Experience the benefits of customized orthotics tailored to your individual needs and activities. Get the support you need and make everyday life easier while you remain healthy and active.
WHAT IS ORTHOTICS?
Orthotics are devices designed to support, align, or improve the function of a body part, typically the feet, ankles, legs, or back. Orthotics can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including foot pain, plantar fasciitis, flat feet, high arches, bunions, ankle sprains, and knee, hip or back pain.
Orthotics can be custom-made to fit the specific needs of the individual, or they can be purchased off-the-shelf. Custom orthotics are typically prescribed by a healthcare professional, such as a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon, and are designed to address the specific needs of the individual. They may be made of a variety of materials, including foam, plastic, or carbon fiber.
Off-the-shelf orthotics, also known as prefabricated orthotics, are available without a prescription and can be purchased at a pharmacy or sporting goods store. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are designed to provide general support and comfort.
Orthotics can be worn inside the shoes and are designed to modify the alignment or function of the feet or legs. They may help to improve foot or leg function, reduce pain, and prevent injuries. It is important to work with a healthcare professional to determine whether orthotics is appropriate for your specific needs and to ensure that they are properly fitted and adjusted.
WHAT CONDITION CAN BE TREATED BY ORTHOTICS?
Orthotics can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including:
- Plantar fasciitis: a common condition that causes pain in the heel and bottom of the foot.
- Flat feet: a condition in which the arches of the feet are lower than normal.
- High arches: a condition in which the arches of the feet are higher than normal.
- Bunions: a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe.
- Overpronation: a condition in which the feet roll inward too much when walking or running.
- Supination: a condition in which the feet roll outward too much when walking or running.
- Achilles tendonitis: an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone.
- Shin splints: a common condition that causes pain in the lower leg.
- Knee pain: Orthotics can help to improve the alignment of the feet and legs, which can reduce stress on the knees.
- Hip and lower back pain: Orthotics can help to improve the alignment of the feet and legs, which can reduce stress on the hips and lower back.
It is important to talk to our certified healthcare professional at Glenridding Physio to determine whether orthotics is appropriate for your specific needs and to ensure that they are properly fitted and adjusted.