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6 August 2018

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Did you know, here at SportsMed Subiaco we create custom made orthotics for people needing support because of painful feet or joint alignment and tracking issues. Our Orthotics are flexible and very comfortable to use, just like your favourite pair of sneakers.

They are made from a variety of E.V.A. closed cell foams giving you a supportive cushioned orthotic and because they are an exact copy of the base of your foot they are the most comfortable supportive orthotics to wear.

The benefits or our custom made orthotics include;

  • Utilising the Orthema system our orthotics are made from a simple 3D scan of your feet so no messy plaster casts required;
  • Our soft EVA orthotics are easy and comfortable to wear and do not require a break in period;
  • The soft orthotic moves with your feet unlike the commonly worn hard plastic orthotics;
  • Cushioned, comfortable and supportive;
  • Hand finished to match existing footwear;
  • Selection of firm to soft orthotic densities to match your requirements;
  • Feet are scanned in a weight bearing position;
  • Choice of covers from soft cushioning to firm resistant.

We treat a wide variety of injuries and complaints with our orthotics including:

  • Plantar Fascia issues;
  • Heel spurs;
  • Foot stress fractures;
  • Bunions;
  • Foot posture;
  • Help lower back and hip pain;
  • Improve athletic performance;
  • Correct leg length difference;
  • Sesamoid and Metatarsal pain;
  • And just plain sore feet.

From a growing child through to working life and on to retirement, we cater for your individual requirements. We can custom make your orthotics to work with just about any shoe in your collection and can advise on footwear improvements if necessary.

To make your orthotics we utilise the Orthema scanning and manufacturing process. This is one of the most accurate three dimensional foot scanners in the world.

The process is very straight forward and involves you standing on the scanning digitizor. Considering the injury/problem to be treated the doctor then carefully positions each foot to its optimal weight bearing position which includes aligning foot, ankle and knee dividually.

The digitizor then takes over and with the aid of its depth sensing fingers takes the scan. Using the 3D image from your scan the doctor makes his final fine adjustments and sends the scan to the milling
machine where the onsite technician mills your orthotics from the Swiss E.V.A. flexible blanks. Final hand machining finishes off your orthotics ready for fitting at your fitting appointment.

Shoe fitting tips with Clinton Behan our orthotic tech.

1. Heel

Your heel should fit snug, but not tight. Laced up (but not tied), you should be able to slide your feet out. Lacing your shoes up through the final eyelet minimises slippage. There will be some heel movement, but it shouldn’t be uncomfortable. Any irritation you feel in the store will be amplified once you hit the road.

2. Instep

A shoe’s upper should feel snug and secure around your instep. When you feel pressure and tightness, you need more space.” If an otherwise great shoe has hot spots or pressure under the laces, try skipping the lacing hole next to the area and lace above.

3. Width

Your foot should be able to move side-to-side in the shoe’s forefoot without crossing over the edge of the insole. You should be able to pinch a quarter inch of upper material along the widest part of your foot. If the shoe is too narrow, you’ll feel the base of your little toe sitting on the edge of the shoe last.

4. Length

Feet swell and lengthen over a run, so make sure there’s a thumb’s width of space between your longest toe (which isn’t always the big toe) and the end of a shoe. A friend or shoe fitter can measure this while you stand with your shoes laced up. Your toes should also wiggle freely up and down. Wiggle room protects against front-of-the-foot issues.

5. Flex

Check the flex point before you put on the shoe. You can do this by holding the heel and pressing the tip of the shoe into the floor. The shoe should bend and crease along the same line your foot flexes. An improperly aligned flex point can lead to arch pain or plantar fasciitis, while a lack of flexibility leads to Achilles-tendon or calf strain.

6. Arch wall strength

The arch wall where the base of the shoe meets the side wall on the arch side of the shoe should be strong and resist you. Check this by pressing it with your thumb to make sure it has strength to hold you. This strength helps keep your arch and orthotic working correctly.

Appointments

Most health funds cover a lot of the cost of the orthotics.

To make an appointment to see one of our sports doctors to have your orthotics made for you please call SportsMed Subiaco on 93829600

For further information on our orthotics please view our Custom Made Orthotics brochure.

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