Orthotics are specialised shoe insoles that are prescribed by a podiatrist to treat or prevent lower limb injuries. They are designed to be placed into shoes and can be moved around from shoe to shoe.
They are made from either a flexible plastic or rubber (EVA), and can come in different lengths. Orthotics will contour the shape of the bottom of the foot, and therefore can look like they are an “arch support”, but we promise you, they are so much more.
Orthotics are developed to alter the pressure distribution and biomechanical function of your feet. They do this by adding forces to certain parts of the foot and taking away forces from other parts of the foot. This in turn can reduce stress on painful tissue in the feet, and it can change the way our foot functions as a whole.
Our podiatrist’s aim is to get you moving pain free and in the most functionally effective way possible. We will often use orthotics to help treat injuries, reduce corns and calluses and reduce risk of future injury. We take into account each individual’s foot type, movement patterns, shoe type, activities and current injury.
Once a thorough biomechanical assessment has been performed, we use the latest technology to take a 3-D scan of both your feet. From here, we use the 3-D scan in our orthotic modelling software to design a custom orthotic, which is specifically suited to your biomechanics and the position in which your foot functions best. We are able to design every part of the device, with your feet, injury and footwear in mind.
Orthotics can often treat and prevent conditions such as:
- Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Pain
- Stress Fractures
- Bunions or Hallux Abducto-valgus
- Tendinopathy or Tendonitis
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome or Shin Splints
- Knee Pain
- Sever’s Disease, Osgood Schlatters or growth plate issues
- Corns and callus
- Lower Back Pain
- They can also improve many other conditions affecting the foot and ankle and leg.
To learn more about our customised orthotics visit us at our Kilmore Podiatry Clinic, Wallan Podiatry Clinic or Broadford Podiatry Clinic.