Types of Foot Orthotics

Foot orthotics, also known as foot supports or foot braces, are medical devices specially made to distribute body weight. They are most commonly used by those with flat feet or high arches. NASA popularized the use of foot orthotics. Foot orthotics sometimes referred to as posturopathy braces, have come a long way since then. Today they are the simplest and most affordable solution to many foot problems.

Foot orthotics are primarily shoe inserts that are custom-designed to either prescribed measurements or purchased “off the shelf.” Custom orthotics may: Correct an abnormally gait or walking style. Reduce pain associated with arthritis. Or improve balance and stability.

A simple method for fitting orthotics at The-SA-Podiatry-Clinic is to put one’s feet into cast form. Your doctor or podiatrist will design and make the cast. The cast is then sent to a reputable orthotic manufacturing company and is prepared according to your specific measurements. The finished casting is then returned to the doctor or podiatrist for their signature. This ensures that your orthotics properly fit and are properly aligned.

Many individuals find orthotic inserts an effective treatment method for common and more uncommon foot complaints. Custom orthotics at Orthotics Adelaide have many additional health benefits. They correct problems with posture, gait, foot structure, and anatomy. They reduce pain associated with arthritis and other arthritic conditions. They improve balance and stability. Foot orthotics provide a level of comfort that even many regular shoes cannot offer.

There are several differences between custom orthotics and over-the-counter versions. First, an individual who suffers from one particular foot complaint such as flat-footed, high-arched, over-the-counter or lace-up need not suffer from orthotic concerns when using over-the-counter devices. These devices are not designed to address any specific complaint that a foot orthosis may have. Also, an individual seeking orthotic relief should first consult a podiatrist to determine which orthosis will be the most effective treatment. Once a diagnosis has been made, patients can then choose between prescription foot orthotics or custom orthotics. Typically, those seeking orthotic help will also be seeking support for their lower extremities due to weakness, soreness, and arthritis.

When choosing which orthotic at The-SA-Podiatry-Clinic to use, it’s important to remember three significant categories of foot orthotics – the arch, the bridge, and the cavity. Arch orthotics are designed to raise the foot’s arch, which relieves pressure on the lower extremities, including the ankle, toes, and legs. Generally, people with flat feet tend to require more arch support. On the other hand, those suffering from high arches usually require more cavity support. Custom orthoses are specifically designed for each patient, as each patient’s anatomy is different. To get started in finding the right orthotic solution, consulting a podiatrist is highly recommended.