How Does Foot Orthotics Work?

Sometimes called arch supports, foot orthotics are specialized shoe inserts designed to customize walking styles or prescribed by a Podiatrist. Custom orthotics may: Correct an abnormal gait or walking style. Reduce pain associated with arthritis. Provide additional support to the foot or ankles.

Custom orthotics can provide more precise placement (forward or backward) of the foot within the gait cycle. This helps prevent over-pronation or under-pronation, which contributes to pain in the lower extremities. They also reduce strain on the lower back and promote improved posture. Most foot orthotics will correct an imbalance in the pelvic positioning of men and women. An imbalanced pelvis is one of the causes of gait abnormalities and can contribute to pain in the lower extremities.

In some cases, foot orthotics may relieve pain by reducing inflammation and pressure on the inflamed tissues. Sometimes the foot orthotics will serve as a brace for the injured foot, holding it correctly. Foot splints are often used for people with severe foot pain and/or arthritis. Typically, the sling is custom-fitted to the patient and is held in place by elastic tape or a belt that helps maintain the splint in place around the foot.

Foot orthotics at may be specially made for individuals who have a complicated foot structure. These orthotics may include full upper body support, including the head and neck. They are used to help treat conditions such as hammertoes, calluses, corns, and callous. Some orthotic devices can even be worn while sleeping and will provide extra support when moving the foot. For athletes, specialized foot orthotics may improve performance and reduce the risk of injury.

Orthotic products from Orthotics Adelaide come in various styles and materials, and they are often specially made to treat a specific problem. For example, customized shoe inserts are an effective treatment method to help treat deformities related to excessive weight. The insert is placed in the shoe and will gradually move into place to treat problems related to uneven foot placement. Custom shoe orthoses may also be used to treat problems that involve joint insufficiency. This type of condition is commonly seen in senior citizens and those with diabetes.

Orthotic inserts at are also used to treat common foot deformities such as arches, corns, flat feet and overbite. When shoe inserts are correctly used, they will correct the foot deformities. For example, orthotic shoe inserts can also improve the effectiveness of supports for high arches or underdeveloped arch support.