An orthotic is a device that sits in your shoe to change your foot position, alter pressure and loading. The way our feet function directly influences how the rest of the body is positioned or moves as we walk or run. If there is an abnormality with how our feet are functioning, problems elsewhere in our our body could arise as a result.
Orthotics can be used to correct any biomechanical discrepancies, restrict certain movements, reduce force through a particular structure and aid in the recovery of a foot condition such as a ligament tear or stress fracture. Your podiatrist will assess your biomechanics and gait to determine if orthotics are required or could be beneficial for your particular condition.
Orthotics can be used to help manage:
- aching feet and calves
- plantar fasciitis/heel pain
- 1st toe joint pain
- flat feet
- achilles tendonitis
- ankle pain
- painful corns and callus
- morton’s neuroma
- Lower back, hip and knee alignment issues
There are 3 different types of orthotics that can be prescribed:
- custom orthotics (cast moulded)
- semi custom orthotics (traced)
- prefabricated orthotic (off the shelf device)
Your podiatrist will discuss the different types and provide you with the one most suitable to your individual needs.