What is orthotics for the feet?
Orthotics or foot orthoses are usually called shoe inserts designed to aid in alignment, support, or enhance the performance of the lower leg and the foot. There are a variety of orthoses available, including custom, semi-custom, and made-to-order (Off the Shelf) devices.
Your podiatrist will provide specific recommendations for you after they’ve conducted an extensive examination, considering your unique biomechanics, shoes, occupation and lifestyle.
After determining the need for orthotics, we will take an image of your foot to see if they fit you. Our lab makes 3D orthotics printed on paper lighter than conventional polypropylene models, with the same flexibility and a higher rebound rate.
They are seldom considered a stand-alone treatment. They have generally prescribed as part of some or all of these: shoe recommendations, stretching or strengthening workouts, and physical therapies like Foot Mobilization Therapy or Dry Needling.
There isn’t a need for every lower or foot injury that needs orthotics, but when needed, they can be an efficient treatment option that can reduce the excessive load and stress on the injured area. Not only will this help reduce the current injury, but it could also stop future recurrence.