What are foot orthoses (orthotics)?
Foot orthoses or orthotics are shoe inserts also known as arch supports. They are individually prescribed and designed to support, align or assist in the foot and lower limb function during walking and running.
Why you may need to wear orthoses?
Our orthotic devices are ideal for children who experience reoccurring leg or foot pain (growing pain), or those who are constantly tripping and falling (clumsy gait). We frequently help children with walking and running difficulties such as those with pronated (flat) feet, those that are in-toed (pigeon toed) or out-toed (duck feet). Uneven footwear may also require intervention with extra support.
Athletes and people participating in sport are often prescribed stretching and strengthening exercises, specific footwear and amongst other aids, orthotics to help maximise their performance and minimize risk of injury by addressing mechanical problems.
Orthoses are also prescribed for the ageing or the elderly who develop aches and pains when they walk. These issues could range from back, hip, knee, ankle or foot pain as a result of arthritis and wear and tear as well as increasing foot pressure resulting in callus and corns.
What are the different types of orthoses at Eastwood Podiatry Clinic?
Cushioning/soft orthoses – these devices are designed to cushion and pad the underfoot with shock absorption during walking or running.
Pressure relief orthoses – these devices integrate cushioning as well as additional relief by redistributing pressure from the prominent problem areas of the foot.
Custom moulded – devices that require a superior fit and control for a more accurate realignment for a long term solution.
Over the counter/prefabricated orthoses – these are possible medium term alternatives for support but are not specific for the individual feet.
Are your orthotics still working?
Many of our patients have pre-fabricated or custom made orthotic devices (shoe inserts). In order for your orthotics to work correctly for you and your feet, it is suggested that you consult our podiatrists for regular reviews:
- annually for prefabricated devices (off the shelf devices)
- every 3-4 years for adult every day custom made orthoses (wear may vary is devices are wet regularly)