Understanding Orthotics

An orthotic is a device issued by a Podiatrist to support and change the alignment of the feet. This device can solve a lot of issues in regards to improving pain and function for people’s feet but also knees, hips and lower back.

Orthotic or orthosis can be custom made or over the counter. They are placed inside your shoes to help reduce and improve pain by moving pressure more evenly across the foot and ankle, while also allowing time for particular tissues to heal. 

What are the benefits of orthotics?

  • Providing pain relief.  Orthotics can help relieve foot pain by redistributing pressure. This may help conditions such as plantar fasciitis, neuroma, bursitis, bunions, osteoarthritis and Achilles tendonitis. Simultaneously they may provide cushioning and support to alleviate pressure on the painful area.
  • Improved Foot Function – in some cases changing the alignment of someone’s foot to promote more appropriate foot mechanics and gait. 
  • Prevention- orthotics can be a major preventative measure to avoid progression in some conditions such as plantar fasciitis or bunions.
  • Reduce joint pain. Cushioning orthotics not only help the structure but helps reduce stress in joints by creating shock absorption.
Types of Orthotics

Custom-Made Orthotics: 

These orthotics are made from scratch to suit an individual’s unique foot shape and biomechanics as all feet function differently. Custom orthotics offer the most accurate level of support and are usually prescribed by a podiatrist. A thorough biomechanical assessment is undertaken. To ensure an accurate fit and function of these custom orthotics a 3D scan and also gait scan is performed and we look at each foot singly. This helps look at both feet functioning and let us see differences which will then allow us to proceed with  the customisation for each foot orthotic.

Semi-Custom Orthotics

Semi-custom orthotics are made from a tracing of your foot so our orthotics lab can match to get a specific width and length. Then the Podiatrist will choose the closest fit to your foot. These orthotics can then be modified further to increase to get the best possible result for your feet.

Prefabricated Orthotics

Prefabricated orthotics are generic in their level of correction, in shape and in sizing. It can give us temporary relief and can be great for a short to medium term option depending on your pain and symptoms.  We have them ready to go at the clinic and can be dispensed at the same time as your appointment.

 

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