What is an Orthotic Device and how can it help?
Orthotics act a lot like eyeglasses, they are precisely calibrated devices designed to correct any areas of poor function within the foot and optimise the performance of your body. Like eyeglasses your prescription must be based on an accurate diagnosis of any pathology and an assessment of how your body functions.
Orthotics are used for:
Orthotic devices can:
There are many conditions which can be treated successfully with orthotics including pain within the foot, and pain in the joints and muscles of the legs. Often (though not always) back pain has its root in the position of the pelvis and that is affected by the way we walk.
Some of the conditions which orthotics can benefit include:-
Orthotics reposition the foot structure to achieve optimum skeletal balance, thereby reducing the stress on the joints that are causing the discomfort. They do this by controlling joint movement, and by altering some angles to prevent excessive motion.
There are many different types of orthotics. The type that is used depends on the activity in which the patient is involved, the shoes they want to wear, and the underlying foot problem.
We do not use the "one size fits all" off the shelf devices that many prescribe. Like the reading glasses you may see in the chemist or supermarket these are at best crude devices which may not suit your feet, shoes, or function. Sometimes they can even make matters worse.