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Understanding Orthotics: How They Work to Support Your Feet

At Custom Podiatry Services, our dedicated team of podiatrists is committed to providing patient-centered care that prioritises individual needs and preferences.

Our clinic specialises in the treatment of lower limb and foot pain.

One of the most effective solutions we regularly prescribe for are clients are orthotics.

On a daily basis our team have many discussions about orthotics as our clients are curious about how they work and how they might benefit from them. In this post, we aim to shed light on this topic and provide insights into the mechanisms behind orthotics.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics, sometimes referred to as orthotic insoles or shoe inserts, are specialized devices crafted either custom-made or available off-the-shelf. Their primary purpose is to provide support and alignment to the feet. By inserting them into shoes, orthotics can effectively tackle a range of foot, knee and back issues while enhancing biomechanical efficiency during activities like standing, walking or running.

How Do Orthotics Work?

Orthotics work by providing support, stability, and alignment to the feet. Here's a more straightforward breakdown of how they function:

  1. Support: rthotics function like a reliable foundation, cradling your arches to evenly distribute weight across your feet. This means less strain on areas like your heels or the balls of your feet, which can translate to less pain and discomfort throughout the day.

  2. Alignment: Similar to a skilled mechanic adjusting a car's wheel alignment, orthotics correct biomechanical imbalances in your feet. Whether it's excessive rolling inward (overpronation) or outward (supination), orthotics ensure your feet are properly aligned. As is with the tyres on your car, proper alignment is essential for avoiding unneccasary wear and tear in turn reducing injury risks and enhancing stability.

  3. Shock Absorption: Picture orthotics as shock absorbers for your feet. They absorb impact by providing better contour between the ground and your foot and also by incorporating materials like foam or gels in their design. This feature is especially beneficial during high-impact activities, during pregnancy when carry extra weight, or for managing conditions like plantar fasciitis or heel spurs.

  4. Pressure Redistribution: Orthotics function as tactical planners, redistributing pressure away from problem areas such as corns, calluses, or inflamed regions. Through targeted cushioning and support, they alleviate strain and promote healing.

In essence, orthotics serve as invaluable allies for your feet, quietly supporting and optimizing their function for a more comfortable and active lifestyle.

Types of Orthotics:

Orthotics come in various forms, including:

  • Custom Orthotics: Custom orthotics are meticulously crafted to match the unique contours of your feet, ensuring optimal comfort and effectiveness. feet. These specialised devices are prescribed by podiatrists, ensuring they're uniquely tailored to address an individuals specific foot concerns by addressing the underlying biomechanical causes. No two feet are the same hence why a customised approach is often the preferred choice for comfort. They can be made in all shapes and sizes to accomodate a variety of different types of low profile footwear.

  • Prefabricated Orthotics: These are mass-produced and available over-the-counter. They typically are bulkier than custom orthotics and made out of moderate density foams. This means that with regular wear their shape will often change and they need to be replaced more frequently than customised devices. Although they lack the customization of custom orthotics, they still offer sufficient support and relief for a wide range of individuals.

Who Can Benefit from Orthotics?

Orthotics are beneficial for a wide range of foot conditions, including but not limited too:

Orthotics are highly effective in addressing various foot problems by providing support, alignment, and cushioning. Whether you’re an athlete looking to enhance performance or someone seeking relief from chronic foot pain, orthotics can significantly improve your comfort and mobility. It should be noted though that like any treatment they are just one piece of the puzzle. At Custom Podiatry Services, we embrace a patient-centered approach that considers your individual needs, preferences, and goals. Whether you require orthotic therapy, exercise prescription, footwear advice and/or lifestyle modifications, we are here to support you every step of the way. Together, we can enhance your comfort, mobility, and quality of life. However, it’s essential to consult with a qualified Podiatrist to determine the most suitable orthotic solution for your specific needs. With the right orthotics and proper footwear, you can take significant strides toward healthier, happier feet.

Schedule a consultation with our team today and take the first step toward better foot health. by calling (08) 7081 9805 and book a consultation online.   


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