Prescription Foot Orthotics - available at our clinics in Melbourne and across Victoria
Foot orthotics work... medically and clinically they are proven beyond doubt, but require accurate diagnosis, correct prescription and implementation.
Surprisingly, many health professionals prescribing foot orthotics in Melbourne and across Australia have a limited understanding and little experience in prescription orthotic therapy. So it’s paramount to have foot orthotic devices prescribed by a practitioner who keeps up-to-date with the latest medical research and has specific expertise in biomechanics and musculoskeletal medicine. Out-dated information and a poor understanding of orthotic therapy can lead to ineffective and/or inappropriate orthotic devices.
As experts in prescription foot orthotics therapy, with specific expertise in biomechanics and musculoskeletal medicine, we always stay up-to-date with the very latest medical research in this area. We have many years of experience in prescribing orthotics in Melbourne, across Victoria and even to many interstate and overseas patients. In fact, the founder of Foot & Leg Pain Clinics, Dr. Paul Dowie has nearly 20 years experience in this area and provides prescription foot orthotics to people all around the world, as well as consulting to other practitioners in Melbourne and across Australia on orthotics prescription and orthotic therapy. All our other practitioners are also highly skilled and trained in this area and get the benefit of Dr. Dowie’s expertise and many years of experience. That’s why we can help.
At Foot & Leg Pain clinics we regularly see patients in who are dissatisfied with previous foot orthotics they have been provided by other health practitioners, often resulting in the belief that orthotics don’t work. The reason foot orthotics don’t work, in some cases, is due to one or more of the following: an incorrect diagnosis of their condition; the prescription is inappropriate; the devices are off-the-shelf retail or mass produced products, not specifically prescribed for the individual; the devices are actually just insoles implying they are proper medical devices and cure-alls; or the patient isn’t wearing them regularly.
Foot orthotics prescription is a specific area of podiatric musculoskeletal and sports medicine and is best determined by an experienced musculoskeletal or sports podiatrist.
So if you’ve had the experience of being given an insole, a gel heel pad or foot orthotics that didn’t work, don’t worry, you might just need more up-to-date advice. Good advice in regards to foot orthotics treatment consists of: a thorough biomechanical assessment and gait analysis, an accurate diagnosis, a thorough understanding of your injury / problem, an understanding of and expertise in modern orthotic therapy.
Your orthotic treatment with us
At Foot & Leg pain Clinics we are highly trained and very experienced in this area. We prescribe orthotics specific to each individual. Our custom made prescription orthotics are made in Melbourne from flexible, durable and lightweight materials, which we believe are a superior product to rigid foot orthotics made from other materials, and our results speak for themselves. We’ve been successfully assisting some of the world’s best athletes and tens of thousands of others with prescription orthotics, in Melbourne, across Australia and around the world for many years.
It’s important to remember that orthotic therapy may just be part of the solution, so it’s important to adhere to any other parts of the treatment plan you are given to ensure successful, long-term results.
It’s also important to understand that orthotics sometimes require some refinements and/or adjustments when first prescribed. Every person’s body reacts differently to their orthotic devices, so we need to see how your body reacts and may need to fine-tune the devices along the way. Some people have exactly the right ingredients and response instantly, whilst others may take a little more time and adjustment. So be patient and remember to provide feedback to your podiatrist so you can work together to get the results we are both looking for as soon as possible.