What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics look just like insoles that you can buy to put into your shoes. However, these are not to be mistaken as the same ones you can buy at the store while doing your regular shopping. Custom orthotics must be prescribed by a Doctor and you get fitted for them based on your specific needs and your unique foot shape.
Some Signs That You Might Need Orthotics
There are several factors to look at, which if left untreated may lead to chronic pain or unnecessary wear and tear of your joints in the long term.
● Your feet ache all the time – especially after being active
● Your shoes tend to wear out unevenly
● You experience a lot of back pain
● Your feet are flat
● Your arches are very high
● You experience pain in your knees or heels
● You have hip pain
● Your legs feel tired and achy, frequently
● Your ankle rolls often, or very easily
How Does A Physiotherapist Fit You For Orthotics?
Before prescribing you with orthotics your physiotherapist will perform a series of tests, and ask you to walk back and forth several times so that they can take note of how your feet move; as well as your ankles and legs.
They will then take precise imprints of your feet to customise your orthotics to your specific needs. These imprints are turned into your custom orthotic and can be soft or rigid based on your needs.
What Are The Different Types of Orthotics?
These are best for shoes that you walk in a lot or dress shoes. Their main fuction is to help reduce aching feet and strain.
These are best when used for specific areas of concern such as plantar fasciitis. People with diabetic foot pain also benefit from this type of orthotic. The nature of these orthotics might require you to also get prescription footwear to go along with them.
Conditions Helped By Custom Orthotics
● Plantar Fasciitis
● Bunion/ Hammer toes
● Ankle Sprains
● Achilles Tendinosis
● Shin Splints
● Patellofemoral Syndrome
● Knee Osteoarthritis
● Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome
● Sacroiliac Syndrome
● Lower Back Pain
Do Orthotics Work?
When used properly and consistently, our patients report many positive changes to their health and well-being thanks to custom orthotics. The obvious improvements are with their feet specifically, but they also notice that the aches and pains in places like their hips and back also ease as better foot posture brings ease and balance to the bone structure. People even note that their posture improves and that they are able to participate in many more physical activities that pain used to keep them away from.
If you have any concerns about your feet or how your foot posture may be affecting the rest of your body, give us a call. Our Physiotherapists are here to help you find the right solution to reduce your pain!
* Please be aware that information on this web site is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding an injury or medical condition.