Everything You Need To Know About Custom Orthotics In Sunshine Coast

Are you considering custom orthotics? Used to successfully treat a number of conditions that can cause considerable distress, custom orthotics are a good option for people of all ages. Here is a useful guide that covers everything you need to know about custom orthotics on the Sunshine Coast.

Here, we look in more detail at what custom orthotics are and the benefits that using them can bring. We also detail the conditions that orthotics can be used to treat, as well as the symptoms they may alleviate. Book online or get in touch for further information.

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What Are Custom Orthotics?

At its most basic, an orthotic is a medically necessary aid that’s worn inside shoes to correct a range of foot problems. Orthotics are frequently worn as insoles, although a custom orthotic may also include a brace, which provides additional support and stability to the ankle. Custom orthotics are orthotics that are made specifically for the patient. They are moulded to the individual contours of the patient’s foot and are designed to correct the individual’s unique foot problems.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Custom Orthotics?

The main advantage of a custom orthotic device is that it’s made to the exact requirements of the patient. This optimises the chances of a perfect fit, keeping the risk of chafing to a minimum. As a significant number of podiatry patients have pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, which makes them particularly vulnerable to skin breakdown, this is an important benefit.

The individual nature of the device ensures it provides support exactly where the patient needs it. Each insole is fashioned so that it’s the right shape, thickness and configuration to offer effective treatment, optimising the chances of reliving unwanted symptoms.

If an orthotic is customised, it’s possible to fashion a device that can work well when there is an unusual problem that needs resolving, or where the patient has additional needs that mean the most usual type of off-the-shelf orthotic wouldn’t be suitable.

Over time, it may be necessary to adjust the orthotic, as the contours of the foot change. Custom orthotics that replace an original ensure that treatment benefits are maintained and allow patients to remain comfortable as their condition alters.

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What Conditions Can Be Treated Using Custom Orthotics?

Some of the common conditions that a custom orthotic can treat include:

  • Plantar fasciitis.
  • Foot deformities.
  • Ankles that turn inwards or outwards.
  • Fallen or flat arches.
  • Pain in the connective tissue or joints of the foot.
  • Diabetic ulcers or wounds.
  • Foot, ankle or leg pain.
  • Heel spurs.
  • Back pain that’s caused by poor posture associated with ankle weakness, pain or deformity.
  • Problems with posture or gait (walking or running) caused by ankle or foot issues.

What Symptoms Can Custom Orthotics Help With?

Generally, custom orthotics can be successfully employed to:

  • Relieve pain.
  • Correct deformities, which reduces strain on foot joints and connective tissue.
  • Facilitate a normal gait.
  • Reduce pressure and stress on the sole of the foot.
  • Ensure arches are well supported.
  • Manage to swell.
  • Protect damaged skin.
  • Provide support to the muscles and joints of the foot and ankle.

To find out more about high-quality custom orthotics on the Sunshine Coast, book online or get in touch.