Orthotics

Most leg and foot pain is caused by misalignment, excessive movement and poor posture of the legs and feet. This puts excessive strain on the joints, muscles and bones leading to pain and ultimately deforrmtiy of the joints.  Orthotics are dsigned to gently modify the amount of motion or direction of motion to ease strain on soft tissues and joints

What are orthotics?

Foot orthotics are custom designed and individually manufactured foot supports that fit into your existing shoes to support, realign or cushion your feet. 

Orthotics gently support the feet and encourage the foot arches, knees and hips to function efficiently without undue stresses and strains.

Gosnells Podiatry utilises the very latest in scanning tehnology and computer aided design and manufacture of your orthtics to guarantee accracuy and maximise your comfort. The orthtics are lightweight, flexible, thin and should last many years before nedding replacement..

Orthotics can be made from a variety of materials ranging from very firm plastic to very soft rubber or foams. Additionally theycan be long or short, thick or thin narrow or wide. It really is possible to design an orthotic to fit most footwear styles and foot problems.

Who needs Orthotics?

Common conditions that foot orthotics are used to treat include; children's growing pains, flat feet, pinched nerves, heel spur pain, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, arch pain, bunion pain, and shin and knee soreness.

Orthotics are routinely prescribed to people of all ages from toddlers through to the elderly.

People with active lifestyles and occupations often require orthotics to help their feet cope with everyday demands of a busy lifestyle.

Children often require orthotics to treat foot conditions related to growing bones and some children unfortunately inherit mum or dads bad feet and often wear orthotics to encourage better development into later life.

The elderly often benefit from  a more cushioning style of orthotics to assist with relief from conditions associated with ageing such as arthritis, corns and callouses.

What shoes can I wear them in?

In most cases orthotics will easily fit most of your existing shoes, provided they are secured to your your foot with laces or straps and ideally have enclsoed heels.

However it is certainly very easy to fit them into many styles of slip on shoes, sandals or fashion shoes. Many shoes manufacturers now specifically make orthtic friendly slipons shoes and summer sandals.

How are orthotics made?

Most foot problems are caused by feet that have an excessive inward roll (pronate). This causes the arches to flatten, the ankles to bulge inwards the foot to lengthen and the lower leg to rotate and bend inwards.

A visual examination determines how your foot motion influences the movement of your legs and upper body.

Your leg and foot alignment is measured.

Your feet are digitally scanned and modified to place your feet in the correct position.

Your orthotics

Bad Alignment

Good Alignment

Good Alignment