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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.

2. Recommendation

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.

4. Review

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.

CUSTOM RUNNING ORTHOTICS FAQ

Do I Need Custom Running Orthotics?


It depends!

Foot orthotics work best when treating mechanical based overload injuries of the foot, ankle or lower limb due to poor foot function. Foot orthotics have the potential to allow someone pain free sport or everyday activities after a long period (sometimes years) of constant or reccuring injury.

When indicated, foot orthotics remain an important part of the medical treatment which podiatrists offer their patients with foot and lower limb pain or dysfunction. After a thorough history and assessment, your podiatrist can advise if you would benefit from foot orthotics, and which type would be most appropriate for your particular needs - e.g. pre-fabricated or custom. In many cases, we perform a 'treatment direction test' such as strapping or in-shoe padding/wedging that will give us an indication if orthotic therapy will provide a good solution to your problem.




Do Orthotics Go Over Running Shoe Innersoles?


It depends.

Each case is different. We will advise you on the best way to wear custom orthotics based on your personal circumstances, footwear and intended application.




Who Prescribes Custom RunningOrthotics?


We do!

Generally, orthotics are best prescribed by a podiatrist. Our fully-qualified Podiatrists will have a chat about your concerns and injury histoy and combine this with a full assessment and gait analysis before recommending or prescribing orthotics.




What Do Custom Running Orthotics Do?


Our runnng orthotics are designed to replace the original liner of the running shoe and the alter load and forces traveling through the foot and lower extremity while running. Runnng orthotics have an important role in mitigating abnormally high stresses on body parts/regions that are currently painful or prone to injury. An important goal that we are trying to acheive with the use of a custom running orthotic is to ability to run more, with less injury risk.




Do I Need to Wear Orthotics All the Time?


It depends! Some need to use orthtoics as much as possible to get the best results, while others may only need to use their orthotics sparingly in some shoes, for some activities, to get the best results. When fitting your custom foot orthotics, we will provide you with instructions on how to get the most out of your orthotics.




How Long will Running Orthotics Last?


How long your orthotics will last depends entirely on how often they are used and in what application. Because custom orthotics are designed to fit your foot perfectly, there is less wear and tear on pressure points of the orthotics. Custom orthotics also use materials that are more durable that pre-fabricated.

There is no specific time period for how long orthotics should last. We recommend period assessments to determine whether or not they need to be replaced and to assess their effectiveness. As a rule of thumb, our orthotics generally last anywhere from 2-6 years depending on how often they are used and in what application.




How Do You 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 benifit 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 wich provide some unique benefits compared to traditional methods. To make our custom orthotics, we takle a 3D digital image of your foot with 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.




Do You Offer Off the Shelf Running Orthotics?


Yes. We offer medical grade 'off the shelf' foot orthotics in average sizes and shapes in an attempt to match the most common sizes and shapes of feet. They are ready to be dispensed straight away and can be modified on the spot to make them slightly more 'custom' and improve the therapeutic goals for each patient.




Does Everyone Who Runs Need Orthotics?


No! We aim to get our injured runners the internal strength/capacity to run without the need for an orthotic via load management prinicples and graduated rehab. Generlly, runners that do benefit from foot orthotics are those that have chronic or recurring injury despite careful training load increases and targeted exercises. In many instances, there will be internal injury risk factors such as excessive mid-foot mobility that an orthotic can help mitigate long term. If you're not sure if orthotic therapy is for you, feel free to use the contact form to ask any questions you may have before booking an appointment. If you require a consultation, book online and we can assess your orthotic needs during the consultation at our North Sydney clinic.




What Is A Foot Orthotic?


A Foot Orthotic is an in-shoe device (insert) that redistributes plantar pressures and reduces the load on overloaded parts of the foot, ankle and lower limb. They can be custom made or pre-fabricated. At walker Street Sports Podiatry we offer a range of good quality medical grade prefabricated orthotics, as well as fully custom orthotics.




Are Custom Running Orthotics Uncomfortable?


In some cases, Custom Foot Orthotics will feel uncomfortable at first. Don’t stress, this is all part of the process. The soft tissues in your foot and the muscles in your feet and legs will take time to get used to. We will make recommendations on how often and in what application you should wear your new custom orthotics.

We prescribe custom orthotics that are light, semi-flexible and as comfortable as possible. Comfort is a key consideration -- you won't know if a foot orthotic can help with your problem if you can't wear them due to comfort issues!




Are Orthotics Good For Your Feet?


Foot orthotics work best when treating mechanical based overload injuries of the foot, ankle or lower limb due to poor foot function. Foot orthotics have the potential to allow someone pain free sport or everyday activities after a long period (sometimes years) of constant or recurring injury.

When indicated, foot orthotics remain an important part of the medical treatment which podiatrists offer their patients with foot and lower limb pain or dysfunction. After a thorough history and assessment, your podiatrist can advise if you would benefit from foot orthotics, and which type would be most appropriate for your particular needs - e.g. pre-fabricated or custom. In many cases, we perform a 'treatment direction test' such as strapping or in-shoe padding/wedging that will give us an indication if orthotic therapy will provide a good solution to your problem.





CONTACT US

Ground Level, 83 Walker Street

North Sydney NSW 2060

(Within Health & Wellness Australia Clinic)

 

Call us on: 9964 0099 

info@walkerstreetsportspodiatry.com.au

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