These are insoles that support your foot to help an injury heal, balance biomechanical faults and improve performance.
We use them in the short term when we need to reduce stress within an injury and allow it to heal. And in the long term when someone has a repetitive injury, biomechanical fault within the foot or a deformity of the foot. They will also allow you to continue exercising as much as you can while your injury resolves.
It’s important to note that not everyone needs an orthotic, the ‘human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art’- Leonardo da Vinci. Another important fact is that they do not control the motion of a foot. Orthotics work by changing the forces within the foot and leg, allowing an individuals body to work within an optimal range to resolve and prevent injuries.
Orthotics for Pronation Problems
Pronation describes the rotation of the foot down or inwards. It is a normal and necessary movement to allow for normal foot motion and shock absorbtion. Everybody has their own ‘envelope’ or range of pronation that they work within. Problems can occur when people move at the end range of their normal pronation, putting strain on tissues and contributing to injuries.
Who makes our Orthotics?
Casted- These are made from a cast or impression of your feet and according to prescription/design parameters of our Podiatrists. We have partnered with New Zealand’s leading bespoke Orthotic manufacturers, Footmed of Christchurch. Footmed orthotics are %100 custom insoles, they are handmade, ensuring a perfect fit to your foot. All of our clinics have orthotic laboratories on site, so if you need adjustments to your insoles, they can be done quickly and onsite with a high level of customisation.
Foam based – These are fully customised and made from layers of foam that are matched to your foot and injury. These are all made onsite while you wait. In most cases they are equally effective as a molded orthotic but don’t last as long and are cheaper to make.
Moonboots- These are the modern alternative to casts and allow patients to essentially remove their casts when showering or sleeping for a more functional life.
Ankle Braces- After an ankle sprain, an ankle can be left with pain and instability. Ankle Braces allow you get back to normal life quicker and reduce the likelihood of another sprain. We stock many types and sizes of braces.
Bunion Splints- These are discrete Velcro adhering splints that help realign the big toe joint at night. This can help with the deformity
Leg length raises- Leg length differences are a very common and normal human variant and can also be caused by major traumas. Unlike other podiatrists and health professions, we custom make our raises to correct a length leg difference accurately and from the heel to toe.
Heel Raises- We supply over the counter raises and bespoke raises. These are used to take stress off the achilles tendon and calf muscles.