FOOT ORTHOTICS AVAILABLE IN NEW ZEALAND
We provide GENTLE ORTHOTICS, only realigning or support what is necessary. No over controlling and you won't have to wait weeks for them to wear in.
We specialise in Orthotics custom moulded for your feet.
......Even If You Have Tried Others Before!
For all Custom Moulded Foot Orthoses, a Full Gait Analysis and Assessment is included. Therefore an appointment is necessary to find the best possible prescription for your individual needs.
CUSTOM FOOT ORTHOTICS
Unlike shoe inserts bought over the counter, custom-made orthotics are built from molds of your feet to meet your unique needs. They're guaranteed to last for years and can be made to fit any shoe.
If you were offered custom made shoes, made to your exact specifications? Would you take them over off the shelf shoes? Sure you would, as you would be certain that they would fit exactly as they should. Well, did you know that about 80% of that great fitting feel would be because of the insole of the shoe! We can offer you this unique feeling in almost any shoe with a removable innersole. Custom to your foot and your specific Gait requirements, the ultimate foot orthosis - gentle, comfortable, effective. The ultimate goal!
Do you need custom orthotics?
Because of their ability to improve the functional alignment between the foot, knee, hip, and pelvis, we can effectively treat a wide variety of disorders with custom foot orthoses.
Custom-made orthotics can relieve many different types of foot pain including heel pain and plantar fasciitis; arch pain; pain caused by running, walking, and other athletics; pain related to diabetes; pain experienced by senior citizens; and many other kinds of foot pain related to bunions, trauma, sprains, and other disorders.
If you suffer from any of the following you could benefit from visiting an Orthotist:
While foot ailments are widespread, familiarity and experience with the podiatrists who treat them is considerably lower. Most adults would speak with their primary care physician (60 percent) or do a Web search (48 percent) to answer questions about foot health before considering a visit to an Orthotist. Foot pain is never normal, and it’s critical that anyone experiencing chronic pain seeks care from an expert. Your orthotics will be custom-made for your feet to care for the pain and underlying disorder from which you suffer.
Only a select group of medical practitioners are appropriately trained to prescribe and manufacture custom foot orthoses. Many medical practitioners are not trained in Orthotics, ensure that yours are.
Do children need foot orthotics? For the most part, they are quite at home barefooted. All children are born with “flat” feet and by the age of 6 or 7, the arches will have developed structurally and physically to cope with the demands that young children up on them. Running around barefooted is the best exercise for young feet, especially when running and playing over natural surfaces.
There are two areas of concern for children firstly when the arches of the feet remain underdeveloped and secondly the unnatural surfaces that they play on. Let’s deal with the first issue, the underdeveloped arches. This when the arch looks normal when sitting without weight bearing on the foot, however when the child stands on their feet the arches roll inwards and flatten out somewhat. This leads us onto the second aspect the unnatural hard surfaces such as the tarmac of the child’s school playground. When the foot interacts with natural surfaces like sand and grass this stimulates the proprioceptive responses in the feet when intern stimulates the body to adapt the feet to accommodate the stresses they are experiences. This is the grown mechanism that controls how the feet grown and adapt. The single most important aspect is the total contact of the underneath of the foot (plantar aspect), as the highest percentage of the foot that comes into contact with the ground the better, as the mechanoreceptors lie within the skin and tissues of the foot and the more they are stimulated the more the body responds and builds stronger feet. The problem arises when the arches are perhaps still underdeveloped and children around the age or 6 or 7 start to run and play at a higher level. The muscles of the lower leg cannot keep up and the arches tend to stay in the immature stage and do not complete the growing potential that they should have.
What can be done? At around this age or 6 or 7 if the underdeveloped arches are identified then appropriate measures can be recommended. Firstly we assess each child and determine the necessary treatment protocol, which usually follows a similar pattern. For the periods that the child is running or playing on unnatural surfaces, gentle correcting orthotics are worn in side suitable shoes. When the child is playing on natural surfaces they continue barefooted. It is usual at this point to introduce an exercise program which is usually run by a physiotherapist. Children are followed up at 6-month intervals