Foot orthotics are shoe inserts designed to support, align or improve the function of the foot. Orthotics can provide cushioning, padding underfoot with shock absorption & pressure relief. They can be customised to fit comfortably inside your shoes. You may have heard the term ‘flat feet’ or ‘fallen arches’ which are common conditions where orthotics can alleviate pain and prevent further problems. However this is only the tip of the iceberg in how Orthotics are used.
There are many different types of orthotics. The orthotics recommended by our Podiatrist include:
- Prescription Orthotics, custom-made with a laser scanned 3D image of your individual feet
- Pre-made ‘off the shelf’ Orthotics
- Medical Non-Cast Orthotics which can be customised further by your podiatrist
Do You Need Orthotics?
People of all ages with a variety of foot, lower leg or back problems wear orthotics. Your feet are the roots of your tree and support your entire body. If you are experiencing back pain for example, this may be due to your foot function not supporting your back. Orthotics help by re-aligning your feet to support your whole body from the ground up.
Sports people are often prescribed orthotics by their podiatrist to help maximize their performance, as well as to address biomechanical problems and treat and prevent injuries.
If you suffer from a chronic foot or lower limb conditions such as Diabetes or Arthritis that may be limiting your mobility or independence you may also benefit from wearing orthotics.
Will Orthotics Help Me?
Your podiatrist may prescribe orthotics for your particular foot problem after a comprehensive assessment, taking into account your own biomechanics, footwear and occupational and lifestyle factors.
Orthotics provide valuable long-term solutions in the treatment and prevention of corns, callus‘ and ulceration by redistributing the pressure of the body weight on the feet.
Orthotics can also help rehabilitation of acute and chronic foot conditions such as heel pain, tendonitis, recurrent ankle sprains and stress fractures by providing consistent postural control.
A Personalised Approach…
If orthotics are recommended, our Podiatrist will design a care plan. This plan will outline your diagnosis, the type of orthotics you have been prescribed, proposed footwear to wear with your orthotics, lifestyle changes you may need to make and any additional treatment that you may require.
Follow up visits with your custom made Orthotics at Ulladulla Podiatry are free to ensure your orthotics are doing their job.
Podiatrists deal not only with diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot and lower leg but also prevention and rehabilitation. When prescribing custom orthotics, we provide a comprehensive service to ensure safe and effective foot care, including:
- A full clinical assessment of your foot problem prior to prescription
- Prescription of Orthotics tailored to your individual needs
- Provision of any additional treatment required
- Advice regarding exercises, footwear and training methods where relevant
- FREE Follow up appointments
Follow up appointments for fine-tuning or correction of any problems experienced when wearing your Custom made prescription orthotics is also included free at Ulladulla Podiatry.
Contact us to arrange an appointment for bio-mechanical assessment or footwear orthotic advice.