Footwear & Orthotics

Athletic footwear

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. Visit the Apple App Store now to download Shoe Buddy TM.


The Centre obtains regular briefs from all the athletic footwear companies, and liaises closely with specialty running shoe stores to disseminate information. Furthermore, podiatrists within the practice are involved in post graduate footwear related research. Therefore, allow our team to prescribe the shoe for you, provide a list of suitable models matched to foot type, and a shoe matched lower limb kinematics, injury history and body shape.


Footwear Tips for shoe selection & use

  • Purchase footwear at the end of the day, or following a strenuous workout to allow for foot-ankle swelling.
  • Purchase footwear from a reputable sport shoe provider.
  • Footwear models & designs change frequently, therefore consult a qualified podiatrist to determine the correct shoe style
  • The life of a shoe ranges from 300km to 900km dependent upon body weight, activity, injury and purpose of the shoe
  • Shoe specificity for your individual mechanics & comfort is possible by a simple analysis of foot type, injury, & gait.
  • Techniques used by the Centre For Podiatric Medicine to determine suitable footwear include the use of sophisticated 2D computer kinematic analysis techniques




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 & using 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?

  • Arch pain / Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel pain
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Great toe joint pain
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Flat Feet
  • Pronation
  • Runners & Jumpers Knee
  • Shin Splints
  • Groin pain


Which orthotic is correct for me?

There are many types of orthotics ranging from simple cushioned gel insoles, inserts which support the arch & 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 the past 12 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 "In Practice 3D Non Weight Bearing Foot Scanners". The turn-around time from visit to practice to dispensing your orthotics is 10-14 days 9one of the fastest in the country), but can be done within 36 hours where needed. Orthotic devices dispensed by the Centre For Podiatric Medicine are rebatable through private insurance, are accepted by Workers Compensation and Department of Veteran Affairs.


For Generic Medical Orthotics we have partnered with these suppliers manufacture high quality generic medical grade foot orthotics. Generic medical orthotics are effective when custom tailored orthotics are not required, as an adjuct to custom-tailored orthoses, and 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. Orthotic devices dispensed by the Centre For Podiatric Medicine are rebatable through private insurance, are accepted by Workers Compensation and 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.