orthotics offer a range of benefits for people suffering from various foot conditions, including:

  • Improved Foot Comfort: Orthotics can help alleviate pain caused by flat feet, high arches, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and other foot problems.
  • Enhanced Biomechanics: They can correct abnormal foot posture and movement patterns, leading to better alignment and stability.
  • Injury Prevention: Custom orthotics can help prevent future foot and ankle injuries by promoting proper biomechanics and reducing stress on the joints.
  • Increased Performance: For athletes, orthotics can enhance performance by providing optimal support and stability during activity.

Who Can Benefit from Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are not a one-size-fits-all solution. However, they can be particularly beneficial for individuals experiencing:

  • Foot pain: Whether it’s heel pain, arch pain, or forefoot pain, orthotics can help alleviate discomfort and improve function.
  • Arthritis: Orthotics can help distribute weight more evenly, reducing pressure on arthritic joints in the feet.
  • Diabetes: For people with diabetes, proper foot care is crucial. Orthotics can help prevent diabetic foot ulcers by promoting circulation and reducing pressure points.
  • Biomechanical Abnormalities: If you have flat feet, high arches, or other biomechanical issues, orthotics can help correct these imbalances and improve alignment.

Considering Custom Orthotics in Adelaide?

If you’re experiencing foot pain or discomfort, our podiatrists at Instep Podiatry in Adelaide can assess your needs and determine if custom orthotics are the right solution for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take a step towards healthier, happier feet!

For more information, email or call Instep on (08) 8250 3732 to book an appointment.

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