Foot orthotics support stressed and tired joints and muscles, correct poor foot function, help to relieve your pain, and help heal and prevent injuries.
Whether you refer to them as foot orthotics, orthoses or inserts – these brilliant medical devices change the lives, and not to mention pain levels, of our patients every single day. The way they alter foot biomechanics to help injuries and promote healthy foot and leg function mean our patients feel great, look great, and can get back to doing the things they love faster than ever. Here’s what you should know about orthotics:
Orthotics are shoe inserts that are intended to correct abnormal, or irregular walking patterns that have contributed to increased stress through the feet and legs, and ultimately injury. Orthotics are not merely “arch supports”. An orthotic is designed to guide the mechanics of the foot to a precise degree which help the muscles and tendons to perform more efficiently, making standing, walking, running and generally living more comfortable.
If you’re suffering from pain or injury, your orthotics are specifically designed to correct any biomechanical anomalies that are contributing to your injury and ongoing pain, and distribute weight away from the painful area.
When orthotics are expertly designed to meet the needs and function of your feet, they can compensate for impaired foot function, controlling the position and motion of your feet so you can walk and feel better. Orthotics can also prevent the occurrence of a new injury, recurrence of a previous injury and additional deformity of the feet.
We specialise in the prescription of orthotics and pride ourselves on delivering excellent clinical outcomes for our patients. We do this through the wealth of knowledge from our Podiatrist & Orthotist, Martin Kane, who has spent decades both prescribing and teaching other podiatrists how to prescribe custom foot orthotics. The skills and knowledge he uses in every prescription, and passes on to our team, is invaluable. To see Martin’s profile, click here.
To read more about how orthotics work and how we ensure you get the best orthotic for your feet, click here.
Before orthotics can be prescribed:
- A detailed history is taken and a diagnosis is made from your symptoms
- A full biomechanical examination is conducted
- Computer video gait analysis is performed and evaluated
- All regular footwear is examined
- A diagnosis is made based on our clinical findings
- We discuss your treatment options and make a treatment plan to get you back to 100%
- Your goals and preferences are considered in your orthotic prescription
- Often the foot is casted so that the orthotics are made precisely from your foot impression
What can orthotics can help with?
Orthotics can be a great adjunct to helping treat a variety of conditions and ailments, including helping to:
- Facilitate healing of damaged muscles and tissues – g. plantar fasciitis
- Relieve pressure from painful areas of the feet – g. corns, callous, ulcers
- Improve walking and running techniques
- Stabilise and support the feet and body
- Support foot and leg abnormalities – g. limb length difference
- Reduce pain from systemic conditions – g. arthritis
- And so many more!
It is important to remember that in order for orthotics to help specific conditions and ailments, they will have the right features to address the issue – including the most suitable materials, additions and pads, and the right positioning with regard to the anatomy of your foot. This is where it’s critical that you see a practitioner that is highly experienced in prescribing the best orthotic to help you and address all of your foot health needs.
That’s where we come in.