Orthotics are a common option for therapy in the podiatry clinic. This is because they are a great tool for treating many foot, ankle and leg conditions. It is important to understand what they are and what they do in order to know how they can help you.
Custom made orthotics can be made to suit your footwear needs, ask your Podiatrist if Orthotics will work with your shoes!
Orthotics are custom-made, biomechanically designed shoe insoles which are inserted into appropriate footwear in order to functionally assist and support the foot and ankle. Custom made orthotics are recommended by TFC podiatry, these prescription medical devices assist in the treatment and prevention of a multitude of complex conditions (some of which are listed below).
Orthotics are used with the aim of restoring foot function to normal and treating many debilitating conditions. These devices have revolutionised the way that foot, ankle and leg conditions are managed. Being individually designed to suit each patient and their conditions, custom made orthotics are very well tolerated and can have a high success rate in both treating symptoms and injuries.
– Shin splints
– Heel spurs
– Diabetic foot ulcers
– Severs disease
– Lower back pain
– Hip pain
– Knee pain
– Other musculoskeletal injuries of the foot, ankle and lower limb
Being individually designed to suit the biomechanics and structure of each foot, custom made orthotics are capable of targeting very specific problems which underpin pain and disease. Mainly functioning by redistributing or offloading pressure and force from some regions of the foot and ankle, these biomechanical devices are capable of allowing time for injuries to heal as well as correcting walking abnormalities and providing symptomatic relief. Thus, they can both treat and prevent injuries.
Orthotics are used with the ultimate aim of restoring foot function back to original capacity, allowing patients to return to normal activity. As they are often used as an ongoing rehabilitation plan, they are capable of long-term injury prevention and management. It is important to have your feet and gait assessed by a podiatrist in order to determine whether this custom made orthotics is a suitable and appropriate treatment option for your podiatric needs.