What is an orthotic?
Orthotic Devices are specialised shoe inserts which help to realign your foot and body posture. Orthotics help to offload stress and prevent injury.
Why do I need an orthotic?
Think of your feet in a similar way to the foundation of your home, everything above the foundation is dependant upon it and your feet are no different.
If your foot is misaligned, or there is increased stress and force placed upon them (due to sport or prolonged standing and walking) this increases the demands on our feet and can cause injury or wear and tear.
Some people may need orthoses for problems caused by low or high arched feet, others may need assistance due to injuries or more serious conditions such as diabetes or arthritis.
Our health care practitioner will determine if you require orthoses, and this will largely depend upon your symptoms. These symptoms may present in the feet themselves, further up the body into the knees, hips, or even the back.
What specific conditions may be helped?
- Foot Pain (arteritis, post injury)
- Arch or Heel Pain (plantar fasciitis)
- Leg (shin splints) and knee pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Bunions or Toe Deformities
- Calluses or Corns
How are orthotics made?
How orthotics are made will depend on what type of device your practitioner thinks is best for you. Any orthotics prescribed for you will require a detailed assessment. This may include taking a 3D model of your foot using a foam box. Details obtained from your consultation are transferred onto a prescription and sent onto the orthotic manufacturer. These will take around 5 working days to be made and returned for fitting by your practitioner. Payment is not taking until the customer has been fitted and is happy with their orthotic.
What do I do next?
Speak to our health care professional to see whether prescription orthoses might be of benefit to you in correcting your foot imbalance and alleviating your symptoms.