Why Custom Orthotics

Custom Orthotic Solutions

Custom Orthotics for more than just the feet


Better balance, posture & movement can enhance healing & get you moving.

Why buy custom orthotics for shoes from Gait Doctor?

GAITSCAN biomechanical analysis technology has arrived in New Zealand and we are one of a select group of practitioners nationwide to use this state of the art technology for the assessment of your gait and the prescription of custom orthtoics to help you achieve more stability and balance to allow healing of your aches & pains.

Watch this brief video explaining how Dr Cherye Roche uses GaitScan technology and her partnership with the Orthotics Group to assist with your biomechanical evaluation.

Do you have:

  • Leg length inequality?
  • Low back or sacroiliac pain? (Sciatica)
  • Muscle pain, tension or spasm?
  • Shin splints / calf pain?  Posterior Tibial Tendon Disorder
  • Pain and grinding in the knee? (Patello-Femoral Tracking Syndrome)
  • Foot arch pain? (Plantar fasciitus / heel spur)
  • Bunions? (Hallux valgus)
  • Ball of the foot pain? (Metatarsalgia)
  • Symptoms that are worse with standing, walking or running?

If YES – then you may be a candidate for gait analysis using Gait Scan technology, and the prescription of custom foot orthotics to address the underlying condition and improve function.

Your feet, knees, hips and spine are in constant demand throughout the day and are under constant pressure of gravity. Foot structure is the bodies foundation for supporting this stress. Dr Roche is trained to look at how your spinal joints are affected by your foot function. This is called “assessment of the Kinetic Chain”, and this helps identify the underlying cause of joint pain and dysfunction. Read on to learn more!

Am I a candidate for orthotics?

You are likely reading this information because you are looking for help, or your practitioner has referred you to us for an assessment for the possible addition of custom foot orthotics to your care plan. You do not need a referral to make an appointment with Dr Roche. Simply call the clinic for a new patient appointment and the receptionist will give you everything you need to know to start the process. The computerised gait analysis pressure plate system is a fantastic way to help identify any underlying cause of your condition (biomechanical foot faults), and will provide the custom shoe insoles to help balance your body and get you better faster, and get you back to living life to the fullest.

Are Custom Made Orthotics For Me?

How do I know if Functional Orthotic Therapy is worth trying for my particular problems?

Given that around 70% of the population have some degree of abnormal foot function, the vast majority of people could benefit from Functional Orthotic Therapy.

Think of prescription orthoses like glasses or contact lenses. Many of us need that bit of extra help in order to see properly. Custom functional orthoses are like prescription glasses/contact lenses, they improve our own ability where we are naturally deficient, and they do not require surgery. 

Numerous clinical studies have shown that Functional Orthotic Therapy plays a unique and important role in the long-term success of any healthcare treatment plan for those with recurrent, acute-on-chronic and/or chronic musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. 

 The reason for this is simple. If our feet do not function effectively, the structural integrity, posture, balance and freedom of movement of the rest of the body is compromised. Any treatments, therapies or medications used to treat chronic musculoskeletal problems will be unable to significantly improve overall health where foot function remains compromised.

Supporting the body:

The structure and function of the foot supports your entire weight and affects the movement of all of the joints in your “kinetic chain” – i.e. the feet, knees, hips, pelvis and spine, head.

Faulty foot mechanics will eventually contribute to a variety of conditions in these joint structures. Common symptoms include:

  • Leg length inequality – do you always need to have one trouser leg tailored to be longer/shorter?
  • Flat feet / collapsed arches – did you know you inherit this from your parents?
  • Foot arch pain – do you have foot arch pain first thing in the morning that gets worse with walking?
  • Bunions or hammer toes – are your toes twisting and turning in odd ways?
  • Heel pain – this could be from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis – do you know the difference?
  • Shin splints – calf pain is often due to foot arch collapse and can be helped with orthotics.
  • Grinding / pain in the knee cap – do you have knee pain with going up or down stairs?
  • Hip / groin pain – is your hip / groin pain an early sign of the eventual need for a hip replacement?
  • Low back pain – is your low back pain worse with long term standing and walking?
  • Sacro – Iliac/Sciatica – shooting leg pain is often due to sciatica which comes from the low back.
  • And even, neck pain – the end of the links in your joint chain are in the neck

These symptoms are often worse with long term standing or walking which can result in over use, stress and strain to the ligaments, tendons and muscles that support the weight bearing joints. This ultimately causes pain.

Why Use Custom Orthotics For The Feet?

Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of the weight bearing joints. Like the foundation of a building, your feet support the weight of your body. This is amplified by 4 times when you are running! When small problems develop in your feet, a subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of mal-adjustment in your other joints, adversely impacting your posture and walking mechanics, and creating abnormal stress in these joints, leading to even worse problems.

Repetitive Motion 

Assuming you started walking at the age of 1, the table below shows the average numbers of steps you will have taken at 10 year intervals throughout your life.

Age (years)112131415161718191101
Average number of steps taken (Millions)336699130165200230260300330

Pronation: To understand orthotics, it helps to understand a bit about how the foot works. Pronation is the technical term for the collapse of the inside arch of the foot. It is a normal and important event in the walking pattern, enabling the foot to work as a shock absorber for the body. However, over-pronation (excessive rotation) can cause problems such as flat feet (i.e. image left), plantar fasciitis (arch pain), bunions, knee, hip or back pain. As the foot over-pronates excessive twisting pressure is exerted onto the knees, hips, pelvis and spine creating joint dysfunction, and ultimately pain.

What are Custom Orthotics for Shoes?

Orthotics are insoles that fit into your shoe to control your foot motion and prevent the stresses placed on all of the weight bearing joints that result from over-pronation. It is important to note that, not all orthotics are created equal. Yes, you can get off the shelf orthotics. However, these are actually just simple “arch supports” and NOT true biomechanical control devices. Your practitioner has referred you for gait analysis and custom orthotics because there is a need to get this precisely right to meet your individual biomechanical requirements.

Why Custom Foot Orthotics?

Custom foot orthotics help rebalance your feet, thereby reducing the stress on the joints and muscles and reducing pain and discomfort by enhancing and optimizing the bodies natural movements. Working with the orthotic laboratory, Dr Roche prescribes orthotics uniquely designed to meet your needs to balance biomechanical faults inherent in your joints. These devices augment and enhance the clinical care you receive, and hasten the healing process with long lasting results. So you can return to your regular activities.

Will they fit into all of my shoes?

In a word – yes! Even in ladies shoes. Our range of orthotics can be designed to fit into almost any shoe type. They can be transferred from shoe to shoe, or you can purchase a pair for each pair of shoes. This is often necessary when specialist orthotics are required for specific sports or occupational activities. There is even a range of sandals that can have your orthotic prescription built into the sandal footbed! Dr Roche would be pleased to discuss this in detail with you, so that you get back to work or back in the “game” faster and better.

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