Foot Orthotics

Foot Orthotics 2018-02-02T18:08:18+10:00

Get your Custom Foot Orthotics in Runaway Bay…

Runaway Bay Podiatry Clinic has been dispensing custom foot orthotics from our onsite laboratory for over 20 years. We use the latest 3D scanners and printers to manufacture the correct custom orthotic for each and every individual patient.

Custom Foot Orthotics

Also known as orthotic insoles, shoe inserts, or orthoses Custom Foot Orthotics are devices placed inside the shoes with the purpose of restoring our natural foot function. This is necessary when the natural biomechanical balance of our lower body has been disrupted by over-pronation. Many common complaints such as heel pain, knee pain and lower back pain are caused by poor foot biomechanics. Biomechanics is the science that studies the body’s movements during walking, running and sports. The most common form of bad foot biomechanics is over-pronation, which is the dropping of the arches and rolling inwards of the feet and ankles, and affects an estimated 70% of the population. Orthotic insoles correct over-pronation and realign the foot and ankle bones to their neutral position, restoring natural foot function. In turn, this will help alleviate problems not only in the feet, but also in other parts of the body, such as the knees, hips, and lower back.So having the correct orthotic prescribed is extremely important.

Why Do We Need Custom Foot Orthotics?

It is estimated that 70% of the population suffer from a condition called overpronation due to flat feet or fallen arches. This condition presents itself in varying degrees of severity, with some people over-pronating more than others.

The fact that so many of us suffer from over-pronation due to fallen arches can be contributed to the hard, flat surfaces we walk on daily. Other factors that play a role include age, family history(genetic disposition) weak ankles, and excess body weight . As a result, over-pronation is much more prevalent in people in their fifties and older, and also in overweight persons.

Over-pronation doesn’t pose a serious problem in many cases, especially for younger people. However, abnormal foot function caused by over-pronation can lead to serious foot problems like heel pain, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia – even knee pain and lower back pain in some instances.

How do foot orthotics work?

First of all, orthotics do a lot more than support the arches. Orthotics realign the feet and ankles, and restore deficient foot function. In addition, orthotics enable a more even weight distribution, taking pressure off sore spots (e.g. the heels, the ball of the foot, corns in between toes, and bunions). They also provide some degree of shock absorption, but this is not their main purpose. The main purpose of a custom foot orthotic insole is to improve foot function, in many cases reducing pain and preventing serious problems and injuries in the future.

Orthotics are prescribed to treat many foot conditions the most common being:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet
  • over pronation
  • Shin splint
  • Bunions

Runaway Bay Podiatry has an on-site orthotic laboratory so we control the entire orthotic production process. No matter what type of orthotic you require we have the materials on hand to deliver the best possible custom orthotic to our patients.We have the options of producing custom orthotics with the use of 3d scanners or using plaster moulds and we produce them all on-site!