At Hurst Podiatry, we offer orthotic therapy services for people of all ages at our clinics in Healesville, Croydon, Kilsyth and Mooroolbark.
If you’re in need of orthotics in Melbourne, book an appointment to see us now.
What are foot orthotics?
Foot orthotics are supportive inserts that fit inside your shoes.
Orthotics can vary in length, size and the different materials they are made from. Typically, orthotics can be made from either a dense foam (EVA) or a flexible light weight plastic(polypropylene).
Orthotics are designed to alter the position of your feet, and improve the way your foot, lower leg, and upper leg function when walking and running.
The improved alignment that you will experience when wearing orthotics means that you can combat foot and lower limb injuries, as well as reduce undesirable movements and support ligaments and muscles.
Orthotics can also be used preventatively to help you avoid future chronic injuries and excessive joint wear and tear through misalignment and overuse.
How do orthotics work?
The aim of using orthotics is to help support your feet so that they walk in the way they were designed to.
Everyone is built differently, which means the way they walk and run is different. These unique movements can sometimes cause injuries. These injuries are caused by overuse, misalignment, and poor weight distribution.
Orthotics work to manipulate these variables back to the way your feet should be working. They control, slow down, and resist certain undesirable movements, whilst also encouraging and promoting positive movements.
For example, if your foot collapses and rolls in or pronates too aggressively, an orthotic can be used to control this movement. This can help to prevent injuries that tend to occur from this type of movement, like plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinosis.
Orthotics can be custom made so that they suit all of the various nuances of your foot and how it moves, to provide the best support possible.
The sample photos below show a before and after view of the foot’s position with and without orthotics. The most obvious difference can be seen in these pictures by looking at the ankle position.
Foot orthotics can help to treat these conditions
Orthotics can make an enormous difference to many conditions and injuries that can affect your lower limbs and feet. Some of the most common conditions orthotics are used for include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Ankle Instability and weakness
- Various Tendinopathies
- Tibialis Posterior tendon dysfunction
- Knee, Hip & Back Pain
- Limb Length Discrepancies
- Flat Feet or excess pronation
- Shin Splints
- High archs or over supination
- Stress Fractures
These are just some of the conditions that orthotics can be used to treat. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet, orthotics could be the best solution for you. Come in for an assessment to see if orthotics are right for you.
Why Choose Hurst Podiatry for Orthotics?
At Hurst Podiatry we pride ourselves in our knowledge and expertise in the field of podiatry, including our understanding of orthotic therapy.
We believe in finding the best and most appropriate treatment option for you, and if it includes orthotics for your feet, we offer a number of options for you to choose from.
Whether you’re looking for pre-fabricated, semi-custom or totally custom foot orthotics in Melbourne or even just advice about your feet, our podiatry team can help you today.
We will always ensure our clients are satisfied with their orthotic devices, and ensure we are achieving the best results possible. So let us help get you moving today.
Give us a call to schedule your appointment or book online here.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I need orthotics?
We will tell you!
Not everyone needs orthotics – and you should only be using them if you’ve been advised by a foot specialist, like a podiatrist.
Depending on your foot type how you walk and the type of injury you have a lot of people can be treated without using orthotics.
We will work with you to assess you and help you decide if orthotic therapy is right for you.
How long will I need to wear orthotics for?
This can vary, some people need orthotics for a short to medium term to get over a specific injury or weakness and can then progress past needing them.
For others orthotics are a bit like glasses when you have them on everything works fine and once they’re off you’re in a bit of trouble again. We will guide you as to whether or not you need them long term.
How much do orthotics cost?
Orthotics come in a few different types and as such vary in price.
We offer three levels of foot orthotics at Hurst Podiatry and can guide you to the best choice for you and explain the difference between each option:
- Pre-fabricated or off the shelf orthotics these range from $70-$120 dollars please note this price does not include any consultation fees
- Semi-Custom orthotics these are priced at $395 and include three consultations: an initial assessment consult, an issue consult where you are fitted for the orthotics and a review consult where we assess how the orthotics are working. Allowing for the cost of these consults mean the orthotics true cost is about $160 dollars
- Custom orthotics these are priced at $650 dollars and include three consultations: an initial assessment consult, an issue consult where you are fitted for the orthotics and a review consult where we assess how the orthotics are working. Allowing for the price of these consults mean the orthotics true cost is about orthotics is about $415
What shoes will orthotics fit into?
Orthotics fit into most closed in shoes and even some sandals now.
Shoes that have removable inserts inside them are particularly good for accommodating orthotics.
We can guide you on the best footwear to compliment your orthotics though.
How long do orthotics last?
Most semi-custom and custom foot orthotics last between 3-5 years, so they represent terrific long-term value.
The top cover of the device may wear out in the meantime, but this can be replaced easily without needing new devices for around $100
Do I need a referral to see a podiatrist for foot orthotics?
If you think you could benefit from orthotic shoe inserts, whether it’s to treat discomfort or foot pain, all you need to do is make an appointment to see us at one of our clinics in Healesville, Croydon, Kilsyth and Mooroolbark in Melbourne.
Our podiatrists prescribe orthotics after assessing your foot structure and foot function and discerning whether this is the right treatment option for you.