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What Are Orthotics?

Unfortunately not everyone is lucky enough to be blessed with perfect feet! Due to the complex nature of our feet there orthotics pictureare a huge list of problems that may develop if they are not functioning properly. Orthotics are devices which are inserted into footwear to support the foot’s natural structure and are beneficial in the treatment for a lot foot and leg problems.

There are a range of different types of orthotics which are suitable for certain conditions and foot types. As Podiatrists we predominately work with custom made orthotics which involving taking a plaster cast or 3D scan of the feet and having customised orthotics created from a personalised prescription. To determine the type of orthotics a person needs there are a range of different assessments and test that we use. Initially, we will have a look at the way you walk and determine if you have flat feet, high arches etc. This information is essential to ensure that they are the perfect fit for your feet.

Podiatrists also work with prefabricated orthotics which are measured based on shoe size. Whilst these orthotics tend to provide less support than custom made orthotics and are not as durable they are more than adequate in some cases. Your podiatrist will tell you which type of orthotics will best suit you based on your footwear, age, foot type and the problems you have with your feet or legs.

What are some common conditions orthotics are used for?

No two feet are the same and therefore the reasons that orthotics are prescribed also varies greatly. Most commonly orthotics are used to treat pain and discomfort in the feet, some examples of conditions of the feet which orthotics may help with include:

  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain and pain along the arches of the feet),
  • Flat feet: orthotics can improve the foot and leg position and help prevent the development of various issues associated with flat feet,
  • Bunions: orthotics can help slow the progression of bunions and reduce pain
  • Arthritis: orthotics can help prevent further joint degeneration as well as reduce joint pain
  • Corns and callus: depending on the location and the cause of the corns and callus orthotics may be beneficial in reducing the build-up of dead skin
  • Knee and hip pain: orthotics have been shown to help reduce pain in joints other than the feet if the problem is caused by poor alignment.

These are just a few common examples of cases where orthotics may be beneficial. Keep in mind that not every foot problem can be treated with orthotics.

So how do I know if I need orthotics?

If you are experifoot pictureencing any pain or discomfort in your feet or legs or you have noticed that your ankles roll in a lot when you are walking than it would be a good idea to see a podiatrist for an assessment.

If you book in for a biomechanical assessment with your podiatrist be sure to bring a few pairs of your shoes with you as shoes play a huge role in orthotic therapy and the treatment of foot ailments.

 

Thanks for reading,

Loretta

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