An Orthotic is an insole or support designed to support the foot in a better biomechanical position.
They can be hard to fit into footwear, especially the variety of ladies footwear, and they can limit your choice of shoes. Many of our clients see us because wearing orthotics is not working and they want to get rid of them.
Orthotics are much like glasses for your eyes. When you wear your glasses, you can see better when you are wearing them, but it doesn’t correct the cause of your problem. Orthotics are very similar. While you are wearing orthotics, your foot feels better, but the cause of your foot problem is not being fixed – the imbalance of the foot structure. When you are not wearing your orthotics, your foot goes back to the broken down structure.
In some cases when you wear glasses, your eyes don’t have to work as hard, and over time, you may need stronger glasses. This can also happen to your orthotic prescription. When you wear orthotics, the body is given support. That is, both the joints and the surrounding muscles are held up by a device improving function. Essentially, orthotics take away the normal functioning of the joints and muscles. While some medical experts say that this strengthens the muscles, others suggest it weakens the muscle and joints. You may find over time, the orthotic device control level must be increased, suggesting that weakening of the muscles and bio-mechanical deterioration in function has occurred.
At the Foot & Leg Centre, we correct the underlying cause of your foot problems through Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) and Corrective exercises. This corrects any imbalances in your foot, so that your body doesn’t need to rely on an outside source to hold it in place.
There are times in our treatment at The Foot & Leg Centre where orthotics are recommended. Some conditions are not appropriate to treat with FMT and corrective exercises. These include:
- The joint is extremely mobile and stability is needed. Instead of Joint Mobilisation Therapy, stabilisation is required.
- The bones are fused together and no amount of joint mobilisation will help.
- The difference between the length of the client’s legs is excessive.
- The client is not able to carry out the recommended corrective treatment plan that is required.
In these situations, we will prescribe cost effective prefabricated orthotic insoles or where needed design and manufacture in-house customised orthoses, made from state of the art materials, which are comfortable and easy to wear.
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