What are footbeds, orthotics and insoles? What are footbeds, orthotics and insoles used for?

Insoles, Footbeds and Orthotics.

At TFC Podiatry in Point Cook our Podiatrists get asked about orthotics regularly, this blog is designed to explain some of the key points.

Therapy using an in-shoe device such as an orthotic, footbed or innersole can be used for a variety of reasons. By changing mechanical loads and pressure distribution on the structures on the bottom of the foot, an orthotic can be a great part of a good treatment plan for an assortment of lower limb conditions.

By limiting the force that a structure must entail for the majority of steps throughout the day, Orthotic therapy can be a treatment plan that relies just a little bit less on your compliance as a patient. All tissues within the body have a certain tolerance to stress, this is different for all people and all tissues. Injuries happen when tissue becomes too stressed, or overloaded. As a treatment, to de-load or de-stress these tissues is very difficult when it comes to the foot as they are being stressed and loaded with each step. Orthotics can be prescribed to destress tissues to a point that they can tolerate and hopefully in combination with a rehabilitation plan permanently cure foot and lower leg pain.

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