What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are customised devices that sit underneath the foot and inside the shoe to correct the way in which the foot moves.
There are many different types of orthotics available and this is because people have different needs depending on their shoes, activity levels, injuries, pain and foot type.
Orthotics may be casted from a mould or they may be designed according to a prescription for your needs.
At Suncoast Podiatry we specialise in:
- sports orthotics
- accommodative orthotics for diabetics or troublesome feet
- orthotics for tight shoes
The type of orthotics prescribed will be decided upon by you and our practitioner together.
How do orthoses work?
Faulty foot biomechanics is a common cause of heel/foot pain. Foot orthoses are custom made medical devices that alter the way forces move across joints. This reduces strain on injured tissue and improves gait efficiency. Foot orthoses can be designed to fit sandals, dress shoes, runners or speciality footwear such as golf shoes, basketball or soccer boots.
What is the difference between off-the-shelf and custom orthoses?
Custom orthoses may last between 3 to 4 years whereas a non custom device typically may last 12-18 months. Custom devices allow significantly less bulk.
Your Podiatrist may refer you for X-rays or Ultrasound imaging, this will be bulk-billed by Medicare.