Orthotics sit under your feet. They are prescribed after a biomechanical assessment by a podiatrist and are used to improve foot function and support the foot as a stable foundation for the body.
Bay Podiatry uses two types of orthotics:
Customised Foot Orthotics
Customised Orthotics are prefabricated and held in stock at the clinics. They are matched to your foot size and your footwear. The orthotic is then customised to achieve the therapeutic effect the Podiatrist has identified as necessary.
Prescription Custom Foot Orthotics
Prescription Custom Foot Orthotics are custom made from and plaster cast of your foot.Foot Mechanics uses a digital lab to manufacture all prescription custom foot orthotics. This method captures you actual foot shape, maximising comfort and functionality.
Many factors are considered prior to prescribing orthotics including:
- Site of injury or problem
- Type of injury or problem.
- Degree of correction needed
- Type of activity
- Body Weight
Orthotics vs “arch supports”
Arch supports pack the area under the arch, which can feel comfortable in the short term. However, long term use of arch supports will weaken the arch of the foot and can lead to other biomechanical problems in the feet, ankles, knees, hips or lower back.
Orthotics do not directly support the arch but rather improve the overall foot function enabling the body’s own support mechanisms to function efficiently. This leads to stronger, healthier feet and in most cases relief of symptoms.