The Importance of Orthotics
What is the purpose of Orthotics?
Maintaining healthy feet and ankles is a vital factor in ensuring an individual can stay fit and well. Orthotics are a practical everyday device that are designed to decrease pain in lower limbs by reducing force in the joints of the ankle and foot. By redistributing pressure on the feet, orthotics can biomechanically alter posture, gait and weight distribution, enabling better functioning, and keeping you on your feet!
Orthotics can assist an individual to walk and run comfortably and mechanically correctly, leading to the redistribution of pressure and force placed on the feet. The primary benefit of orthotics is that they can reduce excessive stress on the feet, as well as reduce pain and the risk of future injuries.
Orthotics are prescribed to a range of patients of all ages and activity levels. Our team at Northern Spinal & Sports Injury Clinic in Reservoir & Melbourne CBD is guaranteed to issue orthotics that accurately suit you, treat your condition and improve your walking and running comfort.
Orthotics can be used in the treatment of:
- Heel & arch pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Knee pain
- Ball of foot pain
- Achilles tendon pain
- Sore/Aching feet & legs
- Sports Injuries
- Long-term corns & callus
- Lower back, hip and knee alignment issues
Northern Spinal & Sports Injury Clinic’s Orthotics fitting process:
Everyone has different shape and size feet, that is why our team at Northern Spinal & Sports Injury Clinic in Reservoir & Melbourne CBD have a 5 step process of fitting orthotics:
Step 1: Initial Biomechanical Evaluation
A biomechanical assessment is used to determine weak points, instability and analyse heel contact, shock absorption, adaptation, stance, and propulsion. After a thorough biomechanical exam our Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Osteopaths or Chiropractors will be able to identify and detect any abnormal foot function. From this information a foot orthotic shape can be ascertained, in order to reduce pain and increase running/walking efficiency.
Step 2: Orthotic Casting
A range of casting methods and materials are used, depending on the patient’s case to create a custom orthotic to address all their abnormal foot function.
Step 3: Shoe tailoring
Orthotics can be fitted in almost any shoes. Shoes hold the orthotic in the proper place on the foot, so shoes can maximize the value of an orthotic or limit it. This will be taken into account when properly fitting the orthotic and adapted to work in almost any shoe. This can be done by trimming and manipulating the orthotic
Step 4: Orthotic Fittings
Once the orthotic has been properly tailored to fit the desired shoe, some final touches will ensure the Orthotic is ready for use.
Step 5: Follow up appointment
A follow up appointment will be booked 2-4 weeks after the final fitting. We recheck the patient’s condition using wear patterns on the orthotics, verbal feedback from the patient, and any identify changes in walking patterns. Any adjustments or minor tweaks that are required can then be made.
You wouldn’t wear someone else glasses so why would you wear someone else orthotics! Contact our team at Northern Spinal & Sports Injury Clinic on 03 9470 1010 today for custom orthotics to suit you.