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Footwear & Orthotics
The athletic shoe is commercially available in many styles, designs and colours. In fact there are over 400 different footwear models available to the consumer. How do you know what shoe is best suited to your feet, running style, or injury? Our team has vast experience in footwear prescription.
Dr Michael Kinchington PhD has developed the innovative footwear app Shoe Buddy TM The App provides current information on a range of running shoes and allows you to scan your foot, enabling Shoe Buddy TM to determine the correct shoe for you based upon your weight bearing foot shape.
The Centre obtains regular briefs from all the athletic footwear companies and liaises closely with specialty running shoe stores. Furthermore, podiatrists within the practice are involved in post graduate footwear related research.
Let our team to prescribe the shoe for you, provide a list of suitable models matched to foot type, and a shoe matched to your lower limb kinematics, injury history and body shape.
Footwear Tips for shoe selection & use
Scientific evidence shows that musculoskeletal conditions of the foot-ankle & lower limb can be assisted with the use of an orthotic. Stabilisation of foot mechanics and altering the angular alignment of the foot through orthotics, unloads the muscles, tendons & joints of the foot-ankle & lower limb. Improved overall postural body position may also be achieved when an orthotic is tailored for an individual. If the foot-ankle complex are not aligned correctly, the lower limb will compensate and create other imbalances within the entire musculoskeletal system.
Who needs orthotics?
Orthotics (arch supports) assist foot, leg and postural discomfort due to a walking or running imbalance. Joint and muscle imbalances such as flat feet, rigid high arch feet, knock knees, leg length differences, bunions and bowed legs are all implicated in many musculoskeletal foot-leg discomfort conditions.
What specific conditions may be helped?
Which orthotic is correct for me?
There are many types of orthotics ranging from simple cushioned gel insoles, inserts which support the arch and customised orthotics. The library has relevant articles about orthotics which can be downloaded.
The Centre For Podiatric Medicine sources a range of orthotics from quality manufacturers and laboratories who use evidence based practices.
For prescription orthotics we have partnered with Biolab in Western Australia for over 20 years. Biolab is one of the eminent foot orthotic laboratories in the country designing orthoses and corrected moulds with the aid of 3D CAD CAM and 3D Non Weight Bearing Foot Scanning. The turn-around time from visit to practice to dispensing your orthotics is 10-14 days; one of the fastest in the country. If needed this process can be done within 36 hours.
For Generic Medical Orthotics we have partnered suppliers who manufacture high quality generic medical grade foot orthotics. Generic medical orthotics are effective when custom tailored orthotics are not required or as an adjuct to custom-tailored orthoses or for short term relief of foot and leg pain. The team at the Centre For Podiatric Medicine will determine what style of orthotic is most suited to your needs.
All Orthotic devices dispensed by the Centre For Podiatric Medicine are rebatable through private insurance and are accepted by Workers Compensation and The Department of Veteran Affairs.
Quick orthotic Facts
¨An orthotic will not be a “silver bullet”…it may not fix or even improve your condition; however it will optimise your foot biomechanics when used with correct shoes. This will alleviate load forces to the foot, assist with realignment and optimize muscle function.
This in turn allows the body a chance to function in a state of homeostasis, thereby allowing the body to repair injured tissues.
¨Think of your orthotic as a brace for the foot. However, rather than it being attached to your foot, it sits inside your shoes. If you do not have appropriate shoes, you must get some. The orthotic will only be as good as the shoe it sits in. If you do not have the correct shoes and do not use the orthotic regularly your condition will not get better.