How do our Podiatrists Treat you?
Podiatrists provide all sorts of different treatment options for biomechanical (movement) problems of the lower limbs. The treatment required depends on the injury/condition we are treating you for as well as the individual being treated. Just because something might work for one person, does not necessarily mean it is the best option for someone else. That’s why we’ll always do our best to provide you all the necessary information and a variety of suitable treatment options so that as a parent, guardian, or child you may choose a treatment option that you feel comfortable with and which best suits you (or your child!). Below are just some of the treatments that we provide at Black Swan Osteopathy and Podiatry.
Orthotics are in-shoe devices commonly used to correct gait (walking) abnormalities, among other conditions. Orthotics are highly specific to the individual and as such at Black Swan Osteopathy and Podiatry we customize all of our in-shoe devices. Given that no two feet are the same, it seems unrealistic to expect that two people could wear the same orthotics. At Black Swan Osteopathy and Podiatry, we either make the devices ourselves on site, or work closely with a laboratory to see that the devices are made to our specific needs.
Splints & Braces
Splints and braces are commonly used to correct soft-tissue (and in some cases bony) alignment issues, such as juvenile bunions and rotational hip issues. On occasions we may use prefabricated boots and braces. These are more commonly used for injuries, such as fractures that require stabilization and splinting.
Customised In-Shoe Padding & Strapping
In-shoe padding &/or strapping is often a good, economical alternative to orthotics. Strapping may be used to either alter the alignment of the foot/lower limb or it can be used to splint and protect painful or injured areas. In-shoe padding may be combined with strapping, or be used alone in the shoe(s) for minor corrections to the foot/lower limb.