Foot orthoses are referred to by many names such as arch supports, shoe inserts, and orthotics. Commonly, foot orthoses are prescribed for issues relating to heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, pronation or supernation (excessive rotation), ankle-foot alignment, post foot and ankle surgery, bony prominences, and metatarsalgia.
Our podiatrists are well trained in the provision and manufacturing of orthoses. Orthotics may be functional orthoses or accommodative orthoses. Functional orthoses are prescribed after a thorough biomechanical assessment and casting of the feet. Accommodative orthoses are specifically designed to reduce pressure from painful or ulcerated areas of the foot.
The aim of these orthoses is to relieve pathological (abnormal) forces acting on structural tissue such as bone and tendon to relieve patient symptoms and improve mechanical efficiency. Their function is to serve one or a combination of the following,
Improve overall biomechanical alignment of foot and leg
Accommodate foot deformity
Reduce symptoms associated with foot related pathologies
Orthoses are custom-made shoe inserts made specifically to reduce foot or lower limb problems. The prescription and manufacture of orthoses is an important part of podiatric practice. The overall shape, material, feel and function of your orthoses will be dependent on your individual needs.
ProPodiatry Clinic has extensive experience in the provision and manufacturing of orthoses, providing orthoses for post and pre-operative foot and ankle surgery, and abnormal foot and lower limb mechanics.