Every solid building must have a solid foundation to support and distribute the stress applied to it by the structure above. As the foundations for your body, your feet are no different. They must be able to withstand the pressures of day-to-day life without causing you discomfort or pain.
Incorrect foot alignment can be the cause of many foot-related problems, but can also affect other joints, including the knees, hips and spine.
What are Foot Orthotics?
Foot orthotics are supports that fit into your shoes to help accommodate structural irregularities, allowing your feet, knees, hips and back to function at their maximum potential.
Why Would Someone Be Prescribed
Amongst many other musculoskeletal conditions, evidence suggests that when correctly diagnosed, appropriately manufactured foot orthotics can help with:
- Flat feet/Overpronation
- Heel spurs
- Achilles tendonitis
- Arch pain
- Pain in the balls of the feet
- High Arches
- Ankle pain & instability
- Knee pain & instability
- Growth related disorders of the legs and feet
- Shin splints
- Leg length differences
- Hip and lower back pain
- Diabetic foot management
- Recurrent stress fractures of the foot
What to Expect When You Visit
The Orthotic Clinic:
At your first appointment, your Orthotist will conduct a foot & lower limb assessment before outlining your individualised treatment plan. If custom foot orthotics are recommended as part of your treatment, we will discuss with you the features you require, why they are necessary, and take an impression of your feet using our 3D laser scanner. – Please allow 45 minutes for this appointment.
Design & Manufacture
This 3D impression is then used by our CAD-CAM (Computer Aided Design – Computer Aided Manufacture) software to create a bespoke orthotic device, which is then milled using our very own orthotic carving machine. But some things are still best left to humans. That’s why your Orthotist will then personally hand finish your orthotics. Typically they will be ready for fitting within 7-14 days, however if needed urgently, the process can be expedited to as little as 3 days.
At your fitting appointment, your Orthotist will assess the fit of your orthotics in your footwear, make slight adjustments if needed, and advise you on how best to settle into them. Please allow 15 minutes for this appointment.
Typically, your first review is three weeks after your fitting. This allows time for you to gradually become acquainted with your orthotics. At this appointment, we will measure your progress and may make adjustments to them to ensure they are functioning correctly. Your orthotic treatment includes up to three review appointments if needed. Please allow 15 minutes for this appointment.
How are ours different?
The Orthotic Clinic specialises in custom-made foot orthotics manufactured from rubber compounds instead of rigid plastic materials to provide you with the most appropriate balance of cushioning and support for your lifestyle. So, whether you’re younger or older, bigger or smaller, marathon runner or Sunday stroller, we’ll find the right combination for you.
We also believe that no one knows your feet better than the practitioner you have your consultation with. For this reason, our orthotists personally cast your feet in plaster and manufacture your orthotics. We never outsource them to laboratories, where the staff that manufacture them have never even met you, let alone seen your feet. That just doesn’t make sense to us. Our processes ensure that all orthotics are specifically designed for your foot shape and meet the highest possible standards. Having your orthotics made on-site also means you will be walking in them sooner.
Our Ongoing Care
At The Orthotic Clinic, we appreciate that people are different. Some may need several adjustments to their orthotics in the weeks following their fitting, while others may need none at all. If you need additional adjustments, we don’t think it’s fair to charge you for these extra consultations. That’s why all clients fitted with custom-made orthotics have up to three reviews available to use and for any reason in the three months following their fitting, at no additional cost.
The Orthotic Clinic’s very own digital laboratory uses the most advanced CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacture) technology available, and we’re pretty excited about it!
No more messy plaster casts – we now use 3D laser scanning to capture and image of the foot. This technology allows us to provide a much quicker, cleaner and more accurate process than ever before. Orthotic modelling software is then used to create a tailor-made design, which is sent to our orthotic mill for fabrication. This means our orthotics are more precise and can be fitted in as little as three days. As you would expect, this technology allows us to store all designs for the fitting of additional pairs at a significantly reduced cost.