How Do Custom Orthotics Help Correct Overpronation?
October 30, 2018
What Is Overpronation?
As our article, ‘Flat Feet and Fallen Arches’ notes, overpronation is more frequently known as ‘flat feet’. This condition refers to an excessive tendency of the arch of the foot to ‘pronate’ or roll inward, which can lead to discomfort / pain and contribute to long term wear & tear.
Overpronation is often a result of both hereditary and lifestyle factors, which we discuss in more detail in our article, ‘Custom Orthotics for Overpronation’.
Symptoms can include:
- Arch and heel pain;
- Fatigue & soreness in the feet, legs and even lower back;
- Increased development of bunions, calluses or blisters; and
- Lower limb pain (such as shin splints, runner’s knee and ankle pain).
What Are Custom Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are specialist shoe inserts personalised to your individual foot shape, gait mechanics and pain or presenting complaints. Here at Orthotic Solutions Podiatry, we create our custom-made orthotics by first taking a plaster cast mould or computer scan of your feet.
This information allows us to design orthotics specially-tailored for your foot shape, size, movement mechanics, age, level of activity, and specific health concerns. Custom-made orthotics should only be made by an experienced foot specialist in Sydney: our team has trained and studied how to make and adjust custom orthotics. Plenty of allied health practitioners sell what they call “custom made orthotics”, but you should ask about their training in making and adjusting custom made orthotics as not everyone is actually trained to make them.
Such orthotics range in cost from $320-$500 per pair (click here for a full list of our prices), and to give you peace of mind about investing in them, Orthotic Solutions Podiatry provides a four-year structural guarantee, if your custom-made orthotic shells break within four years, we’ll replace them free of charge.
We also provide free review consultations within the first year to ensure your orthotics are working for you, and a 20% discount on your second pair of custom-made orthotics (conditions apply—click here for full Terms and Conditions).
Using Custom Orthotics For Overpronation – Is it Helpful?
Here at Orthotic Solutions Podiatry, our experienced podiatrists are familiar and very comfortable with treating overpronation concerns: it’s a common issue. We believe in tailoring your treatment to your individual needs—but does that have to mean custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics can be the answer for overpronation, but this is dependent on a wide range of factors, including the severity of your pronation and what associated problems you have experienced from overpronating.
Our detailed biomechanical assessment—including a video treadmill gait analysis—will help us determine whether custom orthotics for overpronation are the right choice for you. Your age and activity levels also play a part in this decision: for some people, pre-made orthotics (starting from $95) will work just fine. For others, custom orthotics are required to address their specific concerns.
If we determine custom orthotics are the best solution for you, we’ll create a personalised pair. These personalised orthotics are flexible and shock-absorbing inserts that guide your feet into a healthier position to help manage your pronation concerns.
Other practitioners may prescribe hard, inflexible orthotics; however, this is a method that we’ve found many patients don’t tolerate. Using more flexible and adaptable orthotics allows your foot to still move naturally while providing the increased support you need.
We also discuss children’s orthotics in detail on our page, Children’s Flat Feet Treatment – The Truth about Children’s Orthotics. If you’re concerned about your child’s feet and aren’t sure if orthotics are necessary, we would love to discuss your concerns in person and provide an assessment.
Call Our Offices Today
If you suffer from lower limb pain and are concerned that you may have flat feet, contact Orthotic Solutions Podiatry to set up an appointment today. We’ll have one of our friendly, knowledgeable podiatrists assess your feet to see if we can use custom orthotics for overpronation to treat your pain.
Tel: 1300 1 2 FEET (3338)