Orthotics are podiatric medical devices placed into your footwear designed specifically to improve foot function and lower leg mechanics. They work by restoring and supporting the foot’s normal arch and alignment. They can help eliminate pain from activities involving prolonged periods of standing, walking or running. Children, adults, seniors, and even work professions (i.e. nurses, postal workers, process workers …etc.) can all benefit from orthotics. They are long lasting and can be easily swapped between different shoes.
Orthotics can be used in the treatment and prevention of acute and chronic foot conditions such as tendonitis, recurrent ankle sprain and stress fractures, by providing consistent postural control. Orthotics also provide valuable long-term solution in the treatment and of corns, calluses and ulceration by redistributing the pressure of the body’s weight on the feet.
Your podiatrist may prescribe orthotics for your particular foot problem after a comprehensive assessment, taking into account your own biomechanics, footwear, and occupational and lifestyle factors.
Types of orthotics
At PhysioActive our Podiatrist can prescribe many different types of orthotics depending on your needs and budget. These include:
- Pressure relief
Orthotics and sport
Sportspeople are often prescribed orthotics to help maximise their performance, alleviated pain and prevent from injury. Our Podiatrist can tailor make an orthotic for the special needs of a particular sport. Many patients have noted an improved performance, more stability and better comfort with wearing orthotics.