Our Orthotic Lab

Our Orthotic Lab

We are the orthotic specialists.

And how do we make such a bold claim? Well, experience goes a long way to validating such a statement. We are one of the few podiatry clinics that actually make their own orthotics in our own custom orthotics laboratory. Who is better to make the orthotics for you, than the clinic that evaluated your problem and knows your needs best?

And this is no part-time operation. Over the last 19 years we have manufactured over 22,000 pairs of custom/prescription devices; and that does not count the many thousands of prefabricated ones. All of our Podiatrists are required to spend time in the lab every week, helping to manufacture the devices. This gives experience and skills few other Podiatrists could claim. In fact, we are so confident in our ability to assess and manufacture a prescription device to suit your needs, we guarantee them. If for some reason, you are not completely satisfied, we will modify, replace or refund your device.

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What are orthotics?

Orthotics are in-shoe medical devices used to modify, and optimise the way our feet and lower limb function. They can be used to treat and prevent pain or injury, as well as enhance performance, comfort and function. Depending on your needs they can be manufactured from a range of different materials.

Contact us today to see if orthotics can be effective for you.

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No two feet are the same…

... and that is why we take pride in offering unique solutions to best suit you and your needs, to have you performing to the best of your abilities. We have numerous options available, from generic 'one-size-fits-all' through to highly specialised devices, custom-made to exacting requirements. Our highly skilled podiatrists will discuss all of your options and work with you to get fantastic results.

Orthotic Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are there different types of orthotics?

Yes, there are numerous types available. They can be broadly divided into three categories. Custom prescription, custom prefabricated and basic prefabricated.

Custom prescription
These are highly specific, and are custom made in our commercial orthotics laboratory to a specific prescription supplied by our Podiatrists, which follows a comprehensive assessment.

Custom prefabricated
These are very effective prefabricated orthotics manufactured out of a polyethylene foam that is both heat and pressure reactive. They are then further modified to your needs with the addition of various foam materials to positively influence the way your feet and lower limb function.

Basic prefabricated
These are very effective prefabricated orthotics manufactured out of a polyethylene foam that is both heat and pressure reactive.

2. How do orthotics work?

Orthotics work by modifying and optimising the way your feet and lower limb interact with the ground, thus manipulating the forces acting upon them.

3. Will I have to buy new shoes?

We will work with you and attempt to manufacture a device that suits your existing shoe choices. However, at times part of the problem is the shoes that we wear. If this is found to be the case, you can be confident that we will offer you the best footwear advice with your function, fashion and comfort needs carefully considered. Orthotics can be manufactured to be generic, to fit into a wide array of footwear, or highly specific for a given shoe, sport or activity.

4. Are orthotics uncomfortable?

Orthotics should not be uncomfortable. A custom manufactured device should work seamlessly with your footwear and activity to provide the ultimate in comfort.

5. Do I need orthotics?

Not everybody needs to wear orthotics. They are simply a tool that is available to us to influence the way your feet and lower limb function. For many people they are extremely effective, for others they will be of little benefit. A number of people require them only for a short period of time (for example, getting over an injury), whilst others will receive a lifetime of benefit from their use. A comprehensive examination will be required in order to determine whether orthotics may be beneficial for you.

6. How long do orthotics last?

Custom prescription devices can often last approximately 5 years, whilst prefabricated orthotics usually last up to 1 year.

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