Buderim podiatry has access to a wide range of orthotics, some are pre-formed and can be moulded to the foot, some conditions warrant custom-made orthotics made from casts of the feet because of the degree of variability between feet. Having access to this variety of orthoses means we will work with you to find the best solution for your condition, footwear needs and budget.
Pre-formed orthoses offer less control than custom-made devices, are lighter weight and cost about 1/3 of the price of custom-made devices. Pre-formed devices have a limited life expectancy of 12-18 months when replacement may be recommended.
Custom made devices are manufactured to our prescription from casts taken when the foot is held in a corrected position. These orthotic shells last approx 3-5 years, and give superior control of the foot for conditions requiring extra control of foot motion.
Why have a podiatrist prescribe orthotics?
A podiatrist is trained in the science of ‘biomechanics” this is the application of anatomy and physics in the study of gait and posture. No other profession studies foot anatomy and biomechanics in as much depth as podiatry, the qualification being a 4 year University degree.