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WHAT ARE ORTHOTICS AND DO YOU REALLY NEED THEM?

11 July, 2017

People often speculate about just how beneficial foot orthotics actually are. Do they really work, or are they an unnecessary expense?

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Here, we look at what orthotics are and how they can help people with a number of foot and ankle related issues.

 

What are Foot Orthotics?

Orthotics, sometimes referred to as orthoses, are shoe inserts that are designed to support, align or improve the function of the foot. When used correctly, they will fit comfortably inside your shoes and can help relieve any foot-related pain, while also providing extra cushioning and support for your feet as you go about your daily activities.

 

Who Needs to Wear Foot Orthotics?

There’s a common misconception that only a set type of person wears orthotics, however, the reality is that people of all ages with all types of feet can wear orthotics.

 

Most of the time, orthotics are worn by people with a variety of foot and lower leg problems. They might have particularly flat feet, arch issues or even bunions. Orthotics are also beneficial to people who find they wear one side of their shoes out quicker than the other, as orthotics can help stop their feet from rolling in too far, while also protecting their arches as a step is taken.

 

Orthotics are often recommended to people who suffer from chronic foot or lower limb conditions, as they can significantly reduce pain and discomfort levels. Athletes who want to maximise their performance, while also addressing biomechanical issues and trying to reduce wear and tear, also commonly use them.

 

The Benefits of Orthotics

Orthotics provide valuable, long-term solutions in the prevention of:

 

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Ulceration

 

This is because they help redistribute the pressure of your body’s weight on your feet. They can also assist with rehabilitation in people who suffer from chronic foot conditions, such as:

 

  • Tendonitis
  • Recurrent ankle sprains
  • Stress fractures

 

They do this by providing consistent postural control.

 

What Types of Orthotics are Available?

Before prescribing orthotics, your Perth podiatrist will undertake a comprehensive assessment of your feet and lower legs, taking into consideration things like your biomechanics, footwear and any occupational or lifestyle factors that can impact on the health of your feet.

 

As well as prescribing orthotics, your podiatrist will provide you with a diagnosis and provide suggestions on appropriate footwear that can be worn with your orthotics.

 

But, what types of orthotics are available?

 

You can get:

 

  • Cushioning orthotics – provides shock absorption while walking
  • Pressure relief orthotics – offers relief by redistributing pressure
  • Moulded cast or non-cast orthotics – provides pain relief to people with chronic foot issues
  • Functional foot orthotics – offers all of the above features, plus postural realignment

 

Before selecting which type of orthotic is right for you, always consult your podiatrist first.

 

If you’re experiencing any foot or lower leg pain, talk to your podiatrist in Cannington about possible treatment methods, and whether orthotics will help relieve your pain and discomfort.

  • Contact:
  • Colin Griffin
  • (Grad Dip. Dip AppSc (Pod) M.A. Pod A.)
  • Address:
  • Suite 6/7-9 Pattie Street
  • Cannington
  • Western Australia 6107
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