Orthotics

Foot orthotics have been used for decades in the treatment of various different foot problems. Since the mid 1980’s they have become increasingly important in the treatment of various sports related injuries where overuse of muscles, tendons and ligaments occur.

 

Conditions such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, knee pain, bunions, corns, calluses and a host of other foot problems, leg, knee and postural complaints have all been known to improve with the use of custom made orthotics. Because orthotics improve the functional alignment between the foot, knee, hip and pelvis, many practitioners have realised that orthotics, if correctly prescribed, can treat alignment problems and the symptoms they cause very effectively.

 

Unlike simple arch supports, a custom made orthotic uses specific modifications to apply specific forces to different parts of the foot in an effort to alleviate pain and/or improve postural control.

 

Our podiatrists have many years of training and experience with prescribing custom made orthotics for children, adults, seniors and athletes. They follow strict guidelines to ensure your orthotics are prescribed accurately. They will guide you through the whole process from the initial assessment, to the casting, orthotic prescription, fitting and follow up.

How long must you wear orthotics?

Foot orthotics, like eyeglasses, only work when you use them. Orthotics do not permanently change the structure of your foot, but help realign its joints to improve both posture and function. Continuous use of your orthotics is necessary to control or reduce pain and fatigue. Once you are accustomed to them, wearing your orthotics becomes natural and unnoticeable.  As you get older, foot posture can improve with continual wear of your orthotics. Orthotics should be checked for accuracy and excessive ‘wear and tear’ every 2 to 3 years.

What is the difference between foot orthotics, insoles and arch supports?

Terms such as foot supports, arch supports, insoles and foot beds are all loose terms used to describe various different types of supports used for the feet. Custom made orthotics are prescription devices which are prescribed by the podiatrist after a thorough biomechanical exam for your particular complaint, foot and body type.

How do I begin using ?my orthotics?

We suggest wearing them for one hour the first day, and gradually increasing the wearing time in one hour increments until you can wear them all day.