Customised Foot Orthotics

Support and dramatic pain relief from heel pain, lower back pain, general foot discomfort

Customised Foot Orthotics​

Support and dramatic pain relief from heel pain, lower back pain, general foot discomfort

Customised foot orthoses, also known as custom orthotics, are specially designed shoe inserts that are made to fit the individual needs of a patient’s feet. These devices are created using a variety of materials and techniques to provide support, cushioning, and alignment to the feet. Custom orthotics are commonly used to treat various foot and lower extremity conditions, including plantar fasciitis, flat feet, high arches, and bunions.

What is a Customised Foot Orthosis AKA Custom Orthotic?

Customised foot orthoses are medical devices that are designed to fit an individual’s feet and provide support, cushioning, and alignment to the feet. These devices are typically prescribed by a podiatrist and are made from a variety of materials, including foam, plastic, and carbon fiber. The customisation process involves taking a mold of the patient’s foot, which is used to create a personalised device that is tailored to their specific foot and gait.

What Are Custom Orthotics Designed For?

Custom orthotics are designed to correct biomechanical abnormalities in the feet and lower limbs. They are used to help eliminate pain and are prescribed by podiatrists to help with issues affecting the foot, leg, hips and even the lower back. They help with the treatment of foot pain, bunions, corns, callus, heel pain, running pain, walking, balance, stability, and help prevent the development of corns, callus, wounds and other issues pertaining to the foot, leg, hip, and lower back.

How Does Orthotic Therapy Work?

After conducting a foot analysis, we develop customised foot orthotics to improve foot function by posting the foot back to the where is considered the “normal” or “neutral” position. The aim of a orthotic therapy is to control and direct the movements of the foot to improve the function of the foot and lower limb. Alternatively, orthotics are used to redistribute pressure away from troublesome areas to stop or reduce the development of corns, callus, ulcers and wounds. This is ever more important in diabetic, neuropathic, and elderly populations.

By redistributing or deflecting pressure away from boney prominences or high-pressure areas under the foot, we can help reduce the onset of pressure sores, wounds, ulcers, corns and callus. At Bespoke Health and Performance this is done by taking a three-dimensional image of the foot, then making the changes required to improve the foot function and accommodate any bony prominences or other abnormal anatomical structures. This way any lesions or prominences that are points of irritation can be accommodated to redistribute and reduce pressure or friction. When having a customised foot orthotic made, you are having a medical device designed and created that is specific to the requirements of your foot, made to a three-dimensional image of your foot.

What Conditions Are Orthotics Used For?

Signs and Symptoms You May Need Orthotics

There are several signs and symptoms that may indicate the need for custom orthotics, including:

  • Chronic foot pain
  • Pain in the arches, heels, or balls of the feet
  • Frequent ankle sprains or instability
  • Chronic knee, hip, or lower back pain
  • Difficulty standing or walking for extended periods of time
  • Frequent blisters or calluses on the feet

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to consult with a podiatrist or other healthcare professional to determine if custom orthotics may be an appropriate treatment option.

Different Types Of Custom Orthotics?

There are several different types of custom foot orthotics, each designed to address specific foot conditions and needs. The most common types of custom orthotics include:

  • Rigid Orthotics: Rigid orthotics are made from materials like plastic or carbon fiber, and are designed to control motion in the foot and ankle. They are typically used to treat conditions like shin splints, flat feet, and leg length discrepancies.

  • Semi-Rigid Orthotics: Semi-rigid orthotics are made from materials like rubber or leather, and provide a balance of support and flexibility. They are often used to treat conditions like plantar fasciitis, arthritis, and ankle instability.

  • Soft Orthotics: Soft orthotics are made from cushioning materials like foam or gel, and are designed to provide shock absorption and pressure relief. They are typically used to treat conditions like diabetic foot ulcers, heel spurs, and metatarsalgia.

  • Accommodative Orthotics: Accommodative orthotics are also made from cushioning materials, but are designed to provide additional cushioning and support to specific areas of the foot. They are often used to treat conditions like corns, calluses, bursitis, pressure sores, ulcers, and arthritis.

What's The Difference Between Custom And Non-Custom Orthotics?

Non-custom orthotics or over-the-counter (OTC) devices are pre-made inserts that are available at chemists and other retail outlets. They are designed to provide general support and cushioning, and can be helpful for individuals with mild foot pain or discomfort. However, OTC orthotics are not designed to address specific foot conditions, and may not provide the necessary support and correction for more serious foot problems. They are more of a one size fits all, prefabricated device that do not address an individuals specific requirements, as customised orthotics do.

Custom orthotics, on the other hand, are individually prescribed devices, crafted to meet the specific needs of each patient. They are designed based on a thorough examination of the patient’s foot structure, gait, and medical history, and can provide targeted support and correction for a wide range of foot conditions. While custom orthotics may be more expensive than OTC inserts, they are often more effective in treating foot problems, and last much longer being made of much higher quality materials.

When to See a Podiatrist

If you are experiencing foot pain, discomfort, or other foot-related issues, it is important to see a podiatrist. Podiatrists are specialized healthcare professionals who can diagnose and treat a wide range of foot and ankle problems, including those that may require custom orthotics.

Some signs that you may need to see a podiatrist include:

  • Persistent foot or ankle pain
  • Changes in the appearance of your feet or toenails
  • Difficulty walking or standing for extended periods of time
  • Numbness or tingling in your feet
  • Wounds or sores that are slow to heal
  • A history of foot or ankle problems, including injuries or surgeries

By working with a podiatrist, you can receive a thorough evaluation of your foot health, and receive the personalized care and treatment you need to maintain optimal foot health and function.

How To Care For Custom Orthotics

Custom orthotics require proper care and maintenance to extend their lifespan and ensure optimal performance. Here are some tips for caring for your custom orthotics:

  • Clean them regularly: Use a damp cloth to wipe down your orthotics after each use. Avoid using harsh chemicals or soaking them in water, as this can damage the material.

  • Air them out: After each use, remove your orthotics from your shoes and allow them to air out for a few hours. This helps prevent bacteria growth and prolongs the life of the orthotics.

  • Store them properly: When you’re not using your orthotics, store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid leaving them in your car or other areas with extreme temperatures.

  • Replace them when necessary: Custom orthotics are designed to last a long time, but they will eventually wear out. If you notice any signs of wear and tear, such as cracks or frayed edges, it’s time to replace them.

FAQ's

Customised foot orthotics are prescribed by an experienced podiatrist with a solid understanding of foot structure and function. Customised orthotics are designed by applying different angles, lifts, drops, deflections, spacers, and a multitude of other modifications to optimise foot function. This is why it is important to ensure that when having a prescription for customised orthotics made, you are seeing a podiatrist that is well experienced in prescribing customised foot orthotics.

Having customised foot orthotics made is easy, our Sydney based podiatrists are extremely experienced and have been helping people get out of pain for years! To have customised orthotics made, just book a biomechanical assessment with one of our podiatrists and let them know you are looking to have orthotics made. From here one of our experienced podiatrists will discuss what the issues are, assess whether you do actually need orthotics or not, and if so, come up with your prescription, design your device, take three dimensional impressions of your feet and have your orthotics made.

The coverage for orthotics by private health insurance plans may vary depending on the insurance provider and the specific plan. Some plans may cover a portion or all of the cost of custom orthotics, while others may not provide any coverage. It is important to check with your insurance provider to determine what is covered under your plan and whether you need prior authorization or a prescription from a healthcare provider. You may also need to visit an in-network provider to receive full coverage for the orthotics.

Custom orthotics may require a break-in period, depending on the individual’s needs and the type of orthotics being used. During this period, patients may experience some discomfort or soreness as their feet adjust to the new support. However, this discomfort should subside within a few days to a few weeks. To help alleviate discomfort, patients should gradually increase the time spent in orthotics by one hour per day for the first four days, then by day five they are usually fine to wear all day. The coverage for orthotics by private health insurance plans may vary depending on the insurance provider and the specific plan. Some plans may cover a portion or all of the cost of custom orthotics, while others may not provide any coverage. It is important to check with your insurance provider to determine what is covered under your plan and whether you need prior authorization or a prescription from a healthcare provider. You may also need to visit an in-network provider to receive full coverage for the orthotics.. 

The lifespan of custom orthotics varies depending on a number of factors, including the type of device, the materials used, and the frequency of use. On average, custom orthotics can last anywhere from 1 to 5 years before a prescription may need to be updated. Materials such as polypropylene have demostrated to last for up to 15 years before starting to lose there structural integrity! However, it is important to have your orthotics checked regularly by a podiatrist or other healthcare professional to ensure that they are still providing the necessary support and function.

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