Custom Diabetes Orthotics for Prevention and Care
Walker Street Sports Podiatry
Relieve chronic pain and prevent injuries with custom Diabetes Orthotics from Sydney's foot orthotic experts. Walk and run pain free with Custom Foot Orthotics.
At Walker Street Sports Podiatry, one of the most common reasons that people seek custom orthotics is for the relief and treatment of Diabetes. Diabetes is the result of the body not producing enough insulin to sustain blood glucose within a normal range. Over time, if the blood is glucose level is too high, it can lead to damage of multiple body systems – including the feet.
Orthotics for Diabetes can be an important element in providing relief and a lasting solution to the sufferer. Two of the most common foot-related complications of diabetes include:
Damage to nerves (neuropathy)
Damage to blood vessels (vascular disease)
By nature of the condition, diabetics are more prone to nerve damage in the feet which may result in whole or part of their feet becoming insensitive and numb to pain and injury. If not treated properly, this can cause serious complications and lead to long-term injury.
Not every diabetic requires orthotics - many feet injuries irritated by Diabetes can be treated very successfully without the use of orthotics. Before advising Diabetes orthotics, we will provide a full assessment and delve into your history. Our goal is to establish a manageable, lasting solution for any foot issues that arise from diabetes.
HOW WE MAKE FOOT ORTHOTICS FOR DIABETES
At Walker Street Sports Podiatry, we always have our finger on the pulse. We don't simply buy into gimmicks but adopt new technology when there will be a real benefit to the patient. We keep up to date with the latest industry standards for producing the best custom Diabetic orthotics. We've just started producing 3D printed foot Orthotics in Sydney which provides some unique benefits compared to traditional methods.
To make our custom orthotics for diabetics, we use specialised light-emitting cameras; digital scanning has now surpassed the traditional methods we once used, such as plaster casting. Once the scans have been taken, your podiatrist writes an orthotic prescription based on your biomechanical assessment, footwear/activity requirements, current foot condition, and injury history. The outcome is a highly individualised activity & injury specific Diabetes foot orthotics, designed to prevent injury.
HOW WE FIT ORTHOTICS FOR DIABETES
1. Initial Assessment
Before we recommend flat foot orthotics, we start with a biomechanical assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if you are a suitable candidate for orthotics.
Your podiatrist at Walker Street Sports Podiatry will conduct a gait assessment to determine the movement of your feet during the gait cycle. We use the latest technology to ensure a comprehensive and accurate review.
If the initial assessment indicates that you would benefit from custom flat foot orthotics, then we will recommend the best orthotics for your foot type and intended purpose. Recommendations are based on intended use
We will only recommend flat foot orthotics if we believe that they can reduce pain or mitigate future injuries stemming from foot or lower leg issues.
3. Orthotic Fitting
Once we have created custom flat foot orthotics based on an initial consultation and recommendation, we then fit your custom orthotics.
We use this step to ensure that your custom foot orthotics fit with your shoes and will make any necessary adjustments. We will also provide you with instructions on how to use your orthotics and provide you with recommendations on the best way to get used to your custom orthotics.
The final step in fitting your custom flat foot orthotics is the review. In this step, we will follow up with you within a couple of weeks of your fitting to track your progress.
This is a chance for us to see how your foot and lower leg is adapting to the extra correction of your custom orthotics. The review also gives us an opportunity to make any necessary adjustments.