Q. I have Orthotics but I’m still in pain. Why?
A. It is not possible to give a precise answer on Orthotics without consultation, price but over 25 years the Clinic consultants have assessed 1000’s of prescription devices. Orthotics are not all the same and may be prescribed by Podiatrists, purchase Chiropractors, illness Physiotherapists, Doctors and bootmakers. Many do not have sufficient qualifications and training to accurately assess foot biomechanics.
The Heel Clinic prescribed arch based support Orthotics for over 10 years for heel pain until concluding just lifting the arch created more strain on fibrous tissue due to the pressure upwards. The Heel Clinic has designed a distinct Insert that can align bone structure of the feet without arch “lift”.
This technique is not available elsewhere.
Q. What are Orthotics?
A. Medical aid to straighten and correct. Foot Orthotics have been available for over 50 years to lift and support the foot arch.
The foot is a complex mechanism of 26 bones, 33 muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves all under load. To accurately assess and align the foot structure requires extensive training, knowledge and skills over many years.
Orthotics also are predominantly “arch based supports” and correctly prescribed they will relieve many foot related ailments. Orthotics nowadays are mostly mass manufactured in local and overseas factories, regardless of the fact they are “prescribed” at source. Even experienced practitioners can have problems with outsourcing manufacturing. The Clinic concluded many years ago this system of manufacturing was impossible to maintain consistency in quality and accuracy.
There are 3 different types Orthotics:
- Off the shelf and heat moulded. Available from pharmacies and many Health professionals. Not prescription.
- Standard Orthotics initiated from a plaster cast or foam impression box. Wide variety of materials from very soft (foams) to hard rigid (carbon fibre)
- Computer generated from a number of scanning systems. The Clinic has researched this form of manufacture and concluded it is only successful to produce simple arch based supports.
For over 15 years all Inserts engineered by the Heel Clinic are hand made with meticulous attention to accuracy and comfort.
For more information or to book a consultation phone us on 1300 855 853 or Enquire Online. We currently consult in Sydney, Parramatta and Brisbane.