What Are Orthotics And Why Do We Need Them?

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are a medical device which aims to reduce pain and increase function. Orthotics are put into most of your
shoes to aid in
the overall management of many foot, ankle and lower leg conditions. 

How do they work?

Orthotics aim to reduce pain through altering the load within soft tissue and therefore decreasing the stress
on injured structures. 

Orthotics can also be used to align the foot and lower limb to improve the efficiency of walking and running.

Foot conditions treated with orthotics:

  • Corns and calluses
  • Tendonitis
  • Recurrent ankle sprains
  • Recurrent stress fractures of the foot and lower limb
  • Heel pain
  • Knee pain
  • Particular hip pain

Do I need orthotics?

It is always hard to determine if orthotics are going to be of benefit for you, especially when there are a
lot of different options available! It is always recommended that you speak to a professional who will
assess you fully. 

If I have orthotics, how often should they be checked?

This is depending on different factors. These factors include age, type of orthotic and how often you use them.
As a universal rule, orthotics are to be checked every 6-12 months to ensure they are fitting their purpose. 

Are orthotics safe for children to wear?

Depending on the child’s presenting complaint, the Podiatrist will be able to assess the need for an orthotic.
As children have flexible gowing feet, it is important that the orthotic is also flexible and is avoiding any
restriction of movement. 

If you have any concerns regarding a foot concern give us a call on 9553 0044 or book online here.
 Your Podiatrist will be able to give you the best advice to ensure you give your feet the very best care they deserve.

Foot Podiatry that keeps you grounded!

Written by Georgia Miltiadou – Podiatrist at Foot Centre Group

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