Orthotics

Skeleton foot on an orthotic

If you are suffering chronic or acute pain in your legs or feet, at Woodlands Podiatry we will gladly assess your complaint, discuss your options and effectively manage your pain. We will only prescribe functional orthotics if we think there is a real benefit.

This will involve a biomechanical analysis of your lower limb function, correction of poor footwear, and a muscle stretching and strengthening program when indicated.

At Woodlands Podiatry, in addition to state-of-the-art custom orthotics, we also provide a range of pre-formed orthotics onsite. In many cases pre-formed orthotics are very effective, and where necessary can be modified to your individual needs to produce a semi custom foot orthoses.

For comfortable and effective orthotics we offer experienced diagnosis and treatment, coupled with cutting edge equipment.

The use of orthotics, therapeutic insoles and inserts for shoes has come a long way. The latest equipment and processes together with careful and expert analysis and prescription can foster excellent results.

Using cutting edge 3D laser scanners, we scan the foot accurately to within one tenth of a millimetre. We then write a prescription based on your needs. A local Perth laboratory, with the aid of a 3D computer aided design and manufacturing process, then accurately and reliably produce your customised orthotics.

Customised functional foot orthoses can effectively manage a range of lower leg issues, relating to poor skeletal alignment and gait anomalies including:

  • Patella tracking problems
  • Knee pain
  • Shin pain
  • Poor stability
  • Leg pain
  • Foot pain

Footwear Assessments

A pair of white running shoes

In making footwear assessments we look at your life style factors and goals, as well as looking closely at the biomechanics of your foot, which affects your shoe selection.The correct footwear keeps the foot secure and helps avoid injury. This is an important factor for all age groups.

Runners need to ensure their shoes are replaced regularly, sometimes as often as every few months. Depending on distances run and shoe type, important shock absorbing padding can wear thin and become ineffective.

In the aged patient, we ensure your footwear is supportive, secure and comfortable, prevents falls and avoids foot injury.

Correctly fitting footwear is essential in a diabetic to prevent pressure sores and infections.


Heel Pain

A woman holding her heel while foot is on a couch

Heel pain is a very common complaint and in some instances can be very disabling. In an adult, the pain is usually located under the heel, (planter fasciitis) and this is sometimes referred to as a heel spur. Alternatively, the pain may be occurring just behind the heel and this may indicate an Achilles tendon problem.

If you feel pain in your heel when first standing, often described as a stone bruise, you may have plantar fasciitis (Heel Spur Syndrome). The earlier you treat this problem normally the quicker the recovery. You can start to help yourself by wearing more padded, supportive footwear. Stretching, massaging and using ice may be helpful for pain relief.

Heel pain may also be associated with a prominence on the back of the heel. If this is soft in nature, it can be caused by a bursa under the Achilles tendon, or thickening of the tendon, or inflammation of the Achilles tendon insertion. If the prominence is hard, you may present with a bony prominence (Haglunds Deformity) or a posterior calcaneal (heel bone) bony prominence.

An accurate diagnosis is important in order to obtain the correct treatment and management, but in diagnosed planter fasciitis, firm padded and cushioned footwear may assist the complaint, along with simple calf stretching.

In children the most common complaint is Severs Disease, an inflammatory condition arising from the growth plate.

Other problems may include bursitis, heel bumps, tarsal tunnel syndrome, stress fractures and other tendon problems.


Unexplained Foot Pain

A man holding his barefoot.

Expert diagnosis and customised care planning will help you effectively manage foot pain.

Foot pain may result from injury, ill-fitting shoes or an undiagnosed medical problem.

You may have a foot complaint for which you require a second opinion. We gladly see patients for a review and diagnosis of their ongoing problem.

Also, please contact us if you are experiencing uncomfortable or restricting orthotics, we will gladly further assist you.

Foot pain may include:

  • Metatarsalgia – a problem which relates to the ball of the foot, often occurring in the metatarsal heads, where the three middle toes meet the ball of the foot. It is a common problem, which can affect the bones and joints of the metatarsals.
  • Morton’s Neuroma – a condition that affects one of the nerves that run between the long bones (metatarsals) in the sole of the foot and between the joints in the ball of the foot
  • Capsulitis – or Joint Inflammation – is inflammation of a joint capsule (made up of ligaments), which may also occur in the forefoot.
  • Posterior Tendon Dysfunction – A tendon pathology on the inside of the ankle often accompanied by swelling and pain leading to the foot to collapsing, often referred to as adult acquired flat foot.
  • Heel Pain – which may be attributed to plantar fasciitis (or Jogger’s Heal), heel spurs, tendon injuries, and/or adult acquired flat foot or arthritis. (Link Heel Pain)

The information on this page is of a general nature only and should not replace the advice of a qualified health professional.