Flat Feet/Pes Planus
High Arch/Pas Cavus
Pronation – Turning foot inward
Supination - Turning foot outward
Neck and Shoulder pain
Orthotics (commonly termed arch supports) are inserts put in the shoe to re-align the foot, taking pressure off certain areas of the foot or to increase comfort. Used in combination with suitable shoes, a foot orthotic can be beneficial in treating a variety of foot and lower limb issues including heel, arch and forefoot pain, shin splints, as well as discomfort and problems associated with health disorders like diabetes and arthritis.
Orthotics are designed and molded to fit your feet, making them more efficient than over the counter supports. Orthotics alter the angle at which your feet hit the ground, correcting abnormal walking patterns and better aligning the whole body. Orthotics solve a number of bio-mechanical issues in your feet and legs, and can even help to relive pelvis, hip and spinal pain.
Most people adjust to wearing orthotics very quickly. You should adapt to orthtotics by wearing them for a little bit longer each day until you are fully comfortable. You should wear and use your orthotics on a daily basis, and especially during any activities that usually aggravate your condition.
Functional orthoses are prescribed after a biomechanical assessment and a plaster casting (taking a mould) of the foot. They are made at a laboratory from your podiatrist’s prescription to align the structure of the foot in its most functionally efficient position. The orthotic, moulded from the cast, is designed to stabilize the foot and to prevent it from moving into an unbalanced position while walking or running. Prescription orthotics are usually made of a long lasting material with a shock absorbing covering. Devices last for years and can be modified at any time.