Why the right footwear is so important
It’s an unavoidable truth that the longer we walk the Earth, the less stable the foundation provided by our hardworking feet becomes.
Some of us are born with conditions that bring foot health challenges – such as cerebral palsy or a leg length difference.
For others, poor fitting shoes have caused bunions or calluses and disease has led to foot health complications.
No matter what your condition or challenge, the Foot Balance Technology team can help.
We recommend and make the right footwear – the kind that will help you regain your balance, free you from pain and let you keep doing what you love best.
Step into our clinic for improved foot health
The pedorthists at Foot Balance Technology specialise in the assessment and care of a wide range of foot conditions relating to:
- hammer or clawed toes
- Charcot neuropathy
- cerebral palsy
- leg length differences
- shin splints
- heel pain
- pain in the ball of your foot, and
- plantar fasciitis.
A focus on diabetes
Foot ulceration is a common complication of diabetes. Shockingly, foot ulcers can lead to the need for partial or full amputation of a sufferers’ toes and feet.
Research shows, 4 out of 5 diabetic foot ulcers are caused by ill-fitting footwear.
The right footwear, recommended and fitted by a professional, can reduce your level or risk and potentially save your feet.
Our principal pedorthist, Sayed Ahmed, is passionate about supporting diabetic foot health.
His knowledge and expertise are regularly called upon by public and private orthopedic foot/ankle surgeons, podiatrists, physiotherapists, rehab specialist, orthotists and prosthetists.
He also has a strong referral relationship with the High-Risk Foot Clinics at Concord, Royal Prince Alfred, Westmead, Nepean, St Vincents and Blacktown hospitals.
To build on, and to help spread this knowledge to diabetes patients and clinicians in developing countries, Sayed is completing a PhD around diabetes foot care and footwear at Southern Cross University.
You can read Sayed’s blog on diabetic shoes and orthoses, here.
What to expect
Assessment: When you come to the Foot Balance Technology clinic we get to know you and assess your condition using our knowledge, experience and the latest technology.
An initial appointment usually takes around 45 minutes.
Depending on your foot condition we:
- conduct a full biomechanical and gait assessment
- use in-shoe or barefoot plantar pressure measurements and analysis systems, and/or
- take a 3D scan of your foot and leg.
If you have been referred to Foot Balance Technology by a doctor or other health professional, we apply our expertise to their diagnosis to recommend the best products.
Recommendations: We create your individual foot care plan based on our assessment. This may include the need for:
- Prefabricated, extra depth and width shoes or other comfort footwear
- custom made orthopaedic footwear and orthoses
- stretching and strengthening exercises, and/or
- a referral to another allied health professional.
If custom footwear and orthotics are recommended, we use a 3D scan to make a cast of your foot, and computer-aided design and manufacture systems to craft the orthoses.
Try our products on for size
Depending on our assessment of your foot health we may recommend an “off-the-shelf” solution.
Professionally fitted specialised shoes can provide fantastic early intervention – to stop a problem before it starts. They are also a good option for simple foot complaints like bunions and corns.
Take a look at the prefabricated shoes we recommend here.
Custom made footwear
We use computer-aided design and manufacture systems to individually craft shoes for you, including:
- extra-depth and width shoes
- custom-moulded shoes
- corrective shoe modifications and more.
Foot Balance Technology work with your health care team to recommend and fabricate the very best custom orthoses including:
- arch supports and metatarsal head supports
- heel cups
- diabetes specific inserts (TCI)
- Ankle foot orthoses (AFO) and more.
Put your best foot forward
You can make an appointment with the Foot Balance Technology team with or without a referral from your doctor.
Call us today to find out how we can help and to schedule an appointment.