What are Foot Orthotics?
Foot orthotics are shoe inserts designed to support, align or improve the function of the foot. There are many different types of orthotics, those recommended by podiatrists are prescription devices, custom made to suit your individual needs and biomechanics (the way your body moves)
Who Wears Orthotics?
People of all ages with a variety of foot and lower leg problems wear orthotics. Sports people are often prescribed orthotics by their podiatrists to help maximise their performance, as well as to address biomechanical problems.
Anyone suffering from a chronic foot or lower limb condition that is limiting their mobility or independence may benefit from wearing orthotics.
When are Orthotics Used?
Your podiatrist may prescribe orthotics for your particular foot problem after a comprehensive assessment, taking into account your own biomechanics, footwear, occupational and lifestyle factors.
Orthotics provide valuable long term solutions in the treatment and prevention of corns, calluses and ulceration by redistributing the pressure of the bodies weight on the feet.
Orthotics can also help rehabilitation of acute and chronic foot conditions such as tendonitis, recurrent ankle sprains and stress fractures by providing consistent postural control.
A Personalised Approach
If orthotics are recommended, your podiatrist will design a care plan. This plan will outline your diagnosis, the type of orthotic you have been prescribed, proposed footwear options, lifestyle changes that may be needed and additional treatment that may be required.
What Type of Orthotic
Cushioning orthotics provide cushioning and padding under foot with shock absorption during walking.
Pressure relief orthotics provide additional relief by redistributing the pressure of problem areas of the foot.
Moulded cast or non cast orthotics offer similar features with a superior fit, whilst prefabricated orthotics provide relief can and are customised by your podiatrist.
Functional foot (customised kinetic) orthotics offer all of those features, plus the benefit of postural realignment.