We are Sydney's running orthotic specialists.
Walker Street Sports Podiatry
Running specific foot orthotics can be one of the most effective treatment options that a sports podiatrist can offer their injured runners. Our Podiatrists are runners, just like you.
Running orthotics are designed to work with your running shoes to reduce loads to areas prone to injury and are specifically designed with the runners injury history and unique biomechanics in mind.
About our custom running orthotics
A running orthotic works best as a full length semi flexible insert that replaces the existing liner of the running shoe. Like other types of foot orthotics, running orthotics work best when treating pain or biomechanical dysfunction. Running related injuries are common, and for the vast majority of injured runners, they won’t require foot orthotics. However, there is a sub set of the running population that have particular anatomy or biomechanics that make the use of running specific orthotics invaluable in the management of their current injury, or to help reduce the likelihood of recurrence as training load increases.
Features of a good running orthotic
Lightweight: we focus on making runners foot orthotics as light as possible without sacrificing control or support. Running orthotics are generally made from carbon fibre or an ultra-light plastic shell that allows good support and energy return without adding too much weight to the shoe.
Comfortable: we try not to deviate too far from the preferred movement pathway of your foot and design the running orthotic to alter the damaging forces in a comfortable way that still retains a natural feel.
Transferable: we make running orthotics full length with a thin, cushioned and durable EVA foam top cover that fully replaces the existing liner of the shoe. The running orthotic can be easily transferred into various running shoes on rotation or when you update to a new model.
We want every runner to enjoy running in their orthotics while helping manage the injury and associated abnormal loads they were designed for.
Injures running orthotics can be great at managing:
bone stress injures at the foot and lower leg such as metatarsal, navicular and tibial stress fractures.
Tendon injuries such as Achilles, tibialis posterior and peroneal tendinopathy
Plantar heel pain such as plantar fasciitis
Forefoot injuries such as Morton’s neuroma and intermetatarsal bursitis
Recurring lateral ankle sprains or chronic ankle instability
HOW WE MAKE CUSTOM RUNNING ORTHOTICS
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 orthotics and we've just started producing 3D printed orthotics which provide some unique benefits compared to traditional methods.
To make our custom orthotics, 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 and injury history. The outcome is a highly individualised activity & injury specific foot orthotic, designed to alter the stresses traveling through the foot & lower extremity.
The prescription is tailored to reduce the load on the injured tissue/s enough to allow pain-free activities. The goal is to reduce the stress to a more optimal level (within a normal physiological range of stress). If this is done correctly, you can expect a reduction in symptoms & an INCREASE in the strength of the previously overloaded muscle, tendon, bone or other structure within the foot or lower extremity.
HOW WE FIT CUSTOM RUNNING ORTHOTICS
1. Initial Assessment
Before we recommend custom 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 an assessment to determine the movement and forces occurring at the foot level 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 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 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 foot orthotics based on an initial consultation and recommendation, we then fit your custom orthotics into the shoes that they will be used in.
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 foot orthotics is the review. In this step, we will follow up with you within 2-6 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 cutom orthotics and to assess if they are achieving the therapeutic goals. The review also gives us an opportunity to make any necessary adjustments.