Orthotics Treatment in Adelaide

Orthotics Treatment in Adelaide

Do you suffer from constant aching in the feet? You may need an orthotics.

Compared to a shoe insert, which you can buy from a store without a prescription to provide cushioning and support to your feet, orthotics are specialized products that treat your feet.

Difference between a shoe insert and an orthotics?

Inserts are not custom-made; they are made to make your shoes adapt to your feet; they do not solve your foot problems. Orthotics, on the other hand,  are prescribed medical products that are offered by a podiatrist (doctor specializing in foot care) to correct your foot condition, and other related problems. 

There are many conditions that are related to feet, like arthritis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, neuroma and diabetes. All these cases need medical intervention.   Orthotics prescribed by a qualified podiatrist not only help you remedy your feet-related problems like pain and discomfort but also help you avoid surgery for many foot-related issues

Symptoms of orthotic

Our team of podiatrists closely examines your feet, and takes stock of various symptoms to arrive at a conclusion if you actually need an orthotic. Here are some symptoms and signs that may need a visit to a podiatrist to check if you need an orthotic:

  1. Persistent and/or irregular foot pain while walking or standing.
  2. Feet tend to be swollen
  3. Feet become injury-prone
  4. Feet tend to be inflamed

Causes of orthotic

Our podiatrists diagnose your foot condition to check if you have a superficial or underlying condition and suggest a custom orthotic that gives you the best results. Here are some of the common reasons one may need an orthotic –

  1. Presence of arthritis
  2. Presence of plantar fasciitis
  3. Back pain
  4. Presence of bursitis
  5. Spinal deformity
  6. Hammer toe
  7. Flat foot
  8. Presence of corns and calluses
  9. Presence of bunions
  10. Diabetes
  11. Heel spurs
  12. Injuries

Treatment for Orthotics

When you have a foot condition that makes it difficult for you to walk or even stand, a shoe insert will not solve the problem, an orthotic will.  There are many types of orthotics depending on specific feet-related problems, and your podiatrist is the best judge of what works for your specific case.

Our team of medical experts closely examines your medical condition, your medical history, and feet-related symptoms to suggest the best orthotic product for you.  For instance, if you have a hammer toe, we may suggest footwear with deep or wide toe box.  If you have diabetic ulcerations, a different line of orthotics like full-contact cushioned orthotics may be prescribed among other options.  Thus depending on a specific medical condition, an orthotic is prescribed by our team of foot doctors.

Frequently Asked Questions for Orthotics

A shoe insert is merely used for cushioning for the shoe, so that it adapts to your feet. But unlike a shoe insert which you can buy from a store, an orthotic product is available only with a foot doctor or a podiatrist. An orthotic product is recommended for specific foot-related problems and underlying diseases that cause foot problems.

An orthotic can also help with correcting and preventing foot deformities. Your overall foot and ankle functioning works at its optimum with the help of an orthotic device. For example, a heel cushion can reduce the impact on the feet and ankle, when your run and a heel flare can prevent an ankle sprain. So, an orthotic product can also help reduce the risks of future injuries.
Our team of expert foot doctors or podiatrists will closely examine your foot related problems and pain, and even related issues like back or spine-related issues to assess your actual health condition. We work with your medical history, closely track your symptoms and find out what worsens or eases your condition.

We conduct a physical examination of your feet, and may even ask you to walk and perform certain activities to understand how your feet function. Tests like X-ray, MRI or bone scans may be conducted to assess injury or conditions like arthritis. We undertake latest diagnostics to arrive at a personalized solution for your feet.

Do not take your feet problems lightly.  If you feel that you are having problems with your movement, especially your ankle and feet, please get in touch with a podiatrist. She or he will check if you need an orthotic device to make life easy and hassle free for you.

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