Orthotics are devices inserted into shoes designed to restore natural foot function. They are also referred to as shoe inserts, orthotic insoles or orthoses. They can be used to temporarily cushion painful foot conditions, and to prevent or treat different bio-mechanical foot problems. For example, you can insert them into your shoes to correct an abnormal walking pattern. They are designed to change the angle at which your foot contacts the ground so that your body can be in alignment.
Orthotics can help an individual solve a lot of problems affecting the feet, ankles and knees. They are frequently used to treat issues including arch and heel pain, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, shin splints, diabetic foot problems, heel pain, corns, calluses, bunions, hammertoes, heel spurs and other common conditions. They also help to ease knee pain such as chondromalacia patellae, iliotibial (IT) band syndrome and runner’s knee.
They are recommended for those who stand for long periods of time or walk long distances. They are also good for those who overpronate.
Orthotic shoe inserts
Pre-made orthotics are available from us over the counter. They are soft, semi-flexible and are made according to men’s and women’s foot sizes. They are sometimes used by athletes such as runners because they are more resilient than the manufacturer-provided insoles, and less likely to cause blisters. They are also popular among people who need to add cushioning or arch support to their shoes.
Custom made orthotics
These are made for individual patients as prescribed by us. They are made from rigid materials and are not available over the counter. These personalised orthotics are produced from casts or scans of the feet. They are specific to the measurements of your foot, legs, limb assessment and the medical condition to be corrected.
Custom orthotics can last as several years. However, you need to change them if you outgrow them or if you have any problem of the feet that renders them obsolete, such as trauma or arthritis.
Talk to us to see if Orthotics can be of benefit to you.