Orthotics

Orthotics

Article by John Miller

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are orthopaedic devices used to alter or modify foot function and are designed to treat, adjust, and support various biomechanical foot disorders. Some orthotics are simple, commercially-made devices, such as cushioned heel cups or insoles for shoes. These are available off-the-shelf from PhysioWorks clinics.

However, the most effective orthotics are custom-made devices that are crafted to meet the specific needs of a particular individual. Custom orthotics are created using an impression of the foot called a cast, which duplicates any misalignments in foot structure. Using the cast and computer technology, technicians in an orthotic laboratory design a device that balances out deformities and corrects misalignments.

The finished orthotic is placed in your shoe to support the foot and eliminate abnormal foot biomechanics by keeping the foot properly aligned. Depending on the patient’s needs, the orthotic may have padding to cushion the foot and make it more comfortable. Custom-made orthotics are available through your local Podiatrist.

If you would like a professional recommendation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with PhysioWorks.



Common Treatments For Foot Pain

With accurate assessment and early treatment, most foot pain responds extremely quickly to physiotherapy allowing you to quickly resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living. Please ask your physiotherapist for their professional treatment advice.

Acute Treatment

Subacute Treatment Options

Other Treatment Options

Balance Improvement