Foot Orthotics... Your Questions Answered.
Conditions such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, knee pain, bunions, corns, calluses and a host of other foot problems, leg, knee and postural complaints have all been known to improve with the use of orthotic appliances.
So, why are foot orthotic appliances used for so many different conditions?
An arch support will simply support the arch. A functional orthotic appliance uses specific modifications to apply specific forces to different parts of the foot in an effort to alleviate pain and/or improve postural control.
When damaging forces on the foot and leg begin to cause pain, many overuse problems may start to occur. These symptoms of overuse can include pain or discomfort in the feet or legs. Sometimes symptoms will occur in the hip and the lower back or spine.
Foot orthotics can help to control these damaging forces and prevent many of these symptoms.
How long must you wear orthotics?
As you get older foot posture can improve with continual wear of your orthotics. Orthotics should be checked for accuracy and excessive 'wear and tear' every six to twelve months.
What type of orthotic should I wear?
The choice of material will depend on your foot type, your initial problem, your footwear, your level of activity and the forces require to achieve the desired outcome with the orthotic appliance.
How long do orthotics last?
At what age should you commence using foot orthotics?
Orthotics are often used as treatment option when a child's foot posture is not within its normal range. This intervention frequently helps to eliminate common childhood foot and leg problems including growing pains, aching feet and legs and poor co-ordination.
What is the difference between foot orthotics, insoles and arch supports?
True foot orthotics are prescription devices which are prescribed to apply specific forces which ultimately aim to decrease any pathological or postural imbalances. Prescription orthoses are specific to your particular complaint, foot and body type.
WARNING : This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist, your Doctor or your foot specialist.
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