Foot orthotics are specialised shoe inserts designed to support the natural shape of the foot, align the ankle and improve posture and overall foot function. Orthotics are suitable for people of all ages (infants to the elderly) with a variety of foot or lower limb problems. Its important to speak to a qualified professional to determine if orthotics are needed in your case or not and which particular type.
Orthotics can provide relief for acute and chronic pain in your feet and lower limbs and can also assist with joint and muscle imbalances.Here are some common conditions treated with orthotics (orthoses):
High arched feet
Leg length differences
Lower back pain
Pronation (“rolling in” feet)
In-toe walking (“pigeon-toed”)
Here at Riverside Podiatry we have 2 main types of orthotics – specialised-prefabricated or custom-made orthotics. The type of orthotic issued by your podiatrist is depending on the individual’s symptoms, age, weight, activity level, biomechanics and foot type.
Some of the benefits that can be achieved through orthoses are below:
Support your feet and legs to improve balance, muscle function and sporting performance
Improve posture and weight distribution
Correct the alignment of joints and muscles throughout the feet and lower limbs
Improve chronic and acute injuries
Improve shock absorption
Help your child’s foot grow in a more anatomically aligned position and help reach their developmental milestones
Reduces lower back pain
Eliminate leg length differences.
The prefabricated orthotic can be heat moulded around your foot and additions can be easily added onto the device; these can be moulded and issued on the same day. The custom orthotics require a cast to be taken of your foot. Once the orthotics are made, they will be fitted into your shoes.