In-House Custom Orthotics
Orthotics are specially designed devices that are worn inside the shoe to control abnormal foot function and or accommodate painful areas of the foot. Professionally, custom designed foot orthotics will aid in the reduction of impaired foot function, by controlling abnormal motion across the joints of the foot. These devices will reduce foot pain.
Functional foot orthotics are made from various materials ranging from rigid materials, such as plastics and carbon-fibre composites to softer materials such as EVA. Orthotics have a variable lifespan, depending on the required activity. Additions such as top covers and extensions require routine replacement.
Certain patients may not tolerate rigid functional orthotics. Under these circumstances, the podiatrist will prescribe an orthotic made from softer materials with special accommodations for painful areas, such as corns and calluses. Many different materials can be utilized, such as rubber, cork, leather, and soft synthetic plastics.
Custom orthotics that are prescribed by the podiatrist are made for your feet. Over the counter orthotics are made to a standard mould and do not fit the contours of your feet. Over the counter orthotics may help the occasional patient with minor arch discomfort, but they frequently fail because they do not properly control foot function.
The consumer should beware of individuals with no or inadequate training. Unfortunately, orthotics can be as useful as what they are dangerous. Orthotics should be prescribed and fitted by a qualified Podiatrist.
Not all shoes will accommodate an orthotic. Shoes with a shallow heel counter (the rear part of the shoe that wraps around the heel) may pose to be difficult. There are orthotic friendly shoes constructed to accommodate orthotics which will have a removal foot bed to create space for a functional orthotic
There are many types of orthotics for various activities. Generally it is the most cost effective option to have an all purpose orthotic. This is not always possible as it is dependent on the activity and footwear.
Find out more by calling Gait Way Podiatry today! Phone: (07) 3385 0567.