What are orthotics?
An orthotic is a customised device that is inserted into your shoe and is used to address bony malalignment in order to support overloaded soft tissue structures. Through realigning the foot into it’s neutral position it can also have a beneficial effect on the posture of the knee, hip and lower back . They are often prescribed to treat acute injuries as well prevention of long term chronic conditions
How do orthotics work?
Orthotics work by controlling the ground reaction forces that are applied to the foot throughout weightbearing activities. Although it may seem unnatural to prevent the foot from functioning as it was designed we must take into account the fact the foot was not actually intended to walk on hard artificial surfaces like concrete. Our busy lifestyles and sporting endeavours also dramatically increasing the forces applied to our feet, forces an orthotic device helps to neutralise.
- condition treated
- footwear to be worn
- age of the client
- weight of the client
- flexibility of the foot
- sensitivity of the skin
- intended use of device i.e. sporting vs. general use
- client preference based on past experience
What does an orthotic device look like?
No one device can be used for all circumstances so they vary greatly in appearance based on factors discussed in previous question. All devices are customised to address your specific requirements.