A new way-forward for Orthotics

Chris Gardner is Internationally recognized for his midfoot and rearfoot orthotic design philosophy. In 1995 Chris first described and taught this philosophy in workshops he ran for final year La Trobe University Podiatry students. At Advanced Podiatry, we use the latest laser scan technology to capture the feet in 3D for unparalleled custom orthotic precision. We also have
an extensive range of semi custom and preform orthotics if a custom orthotic
is not required.

Chris Gardner has been a guest tutor and invited lecturer in orthotic therapy for 14 years to final year podiatry students at La Trobe University. He has lectured on biomechanics and orthotic treatment at both Victorian and National Podiatry Conferences and has also been an invited speaker at biomechanical workshops in Japan and Singapore.

Chris Gardner

Common Questions

What is a foot orthotic?

A foot orthotic is a shaped support that is placed inside the shoe. It is designed to balance and align the foot with the ground as well as aligning the foot with the leg. When this alignment is supported, muscles and joints within the foot, the leg, the knee and even the lower back will have less strain and load placed upon them. Wearing foot orthotics can help reduce pain, restore normal function and help the body heal itself.

What is the difference between custom and pre-formed orthotics?

Think of a custom made orthotic being the spectacles that an optometrist has assessed, measured and prescribed specifically for your eyes. Each pair of custom foot orthotics are made from a 3D image of your feet with built in position, placement and degree of correction you require to specifically reduce the damage causing tissue stress.

A preformed or customized orthotic has a set shape built into it. It can be modified to a limited degree to best suit your feet.

For what conditions can foot orthotics be used?

Midfoot orthotics are designed to produce most support throughout the high arch of the foot. These conditions may include heel pain, forefoot pain, bunions, arthritis and stress fractures.

Rearfoot orthotics are designed to produce most support from the heel to the middle of the high arch of the foot. These conditions may include ankle pain, Achilles tendonitis, tibialis posterior tendonosis, shin splints, knee pain and lower back pain.

Do I need a custom made orthotic?

With an understanding of the injury and the forces causing it, pre-form orthotics can often be used. By carefully selecting from a specialized podiatry pre-form orthotic range, surface shape and angle can be chosen where greater midfoot or rearfoot control is needed. Advanced Podiatry has an extensive range of pre-form and customized orthotics.

Advanced Podiatrists are highly skilled in orthotic prescription and design and will provide you with the best orthotic solution.

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