Orthotics Camberwell

At our Melbourne foot clinic we have a large range of orthotics to suit children, adults, seniors and sporting feet. Our team of highly qualified podiatrists in Melbourne are trained in all aspects of orthotic therapy, including custom prescription for all ages, and will make sure your next pair of orthotics are prescribed accurately. Our Melbourne clinic also offers a large range of prefabricated devices to suit all foot types and budgets. If you think your feet could  benefit from orthotics in Melbourne then look no further – we are the number one choice!

What are orthotics?

Orthotics (also know as orthoses) are medical foot devices prescribed by a podiatrist or heath professional, designed specifically to improve foot function and lower leg mechanics. They are placed into your footwear and work by restoring and supporting the foot’s normal arch and alignment.

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Why is foot function important during gait?

The function of your feet is very important when walking or running. Ideally your feet should roll in slightly (pronate) at ground contact as this helps to absorb shock and forces associated with heel strike. However during midstance and single leg stance the foot should stop rolling and be more stable as it supports the leg and prepares for propulsion. During propulsion the foot should be stable and act as a rigid lever so you get maximum propulsion with little output at toe off.

If your foot rolls in too much or excessively pronates then it can cause excess rotation and strain on other joints further up the leg. It causes the foot to become unstable and apropulsive during gait. This instability is then transferred to other joints further up the leg. Excess foot pronation causes excess internal rotation of the lower leg, knee, hip and pelvis. The result is more strain on muscles and joints, poor alignment, reduced stability and an increased likelihood of foot and lower leg pain.

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How can orthotics benefit your feet?

Orthotics improve foot function and help to correct biomechanical faults. These faults are often detected by our Melbourne podiatrists using computer gait analysis and are a common cause of lower leg and foot injuries. Some common biomechanical faults observed during gait include; excess pronation, over supination, ankle instability, pelvic tilt, and leg length discrepancies. Orthotics when placed in appropriate footwear eliminates these faults, which results in improved stability, muscle function, lower leg mechanics and gait. This can help treat and prevent common foot and lower leg symptoms (see below for specific conditions):

Orthotics in CamberwellOrthotics prescribed at our Melbourne clinic can help treat the following common children’s conditions that affect the foot and lower leg:

  • Flat feet
  • Intoeing
  • Out-toeing
  • Knock knees
  • Bow legs
  • Growing pains
  • Sever’s disease
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease

Please visit our children’s podiatrist services page for more information on these common children’s foot conditions.

Melbourne OrthoticsOrthotics prescribed at our Melbourne clinic can help treat some of the following common conditions that cause foot pain:

orthotics MelbourneOrthotics prescribed at our Melbourne clinic can help treat some of the following common causes ankle pain:

  • Ankle sprains and instability
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Stress fractures
  • Joint pain
  • Tendon pain

Please visit our sports podiatrist services page for more information on some of these common ankle conditions.

Children's Orthotics MelbourneOrthotics prescribed at our Melbourne clinic can help treat the following common conditions that cause leg pain:

  • Shin splints
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tendon pain
Orthotics MelbourneOrthotics prescribed at our Melbourne clinic can help treat some of the following common causes knee pain:

  • Patellofemoral pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Osgood-schlatter disease (children)
  • Hamstring tendinitis

Please visit our sports podiatrist services page for more information on common conditions that cause knee pain.

orthotics MelbourneOrthotics prescribed at our Melbourne clinic can help treat the following common conditions that cause hip pain:

  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Sciatica

orthotics in MelbourneOrthotics prescribed at our Melbourne clinic can help treat the following common causes of lower back pain:

  • Spinal instability
  • Scoliosis
  • Muscle strains
  • Sciatica
  • Leg length discrepancies
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Who can benefit from arch support?

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Everyone can benefit from arch support and at our Melbourne podiatry clinic our podiatrists prescribe orthotics for children, adults, seniors and sports athletes.

children's orthotics MelbourneChildren’s orthotics can be of great benefit to children’s feet especially during growth and development.  Children’s feet are the corner stone to support and stability. When placed in footwear these foot devices improve foot function and thus improves a child’s alignment and stability.

At our Melbourne foot clinic our children’s podiatrists are experienced in prescribing orthotics for children of all ages. These foot devices are used at our Melbourne clinic to help treat a number of common children’s foot problems. When prescribed accurately children’s orthotics can help treat growing pains, Sever’s disease, flat feet, foot pain, ankle pain, knee pain and more. They also help protect a child’s foot structure and help prevent foot joint degeneration and deformities later in life.

Please visit our dedicated page on children’s orthotics for more information.

adult orthotics MelbourneOrthotics can be of great benefit to adult’s feet. By restoring the foot’s natural arch and function these foot devices help improve lower leg alignment. This can help prevent or slow down the progression of osteoarthritis in knees and hips that are very common later in life.

Our Melbourne podiatrists are experienced in prescribing orthotics for all adult feet including flat feet and high arch feet. They are used in our Melbourne clinic to help treat a number of common adult foot conditions including plantar fasciitis, heel pain, achilles tendinopathy, ankle pain, shin splints, knee pain, hip pain and even lower back pain. They also help redistribute pressure on adult feet and this can help reduce painful blisters, corns and callus.

Seniors orthotics MelbourneOrthotics can be of great importance to senior’s feet or feet of the elderly. No age is too old and when placed in appropriate footwear they can make a big difference to your mobility, which is vital to your overall health. As we age our muscles and ligaments lose strength making older people less stable and more prone to tripping and falls. Orthotics work by supporting the foot’s arch and this can help improve lower leg stability and balance.

At our Melbourne foot clinic these foot devices are often used prescribed by our podiatrists to help treat common foot conditions affecting senior’s feet. They can help reduce pain associated with arthritis, bunions, tendon pain, muscle pain, joint pain, as well as painful corns and callus.

sports orthotics MelbourneSports orthotics can be of great benefit to athletes and sporting feet. When we run we place up to three times our body weight on our feet so proper foot function is vital to prevent injuries. When used inside sporting footwear or athletic shoes these foot devices can help your feet and legs function better. The result is improved lower leg muscle function and less muscle fatigue. They also help prevent common lower leg sports injuries and help athletes perform better and longer at their chosen sport.

Our Melbourne sports podiatrists are experienced in prescribing sports orthotics for all patients including children’s sporting feet. These foot devices can be tailor made to suit individual sporting activities including, football, soccer, cricket, netball, basketball, running, tennis and other activities. At our Melbourne podiatry clinic sports orthotics are used to help treat and prevent a number of lower leg sporting injuries in both adult and children’s feet. This includes plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinopathy, stress fractures, Sever’s disease, Osgood-schlatter disease, ankle pain, shin splints, knee pain, hip pain and more.

Please visit our sports podiatrist services page for more information on common lower leg sports injuries that orthotics can help treat.

Orthotics available at our Melbourne clinic

At our Melbourne foot clinic we have a large range of orthotics suitable for all ages including children, adults, seniors and sports athletes. Our podiatrists have devices to suit all foot types and all budgets. Whether you need a cushioning, pressure relief, functional, prefabricated, non-cast, or custom-made orthotic our team of experienced podiatrists at our Melbourne foot clinic will make sure you get the best care for your feet.

Cushioning orthotics Melbourne podiatristCushioning orthotics are primarily prescribed by our Melbourne podiatrists to increase cushioning and shock absorption the the foot. This is particularly important in older feet as the fat pad reduces under the forefoot. Arthritic foot types and sporting athletes can also benefit from these cushioning devices.

Cushioning orthotics are made from soft materials with good shock absorption properties. They can be designed as either a flat insole or a device which includes some arch support.

Pressure relief orthotics Melbourne podiatristPressure relief orthotics are prescribed by our Melbourne podiatrists to redistribute pressure away from high stress and painful areas (such as metatarsal heads) on the bottom of the foot. This can help patients who are suffering from arthritis or painful lesions such as corns, callus and scar tissue. This type of foot device can also help treat and prevent ulcers on the sole of the foot and thus help prevent more serious infection.

Pressure relief orthotics are designed by our Melbourne podiatrists and incorporate soft accommodative padding built into the design to redistribute pressure. Thy can be designed as a flat insole or incorporated into prefabricated or custom designs. Custom orthotics with pressure relief padding incorporated into the cover design work the best as the customised arch will help take more load off other parts of the foot such as the forefoot.

Functional orthotics Melbourne podiatristFunctional orthotics are primarily prescribed by our Melbourne podiatrists to improve foot function and lower leg mechanics. These foot devices are biomechanically designed to help prevent excess foot pronation and abnormal movement of the foot during gait. They also improve lower leg mechanics, alignment and stability. This can help treat plantar fasciitis, heel pain, foot pain, ankle pain, shin pain, knee pain, hip pain and even lower back pain.

Functional orthotics can be either prefabricated or custom-made. The podiatrists at our Melbourne foot clinic are experienced in prescription of these functional foot devices for all ages including children, adult, senior and sporting feet. Functional orthotics are mostly prescribed following biomechanical assessment and computer gait analysis.

Prefabricated orthotics Melbourne podiatristPrefabricated orthotics are generally softer style arch supports that are made with a standard arch to a standard foot model. They come in various sizes but with only the one standard correction. At our Melbourne foot clinic we stock a large range of prefabricated devices to suit all foot types and all budgets. This includes prefabricated children’s arch supports and heat mouldable supports for sporting athletes and running shoes.

Prefabricated orthotics are a functional device and can be prescribed by our podiatrists on the spot at our Melbourne clinic provided you have an appointment. Unfortunately prebfabricated arch supports have limitations due to their foot correction ability. Also they are generally made out of softer materials which means they are more bulky, less corrective and more susceptible to fatigue when compared to custom orthotics.

Non-cast orthotics Melbourne podiatristNon-cast orthotics are semi-customised functional devices that are matched according to a patients foot tracing and size. These foot devices are made at Footwork, the same lab that makes our custom devices and are called Joeys. They look similar to our custom orthotics except they only come in four different styles, each with their own unique correction.

Non-cast Joey orthotics are a better option to prefabricated devices as they are less bulky, more corrective and last longer. They also make a great cost alternative to custom devices but unfortunately they will not suit all foot types and arch shapes. Our Melbourne podiatrists will let you know if your feet are suited to Joey orthotics.

Custom orthotics MelbourneCustom orthotics are custom-made functional foot devices. They are the best foot devices available and provide the most accurate support you can get for your feet. These custom devices are prescribed by our podiatrists at our Melbourne foot clinic following computer gait analysis and 3D laser scanned digital casts. Our custom orthotics are manufactured at Footwork one of the leading labs in Australia, ensuring quality and precision.

Custom orthotics are tailor made to your feet and follow a prescription based on your symptoms, your footwear and your biomechanics. They are designed to optimise your foot function and lower leg mechanics. At our Melbourne foot clinic custom devices can be prescribed in a range of materials (rigid or soft) and designs (thick or thin) to suit any foot and footwear requirement. Because they are custom-made to your feet, no matter what the material, if they are prescribed right they should be 100% comfortable.

Custom orthotics are fantastic for treating nearly all conditions of the feet and can help treat ankle pain, shin pan, knee pain, hip pain and even lower back pain. They are also great for treating difficult conditions such as plantar fasciitis and heel pain.

The professional team of podiatrists at our Melbourne clinic are experienced in custom orthotic prescription for all ages including children’s feet, adult, seniors and sporting feet.

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Why choose us for orthotic therapy?

Melbourne Podiatrists & Orthotics are the preferred choice when it comes to orthotic therapy for the whole family.

  • Our podiatrists, unlike other health professionals, are university trained in biomechanics, gait analysis and orthotic therapy.
  • We have unsurpassed knowledge about the foot, its structure, muscles and its function.
  • Our podiatrists have the expertise to prescribe orthotics to help treat problems associated with for children’s feet, adult, seniors and sporting feet.
  • We know what type of orthotics work best to treat difficult and chronic foot conditions like plantar fasciitis and heel spur pain.
  • We know that orthotics are often only part of the solution in helping to solve foot, ankle, lower leg, knee, hip and back pain. That’s why we prescribe you with other treatment, such specific strengthening and stretching exercises, to help solve your problem.
  • Our Melbourne foot clinic stocks a wide range of prefabricated devices to suit all foot types and budgets.
  • Our Melbourne podiatrists are experienced in prescribing custom orthotics for all ages including children, adults, seniors and sporting athletes.
  • We can prescribe custom devices to suit almost any footwear including sports shoes, business shoes and slim fitting ladies fashion shoes.
  • We use the latest technology including computer gait analysis and the Delcam iQube 3D laser scanner to produce accurate digital casts and custom foot devices.
  • We ensure accuracy of custom orthotics through our orthotic comfort guarantee. We are unaware of any other Melbourne clinic that provides this level and quality of service.
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Do your feet need support?

At our Melbourne foot clinic we have a large range of orthotics to suit all foot types and budgets. Our podiatrists are experienced in all aspects orthotic therapy including custom orthotic prescription for all ages. The team of podiatrists at our foot clinic in Melbourne are also experienced children’s podiatrists and sports podiatrists.

For accurate and comfortable orthotics book a consultation with one of our professional podiatrists today.