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ORTHOTICS

The team at Cheltenham Podiatry are your local orthotics experts. With specialist training in biomechanics and orthotic design, we offer a complete range of services in this area, including both adults’ and kids’ orthotics. 

What are orthotics?

They are arch support insoles worn inside your shoes. They can be soft or rigid, and fitted to various kinds of footwear. They are designed to improve the function and efficiency of the feet and lower limb joints by redistributing excess pressures and loads, improving postural stability and function, and reducing tissue stress and pain. 

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN ORTHOTICS HELP WITH?

They can be highly effective in preventing and treating a variety of common foot conditions, including:

  • Flat Feet
  • Arthritis (including feet, knee joint, big toe joint)
  • Achilles tendinopathy/tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Peroneal tendinopathy
  • Foot ulcers
  • Sever’s disease
  • Other types of pain in feet, heels, arches, joints, shins, knees or back
  • Paediatric development conditions/growing pains
  • Other types of pain in feet, heels, arches, joints, shins, knees or back
  • Posterior tibial dysfunction
  • Early bunion development
  • Overuse and sports injuries
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CUSTOM ORTHOTICS

Thanks to 3D laser foot scan and printing technology, we can now offer 3D printed custom orthotics. The design of a custom orthotic is based on biomechanical assessment, medical conditions and foot pathology, as well as lifestyle factors such as the patient’s activities and footwear preferences.

Your orthotic prescription may be accompanied with a treatment program of muscle stretching, strengthening, mobilization, and footwear advice as necessary.

Semi-custom orthotics

Semi-custom orthotics are pre-made to a template that can be manipulated to suit patients’ differing needs. They are available as soft or rigid, in a range of padding and material types.

A gait analysis and biomechanical assessment is used to determine what you need from your orthotics and adapt them accordingly. Your orthotic prescription may be accompanied with a treatment program of muscle stretching, strengthening, mobilization, and footwear advice as necessary.

Preformed/off shelf orthotics

Preformed orthotics are ‘off the shelf’ models. Unlike custom made orthotics, they are not tailored to your feet.

In certain cases, these can be a good solution for treating simple foot conditions requiring only mild support.

Children's ORTHOTICS

In children, orthotics can help encourage normal leg development and function, particularly where there are issues such as foot deformities and growth pains.

They are easy for kids to use, and can be placed directly into shoes. Due to growing feet, they need to be replaced fairly often, generally with every second increase in shoe size.

Biomechanical assessment and gait analysis

Our clinic uses up-to-date methods for assessing your orthotic needs.

3D LASER FOOT SCAN

We introduced the latest state-of-the-art 3D laser-scanning technology to capture and display the unique shape and structure of your feet in seconds. This approach ensures that you have an accurately measured custom orthotic insole with minimal inconvenience.

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ARE ORTHOTICS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Cheltenham Podiatry is ready to advise on all aspects of treatment with orthotics.

Cheltenham based, our clinic offers a full range of orthotics for flat feet, plantar fasciitis, bunions, high arches and many other common foot conditions.

Contact us by using our contact form below, or give us a call on 03 9583 3093.

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