What are Orthotics?
Orthotics, as we refer to them, are insoles made specifically for you. These should be custom made by an appropriately qualified podiatrist, and designed to enhance the motion of your foot and body. Orthotics can be made from a range of materials and are shaped to improve the way your foot moves and interacts with your body.
How do they work?
Orthotics work by modifying the forces between your foot and the ground. If your foot already has a good interaction with the ground, then you may not need an orthotic. But if your foot does have an inadequate interaction with the ground then orthotics will be beneficial for you. An orthotic is designed to enhance the motion of your foot.
Orthotics are not a life sentence!. The exact reason why you need an orthotic in the first place and the severity of your initial injury will dictate how long you will need to wear the orthotics for. Wherever possible there will be a plan in place to remove the orthotic and allow your improved foot function to continue.
Do I need an Orthotic?
Not everyone needs to be wearing orthotics. However if bad and abnormal forces are beyond your bodies’ current capacity to tolerate them then an orthotic may be of benefit. Tissue has a particular capacity to tolerate stress, a certain amount of stress is essential for positive adaptation however if placed beyond this level for an extended period of time or if done repeatedly some parts may begin to let you down.
If you are not sure about the need for an orthotic, give us a call and one of our orthotics specialists can talk through this process with you. We have a wide range of orthotics options. We can prescribe prefabricated, custom and 3D orthotics.
What conditions are they proven to help with?
- Heel pain and spurs
- Arch soreness
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Flat feet (excessive foot pronation)
- High arched feet (excessive foot supination)
- Sore shins (shin splints)
- Aching feet
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Achilles Tendinopathy