What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts designed to support, correct, modify and improve the structure and function of the feet, ankles, and lower limbs. Orthotics can be prescribed to address various foot conditions, improve biomechanics, and alleviate pain or discomfort.
Orthotic devices can provide additional support, redistribute pressure, correct alignment, and stabilise the feet and lower limbs during sports and other physical activities. They can help improve foot function, reduce pain, and prevent or manage various foot and lower limb conditions. However, it’s essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional, such as a podiatrist, to determine the most suitable type of orthotics for an individual’s specific needs.
What are some of the key benefits of custom foot orthotics?
Improved Foot Function: Custom foot orthotics are designed to improve the way your foot functions. They can help with issues such as overpronation (when the foot rolls inward too much) or supination (when the foot rolls outward too much). By providing the necessary support and correcting these issues, custom foot orthotics can help to alleviate pain and discomfort, and improve overall foot function.
Reduced Pain: Custom foot orthotics can help to reduce pain in the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. They do this by providing support to the foot, which can help to reduce pressure on certain areas of the foot and distribute weight more evenly. This can help to reduce pain in the joints and muscles that are affected by poor foot function.
Improved Balance and Stability: Custom foot orthotics can also help to improve balance and stability. By providing support to the foot, they can help to improve the alignment of the foot and reduce the risk of falls and injuries. This is particularly important for athletes and older adults who may be more prone to falls.
Customised Fit: Custom foot orthotics are designed to fit your individual foot shape. This means that they provide the best possible fit and support, and are much more effective than off-the-shelf inserts that are designed to fit a generic foot shape.
What podiatry conditions can Orthotics be used to treat?
- Plantar fasciitis: Inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that supports the arch of the foot.
- Flat feet or high arches: Abnormal foot arch structures can lead to imbalances and pain.
- Overpronation or oversupination: Excessive inward or outward rolling of the foot during walking or running.
- Bunions and hammertoes: Deformities of the toes that can cause discomfort and affect foot alignment.
- Achilles tendonitis: Inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone.
- Shin splints: Pain and inflammation along the shin bone due to overuse or biomechanical issues.
If you are experiencing foot issues, or are an athlete looking to improve your performance, custom foot orthotics may be a great option for you. At Your Podiatry People, we offer one-off orthotics as well as orthotic recalls (annual orthotic fittings).