What is the function of orthotics?
Orthotics can be used to optimise the alignment of the lower limb. This can be used to stabilise a joint to allow it to heal, or to facilitate ease of function. It can also be used to prevent or correct deformity in the lower limb, increasing efficiency.
What is a rigid orthotic?
Rigid orthotic devices are designed to control function and are used primarily for walking or dress shoes. They are often composed of a firm material, such as plastic or carbon fiber. Rigid orthotics are made from a mold after a podiatrist takes a plaster cast or other kind of image of the foot.
Are there different types of orthotics?
When you turn to us for custom orthotics there are two main types from which to choose: functional and accommodative. Functional orthotics are great if you are looking to improve how the foot moves. If you have been told that you pronate when you walk or run this is the kind of orthotics for you.
What is the main function of a rigid foot orthotic?
Rigid orthotics are chiefly designed to control motion in two major foot joints, which lie directly below the ankle joint. These devices are long lasting, do not change shape, and are usually difficult to break. Rigid Orthotics are generally: Designed to control joint function.
Can orthotics be harmful?
While custom orthotics have been a scientifically proven way to overcome pain and discomfort, OTC insoles are dangerous and can cause more harm than help to your body. Although many people do not realize their feet could be the cause of their knee, hip, or back pain, the feet are the foundation of the body.
How do I know what orthotics I need?
Different types of orthotics
Kiosk orthotics are based on a scan of your feet. A particular size or style of orthotics is recommended for you based on your foot scan and the type of foot problem you are experiencing. They may help with heel pain, lower back pain, general foot discomfort, or for a specific sport.
Is an orthotist a doctor?
An orthotist is a healthcare provider who makes and fits braces and splints (orthoses). These are made for people who need added support for certain body parts. These body parts have been weakened by injury, disease, or disorders of the nerves, muscles, or bones. An orthotist works under a doctor’s orders.
Can orthotics cause more problems?
Stress from orthotics can actually lead to weak ankles, feet or knees and cause additional foot pain. Furthermore, it’s difficult to get relief from orthotic inserts that weren’t made correctly. You may also suffer from sore muscles as your body attempts to adapt to the orthotics.
Do orthotics really work?
Orthotics are more than just a heel pad or shoe insert you can buy at most athletic stores. They’re highly customized shoe or heel inserts made for your feet. Your doctor will only recommend an orthotic if an off-the-shelf device or other treatments, such as exercises at home, haven’t proven effective.
Will I have to wear orthotics forever?
Yes you can absolutely stop wearing your orthotics and still be pain free. You will need to firstly be aware of what your foot posture is like without the orthotics. If you have been wearing orthotics for a substantial amount of time, it may take 3-6 months to eliminate wearing them completely.