Orthotics are foot insoles (a type of arch support)
which are worn inside everyday shoes and are able to be transferred
from shoe to shoe. Orthotics enable the feet to be held in a more
stable position during walking and standing which helps control
poor foot function by allowing only certain movements to take place
at specific times.
Orthotics can either be custom made to an exact prescription or purchased over the counter in standard sizes and postings.
feet will enable you to walk more efficiently and your feet, ankles,
knees, hips and back will be under less strain.
Poor foot function often causes pain and deformity in the foot and ankle but it can also cause pain in the knees, hips and back. Poor foot function can also be associated with neck stiffness, muscle fatigue and cramp.
Sporting activities, such as running or golf, place an even greater strain on poorly functioning feet. Wearing orthotics can often help improve foot function, decrease pain and slow deterioration.
are Orthotics made?
Custom made orthotics normally have a rigid plastic shell with a cushioning top cover. The shell usually lasts for years but the top cover might need periodic replacement.
Custom made orthotics are normally very comfortable and do not feel hard in shoes.
Ready-made insoles versus custom orthotics
Ready-made over the counter orthotics and insoles may be able to help with minor foot discomfort but might not accurately control poor foot function to the level a custom orthotic would. However they are an extremely useful temporary fix and are good for those people who want to spend the absolute minimum. See here for information on ready made orthotics
Who needs orthotics?
- Do you have foot, ankle, knee, hip or back pain?
- Do you have corns or calluses?
- Do you have bunions?
Orthotics may be able to help you
You already have orthotics?
Examples of orthotics,
- Are they comfortable?
- Do they relieve your symptoms?
- Do they fit in your shoes?
- If not then you might need to have your feet scanned and new custom orthotics made
topcovers and additions
Orthotic with rigid plastic shell and 3/4 length top cover
Full length topcover for extra cushioning
Orthotic incorporating an arch fill
Orthotic incorporating a heel raise
Orthotic incorporating a heel spur pad
Orthotic incorporating an extrinsic rearfoot post