Orthotics near Ascot Vale
Melbourne Podiatrist proudly offer services in prescribing and fitting pre fabricated and custom made orthotics to residents in Ascot Vale,VIC.
What are orthotics?
Orthotics or orthoses are medical devices which fit inside your shoes to fix and guide the motion of your feet. They work by correcting and supporting your foot’s arch and alignment to restore natural foot function. The most common biomechanical fault is over ‘pronation‘, which is the dropping of your arch causing flat feet, and the rolling inwards of your feet and ankles. Over pronation affects an estimated 70% of the population. Alternatively, high arches can lead to supination, or excessive rolling out of your feet. Both these conditions place stress on other areas of your body.
Custom designed orthotics, will over time, correct the poor alignment of your feet. In turn, this will help alleviate painful symptoms not only in the feet but in other parts of your body, such as knee pain, shin pain, heel pain, and lower back pain.
Why are there different types of orthotics?
Our Melbourne podiatrists prescribe various types of orthotics depending on your requirements and your budget. Top of the range are custom made cast orthotics which can be firm or soft, are robust and are very effective in correcting severe biomechanical problems. More importantly, cast devices can be regularly adjusted to accommodate changes in your lifestyle and foot health.
We also offer pre fabricated orthotics which have been designed by podiatrists in Melbourne, which can be customised to suit your feet. These devices are very good quality but not as robust as cast orthotics. They are much cheaper than other options, especially for children. These devices offer much greater support than ‘inner soles’ which can be purchased from a chemist or retail outlet.
Why should you see a podiatrist for your orthotics?
A podiatrist is university qualified in the study of the feet and lower limbs. We are specialists in the study of biomechanics so when you see a podiatrist you can be assured that you will be thoroughly assessed before a treatment plan is recommended. Our podiatrists will conduct a biomechanical assessment of your feet and lower limbs, video your gait to analyse how you walk and run and only then will they prescribe a treatment plan for you. Your plan may or may not include orthotics. More importantly, our podiatrist will help you understand which orthotics are best for your individual situation. Private health rebates are applicable if your orthotics are issued by a qualified podiatrist.
Know that our professionals are experts at what they do and can help provide an individual plan for your needs, whether this includes orthotics or not. If orthotics are prescribed and fitted correctly, they should not be uncomfortable to wear.