Unlocking the Benefits of Custom Orthotics: Your Path to Pain-Free Feet in Miranda
What makes orthotics so worthwhile?
Are you wondering if custom orthotics are truly worth the investment? Are they different from the orthotics you find in your local pharmacy shelves? At Foot HQ Podiatry, we're here to demystify custom orthotics and showcase why they're a valuable investment in your foot health but also why they may not be for everyone.
What Are Custom Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are tailor-made shoe inserts created from a 3D impression of your feet. These orthotics are designed exclusively for you, addressing your specific foot posture, providing support, and correcting any foot pathologies you may be experiencing.
Many foot injuries and conditions stem from abnormal foot and lower limb mechanics, which can have far-reaching effects on the feet, legs, pelvis, and spine.
Let's Get Real About Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics are not one-size-fits-all. They are precisely designed to suit your condition, foot type, weight, and activity level. Custom orthotics typically offer superior control compared to off-the-shelf alternatives, plus they are more durable.
Biomechanical correction is achieved using high-density foams and plastics, which may initially seem rigid but tend to become comfortable over time.
Research has shown that custom orthotics can alleviate pain and prevent further disability in many cases. However, orthotic therapy isn't necessary for everyone. We specialize in footwear prescription and often simple advice is sufficient.
Rest assured, we recommend custom orthotics only when necessary.
Conditions Treated with Orthotics
Orthotics are effective for a wide range of foot conditions. The design and features of the orthotic device vary depending on your specific condition. Keep in mind that orthotics are typically one part of a comprehensive treatment plan that may include footwear changes, exercises, and, in some cases, medication. Conditions that can benefit from orthotics include:
How Are Custom Orthotics Made?
Creating custom orthotics is a multi-step process that starts with a thorough assessment by a podiatrist. During this assessment, your podiatrist will inquire about your symptoms and perform a foot examination, which often includes a visual gait assessment.
If additional imaging is needed, such as X-rays or ultrasounds, your podiatrist will refer you for these tests. Your orthotic design will be based on your symptoms, underlying pathology, activity level, and footwear. Skilled technicians in a state-of-the-art orthotic laboratory then handcraft your custom orthotics.
Types of Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics can vary not only in the materials used but also in their shape, depending on your foot condition, activity level, and preferred footwear. Options include:
Carbon Fibre Orthotic
Custom Footbeds for Skiing
How Do Orthotics Work?
Orthotics impact ground reaction forces when you stand, walk, or run by altering the pressure from the ground to your feet. This, in turn, can enhance foot function, reduce excessive forces that lead to injury, and prompt your brain to adjust movement during gait, improving function and preventing pain and injury.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do custom orthotics take to make, and when will I get mine?