WHAT ARE ORTHOTICS?
Orthotics (singular – orthosis) is a general term for a corrective or protective therapy for the whole body.
Many people are familiar with Foot Orthotics and this term also may include other descriptions for devices for the feet such as:
- Orthotic Arch Supports
- Arch Supports
- Shoe Inlays
- Orthotic Shoes
They are placed inside shoes). Professionals who diagnose, prescribe, fit and fabricate Orthotics are called an Orthotist and a Podiatrist. Complete Feet has a range of Orthotics and treatment packages for every foot and every budget.
WHAT DO ORTHOTICS DO?
Functional foot Orthotics are a means to control and correct abnormal alignment and re-distribute forces of the foot, ankle and even the knee, or lower back. This acts to reduce pain and deformities (e.g. heel spurs), prevent injury and increase comfort and performance for sports, walking or running.
WHAT SHOES WILL FIT THE ORTHOTICS?
A clinical assessment of your current footwear is undertaken at you initial appointment. There are different types of orthotics which can be made so they fit the majority of your favourite footwear. However, not every pair of shoes is able to fit orthotics- especially some womens fashion footwear. Some shoes are also not suitable for your foot health and shoe recommendations may be given at Complete Feet to assist your feet and condition. Complete Feet has a fantastic range of Orthotic friendly shoes to choose from.
When buying new shoes, always remember to take your orthotics with you so you can fit them with your new footwear.
IS THERE ANY MAINTENANCE FOR ORTHOTICS?
Orthotics & Feet need regular maintenance. To clean, use only warm water and mild soap. Air out your orthotics regularly but DO NOT dry them in heat over 30 deg. Your Complete Feet practitioner will advise you how often you are required to return for changes and maintenance. Your Complete Feet review visits are at least annually and are important to attend.
WHY ARE MY ORTHOTICS UNCOMFORTABLE? OUR 200% COMFORT & CARE GUARANTEE
You may feel slight discomfort and tightness until your feet become accustomed to your orthotics. If discomfort becomes too great, rest your feet from the orthotics, avoiding impact sports, long runs or walks. Repeat this process until you feel more comfortable wearing your orthotics for longer periods. For Full Custom Orthotic therapy we include up to 3 visits within 3 months to make adjustments to your orthotics and treatment program. If you feel that further adjustments / treatments are required, please contact Complete Feet immediately.
HOW LONG WILL THEY LAST?
To judge the life of orthotics is difficult, as there are many factors involved such as the patient’s weight, wearing time, wearing environment, etc. Generally, your orthotics should last between 2 to 4 years for semi-rigid and up to 5-8 years for rigid orthotics, ONLY IF you return for your regular review visits to have your feet and Orthotics treated and checked.
HOW ARE ORTHOTICS MADE?
These days there are very few Clinics that make their own Orthotics due the expense and expertise required to operate an Orthotics Laboratory. Complete Feet is one the few clinics that has its own in-house laboratory. This ensures you get:
- Clinicians who have diagnosed your problem actually making your Orthotics with nothing ‘lost in translation’
- Fast turn around times from measurement & cast to fitting
- Easy adjustments, repairs and recovers
- Casts given back to you for future pairs at a discount (for Plaster cast Orthotics)