Overview

What Are Orthotics?

An orthotic is a unique and highly specific treatment option for Podiatrists. They are carefully designed devices that are inserted into your shoes for a specific purpose – commonly to reduce tissue stress that is causing pain, or to allow the foot to function from a more economical position.

Despite some common misconceptions, these devices are not a ‘one size fits all’ solution nor can they be simply bought off a shelf. Instead, they are created by a Podiatrist, an expert in foot biomechanics, to the exact specifications of your foot shape and size. The design process requires multiple steps, with the final device created to suit your needs.

The cause of your problems can be the destructive and harmful forces going through your feet and legs due to their structure and movement patterns. Unless this is addressed, you can find yourself in a cycle of pain unable to gain long term solutions. Your body can be very creative in finding ways to compensate for your foot posture and alignment, in many cases resulting in leg, knee, hip or even lower back painWhen designing custom foot orthoses for running, the differences between walking and running mechanics must be considered.

What’s involved in an orthotics session with PEAK?

  • Detailed review or your history, injury and goals 
  • Biomechanical assessment of your lower limbs 
  • Gait assessment on the treadmill 
  • Running assessment if required 
  • 3D Laser Custom Orthotic Scan

What can foot orthotics treat?

A custom orthotic can provide benefit for almost anyone who spends time on their feet either standing, walking, or running to guide or correct your biomechanics.

  • Those suffering from foot, leg, hip or back pain
  • Those with active lifestyles
  • Children or the elderly
  • Elite sports people
  • Anyone wanting to improve the movement of their feet to prevent problems arising

Knee Pain

Custom orthotics can be very helpful in the treatment of knee pain, even more so when used in conjunction with other forms of knee pain therapy, in particular exercises and physiotherapy. They are able to help improve foot position and internal leg rotation, thereby improving patella-tracking. Custom orthotics can also have a large impact on knee osteoarthritis by helping to offload the knee joint.

Shin Splints

Custom orthotics can be important in the treatment of shin pain, particularly when used in conjunction with assessment on running load, footwear, strength and running technique. Custom orthotics can help to improve foot position and alleviate stress onto the shins.

Heel Pain

Custom orthotics are one of the best treatments for plantar heel pain, and complement nicely with manual therapy, good footwear and strength exercises. We are able to customise the orthotic to include extra cushioning around the heel as well as certain biomechanical factors which may play a role in the heel pain.

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What do custom orthotics do?

  • Custom orthotics can help provide superior comfort allowing you to stand, walk, and run comfortably.
  • Assist in reducing pain in the foot, ankle and leg.
  • Improve balance by allowing your feet the necessary support to maintain a functionally correct position.
  • Help absorb shock and redirect pressure away from painful areas in the foot and ankle.
  • Lowers the risk of injury.

Different types of custom orthotics

There are several different types of custom orthotics we can make depending on your injury and footwear. These include thin polypropylene orthotics or soft EVA orthotics. Our orthotics fit any shoe type from athletic to dress shoes to football or work boots. At the initial appointment we will be able to review your footwear to provide the best option to fit the orthotics into your footwear.

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FAQs Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, if you have Podiatry Extras cover with your health fund. We find that most funds entitle you to one pair of orthotics per year.

Yes custom orthotics can be funded through the NDIS.

Yes, custom orthotics are a great investment for your feet. If looked after well they are very durable and can be worn in several different styles of footwear. They are a great option to help alleviate pain as well as help with prevention of overuse injuries.

No. A correctly designed Custom Orthotic should be very comfortable on your feet. They can be designed using a variety of different materials and styles to suit your needs. It is important to remember a new orthotic will require a short period of time to allow your body to adjust.

Our locations

Hawthorne

PEAK Hawthorne opened in 2012 and was extended and renovated in 2020. You see the same team whether we see you at Hawthorne or one of our other clinics.  Hawthorne offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.

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New Farm

PEAK New Farm opened in August 2019. You see the same team whether we see you at New Farm or one of our other clinics. New Farm offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.

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Hawthorne

Address
5/171 Riding Road,
Hawthorne, QLD, 4171
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6 days per week
  • Monday - Friday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

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New Farm

Address
1/15 Lamington Street,
New Farm, QLD, 4005
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6 days per week
  • Monday - Thursday: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Friday - Saturday: 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

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