How do I know if I need a foot orthotic? – If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet or lower limbs (including ankles, knees, hips and lower back), a thorough lower limb assessment from a Certified Pedorthist is recommended. Pedorthist are specially trained to identify the problem and recommend a course of treatment. A Pedorthist can confirm if a foot orthotic and/or proper footwear will assist you in recovery. Most commonly, orthotics are used to treat the following conditions/symptoms:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shin Splints
- Metatarsalgia (pain in the forefoot)
- Leg Length Discrepancies
- Sports Injuries
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Excessive pronation or supination
- Flat Feet / Fallen Arches
- Claw Toes or Hammer Toes
Foot Orthotics – Back to Basics
Our blog theme for the month of September is ‘Foot Orthotics – Back to Basics’, explaining the common questions we get asked about foot orthotics.
What is a foot orthotic? – A foot orthotic is a medical device that is placed into a shoe to help support, align, prevent or correct foot deformities or ailments. The goal of a foot orthotic is to reduce pain and unnecessary stresses and improve the overall performance of the foot and lower limbs. A ‘custom-made’ orthotic (different from ‘custom-fit’) is manufactured using a 3D mould of the individual’s feet to ensure the arch and specific qualities of the foot are properly accommodated. A foot orthotic can be used to successfully treat a number of painful foot ailments, including; heel, arch and forefoot pain, as well as complications related to conditions such as diabetes and arthritis.