What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are a device used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular and skeletal system. They are used to control, guide, limit and/or immobilise a joint, to aid in rehabilitation or to reduce weight bearing forces to reduce pain and discomfort.
Are there different types of Orthotics?
Yes. There are pre-manufactured orthotics designed on a generic foot shape and custom or casted orthotics. Pre-manufactured orthotics can be customised by a podiatrist to tailor make them to the clients needs. These are different from what you would buy in a retail shop. Custom or casted orthotics are bespoke medical devices that are formed by making a 3D Scan of your feet.
How are Custom Orthotics made?
A scan of your feet on the revolutional DELCAM 3D Footscan creates a 3D image of your foot where our Podiatrists then analysis and create a prescription to send to the lab.
The supplier chosen to make the custom orthotic is very important to obtain the best device for the client. At Podium Podiatry and Footwear we have chosen DOLA ORTHOTICSS due to their superior systems, high standards and a more affordable price for our patients.
Can I wear someone else's Orthotics?
No. 'Casted' orthotics are made from an individuals foot shape and they would be uncomfortable. Pre-manufactured orthotics whilst are generic, once they are customised to the individual, it is extremely likely they would be uncomfortable.
Are Orthotics Expensive?
Orthotic prices vary according to their quality, purpose and life span. Podium Podiatry and Footwear tries to offer a range of products suitable for all budgets.
How long do Orthotics last?
Pre-manufactured orthotics purchased from a Podiatrist can last from 12 to 18 months and are used for short to medium term conditions. 'Casted' orthotics last between 3 to 5 years on average. Although, slightly more initial 'Casted' Orthotics are a more economical solution suited to long term conditions and can fit in a variety of footwear.