What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are custom-made or over-the-counter shoe inserts designed to support and improve the functioning of the feet, ankles, and legs. They play a crucial role in providing relief from various foot-related problems by redistributing pressure, aligning the foot and ankle, and providing additional cushioning. Orthotics are used to treat a range of conditions like flat feet, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and arthritis. They can also help with issues in other parts of the body, such as the knees, hips, and back, which can be affected by foot alignment.

What are signs & symptoms indicating the need of Orthotics?

The use of orthotics may be beneficial if you experience:

  • Chronic foot, heel, or arch pain
  • Pain in the knee, hip, or lower back
  • Abnormal walking patterns, such as excessive pronation or supination
  • Frequent ankle sprains or instability
  • Uneven shoe wear
  • Conditions like flat feet, high arches, plantar fasciitis, or diabetes-related foot problems

These symptoms suggest that your feet may not be properly aligned or adequately supported.

What are some treatments and uses for Orthotics?

Orthotics can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan:

  • Custom orthotics tailored to the individual’s foot structure & condition
  • Over-the-counter orthotics for more general foot support needs
  • Specialty orthotics designed for specific activities or sports
  • Inserts to improve balance and reduce the risk of falls in the elderly
  • Orthotics to accommodate and alleviate pressure from foot deformities

It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider or podiatrist for an evaluation and recommendation on the most suitable type of orthotic. Properly fitted orthotics can significantly improve foot function, comfort, and overall quality of life.