Did you know that the latest research is showing that wearing orthotics can reduce the rate of lower body and back injuries by upto 50%? Also exciting new research in Queensland by physiotherapists has shown that physiotherapy treatment of knee injuries combined with the use of orthotics achieve greater results than treatment alone, and much greater results than no treatment or other exercise.
We view orthotics as a very important part of keeping fit and healthy, and now there are studies to back up what we have been seeing clinically for years. Dandenong Ranges Physiotherapy offers the latest technology in assessing for orthotics.
Each of our practitioners undergo specialized training in gait analysis and injury rehabilitation, and combine this with use of the digital Gait Scan technology to assess a person’s suitability for orthotics. We have a fail safe method of providing orthotics that will ensure you receive the most comfortable and therapeutic orthotic, customized especially for your feet.
Have you tried orthotics but found them uncomfortable?
These are not the old hard plastic orthotics of the past. In fact WE GUARANTEE comfortable orthotics or your money back. Our orthotics can be tailored for almost any shoe. In addition, our biomechanical assessments include footwear evaluation and advice for the perfect shoe for you.
What to expect during a BIOMECHANICAL & ORTHOTIC ASSESSMENT:
- A full gait analysis: we assess your walking pattern
- Foot and lower limb assessment: we measure and test your feet and legs
- Functional Testing: we measure your feet and legs as you do specific movements and exercises
- Footwear Evaluation: we test your shoes and show you how to test prospective shoes
- Gait Scan: A comprehensive digital measurement of your walking pattern
- FULL REPORT and RECOMMENDATIONS: You will be provided with a detailed report of your gait pattern and feet, with any recommendations for orthotics, footwear and further intervention (eg treatment or exercises for a particular problem).
What you need to do:
– Call us to book an appointment with a physiotherapist to discuss your problems or needs with orthotics or injury.
– Arrive 10 minutes early to fill out a comprehensive client history and details form.
– Bring one of the main pairs of shoes that you wear
– Wear loose fitting clothing (ideally shorts or skirt) so we can assess your lower limb biomechanics.
Why we prefer orthotics from Gait Scan compared with from stationary moulded casts that other practitioners may use:
The casting method, whereby a plaster cast of your foot is taken in a sitting or standing still position, has been favoured by orthotists and podiatrists for around fifty years. It is based on the theory that you provide orthotics to “control” the foot motion.
The cast is sent to an orthotic laboratory which then moulds a hard plastic to fit. Add-ons and supports can be fitted at the guidance of the practitioner (such as cushioning, extra padding etc). The orthotics produced are always hard, take a bit of time to wear in and are tolerated well by about 50% of patients. The other 50% either do not tolerate them at all, and so do not wear them, or tolerate them for short periods only.
However, the last decade or so has seen the theory of “controlling” the foot turned upside down. What we know now is that orthotics actually work by increasing the sensation into the foot. The type of sensation, called proprioception, allows joints in the body to know where they are in space. Consistently, people who pronate the foot too much (or too little) have very poor foot and ankle proprioception. And so when an orthotic sits under the foot, proprioception increases, and as such the foot has a better understanding of where it is in space. In this way, the foot is able to function in a “more normal” way. What technology such as the gait scan does, is evaluate the footprint or the pressure pattern that a foot produces you walk. From this moving footprint, we are effectively able to see proprioception in a real and objective manner. This “scan” is then directly sent to a traditional orthotic laboratory, and along with our own measurements and analysis of your foot, is used to provide a semi-rigid, fully customised and comfortable orthotic.