myPod Podiatry provide professional and expert diagnosis of foot, leg and postural problems and offer comprehensive treatment plans, which may include recommendation of our high quality Orthotic devices offered in Adelaide, regional South Australia and Victoria.
Orthotics are inserts that are placed in your footwear and improve the alignment of the foot and lower leg. Orthotics are typically custom moulded devices that are designed to control and improve the foot function of an individual.
A simple analogy that helps to clarify the difference between a custom moulded orthotic and an off the shelf (generic) orthotic, would be the difference between a pair of off the shelf sunglasses and a prescription pair of sunglasses. While both the over the counter sunglasses and off the shelf orthotics may help to provide a simple function, the prescription sunglasses and prescription orthotics are specifically tailored to help your individual needs.
When prescribing custom made orthotics at myPod, we use the cutting edge Orthema system, which is the latest in Swiss/German engineering. In order for a custom made orthotic to be made, a digital scan of the individual's foot is obtained. Your foot is held in its most optimal functioning position and the 512 sensors are then locked into place. This creates an exact likeness of your foot in its corrected position. The computer measures the pin heights to an accuracy of 0.1 mm.
This collected information can be shown and explained to you, and it is then processed by our onsite computer. After any necessary adjustments are made to your prescription, the Orthema milling machine then carves out your custom made orthotics while you wait. Each orthotic is made out of supportive E.V.A. rubber with different choices of densities (soft/moderate/hard) according to the exact contours and structural characteristics of your feet. Same day (one hour) turn around time is an option in some of our clinics if you require your orthotics urgently. However, turn around time in all of our clinics is very fast – within 2-3 days.