Custom foot orthotics are devices which are prescribed as a highly useful adjunct to manual therapy and strengthening programs. Orthotics can be used to help manage a number of foot and leg conditions as they promote more even foot positioning and distribution of plantar pressures. The orthotics help to the position the feet in more of a neutral alignment, which helps to promote efficiency and stability in gait. Pod Fit are known for their use of more flexible foot inserts, which are well liked and prove great results compared to hard, rigid orthotics.
Custom Foot Orthotics
What are custom made orthotics?
Custom made orthotics are medical devices which are prescribed by your Podiatrist. They work to keep your feet in a more neutral alignment, to keep you stable and well supported throughout walking and running. Custom orthotics are made specifically for your individual feet, and can be customised as required after they are manufactured. They are made of either carbon fibre, polypropylene or EVA (ethyl-vinyl-acetate).
How do they work?
The most common method for an orthotic prescription is to balance out the foot to the most "ideal" or "neutral" position. The way, the device is helping your body to be in neutral alignment from the ground up. As you can imagine, any deviations from neutral or vertical means that the body has to work harder to keep moving efficiently. For example, a foot rolling in requires the body to work harder to keep the foot rolled out and straight -this is where an orthotic comes in. The orthotic will keep the feet exactly where they should ideally be positioned.
Can I wear them in all of my shoes?
Our belief is that a good foundation of supportive footwear is ideal when it comes to orthotic therapy. Most but not all shoes will cater an orthotic - please discuss this further with your Podiatrist. Sneakers generally will almost always cater for an orthotic to be inserted into the shoe. Sports orthotics are also available, which we regularly fit into soccer and football boots. For dress shoes, there are options available including narrower fitting and s-hook shape orthotics. There are some shoes which may not be suitable for orthotic treatment, these may include some ballet flats or open footwear. Your Podiatrist can guide you with footwear options.
How long do they last for?
Generally custom orthotics will last for up to 5 years or longer. The shell itself is long lasting and often the soft covering is all that may require more changing once a year or so. If a softer material like EVA is used for the shell of the device, the orthotics tend to last for 3 years or so. Frequency of use, body weight and activities performed can all impact the life of your orthotic. Once the initial orthotic is given to you, we will ensure to keep you on a regular recalling list so that if covers require replacement we will prompt you when the time is right to do so.
How are orthotics made?
- At your initial Podiatry consult your Podiatrist will provide you with a full management plan specific to your goals
- Biomechanical Assessment and Gait Analysis are both performed
- Casting of your feet occurs
- Your Podiatrist determines a prescription for what they know will work best for your feet
- Casts are sent off to the lab
- Custom Foot Orthotics are produced from the casts, and returned within 3 weeks
- Orthotic Fitting appointment is arranged
- A review appointment is organised
- At your review appointment your Podiatrist will recommend a long term review which is usually 6 - 12 monthly, or as required
What conditions are they proven to help with?
Private health rebates available for orthotics!