Auckland podiatry specialists Sports Lab can cater to your orthotic requirements. Our podiatrist offers both custom made casted orthotics and custom moulded orthotics for our customers, plus we provide very useful information about orthotics themselves, how they work and the effects of them on your feet. Most importantly, our Auckland orthotics specialist will tell you if we think they are the right solution for you.
Why Sports Lab Orthotics?
At the lab we take great pride in prescribing orthotics with the highest level of specificity. If you do not need an orthotic, we will not give you one!
If however we think you would benefit from an orthotic, you can trust that your bodies function as a whole has been taken into consideration. Our podiatrist is qualified to a masters level in biomechanics and has an excellent knowledge of movement, the extent of which is unique to the field of podiatry.
What are Orthotics and how do they work?
Orthotics are insoles that go into your shoes to change how load is applied to the bottom of your foot, and in turn, changing the way that joints and muscles further up the body function. They can be used to improve alignment, function, balance and performance.
Orthotics work in three main ways;
– by changing the way the foot interacts with the ground and therefore how the body moves
– by providing shock absorption and accommodating for deformities
– by changing the input that the nerves on the bottom of your feet receive.
The orthotic design depends greatly on the desired outcome and your individual needs. Orthotic design has a wide range of styles and materials, but our podiatrists are well trained in prescribing the best tailored device for individual needs, in order to get you back on your feet and doing the things you enjoy. At the lab we utilize 3D motion capture technology, force plate data, and 3D foot scanning technology, along with the invaluable skill and experience of the podiatrist to ensure that you receive the correct orthotic for your feet.
Do I need an Orthotic?
Not everyone needs to be wearing orthotics. And not every dysfunctional foot would benefit from an orthotic. However if excessive or unhealthy forces are beyond your bodies’ current capacity to tolerate them then some help may be of benefit.
These forces may occur if your body is changed due to injury, surgery or even pregnancy; they also could be present due to changes in activity or shoes; sometimes just getting a bit older can change the forces acting on and around your body.
If you are not sure about the need for an orthotic, one of our Auckland orthotic specialists can do a comprehensive assessment of your movement patterns and talk through the process with you. We will not give you an orthotic that you don’t need!
Will my foot become lazy?
No! Not if the orthotics are designed and used correctly. An orthotic is designed to work alongside your body and improve the body’s natural mechanisms. These beneficial effects have even been shown to flow through to when you are not wearing your orthotics.
Orthotics also don’t have to be a life sentence! The exact reason why you need an orthotic and the severity of the concern will dictate how long you will need to wear the orthotics for. However as orthotics are part of what we do and not the whole story, wherever possible there will be a plan in place to remove the orthotic and allow your improved foot function to show off all on its own.
What is the difference between custom and modified prefabricated Orthotics?
Modified prefabricated orthotics are a prefabricated device that is heat molded to your feet and adjusted specifically to the needs of your feet. We stock a range of devices of different styles and densities.
Casted custom orthotics are made by taking a 3D scan (or foam cast) of your foot to accurately capture its exact shape. There is a vast array of styles of custom orthotics available. Custom orthotics are able to be made significantly slimmer and lighter than many other kinds, meaning they can more seamlessly fit into slim fitting shoes.
How long do they last?
Orthotics range in lifespan depending on the style of the design and what activities you use them for.
Modified prefabrication orthotics have a general lifespan of around 12 – 18 months but can vary case by case. Casted custom orthotics generally last 5+ years.
As orthotics serve a role to improve your bodies function, the aim would be for you to reach a point where you no longer need the orthotic and this can be removed. In the odd case where the full lifespan is required we would encourage reassessment at the end of this time to ensure that the orthotic design is still the most suitable for your foot.
Podiatry at Sports Lab Grafton or North Shore, Auckland
If you are interested in finding out how we can help you please feel free to give us a call on (09) 368 1552 For your initial appointment you can help us by bringing along some shorts, your everyday shoes as well as any shoes that are related to the reason for you booking with us. Our principal podiatrist at Sports Lab is Hannah Cerecke. Give us a call today and find out what she can do for you.