From the Greek word 'Ortho', which means to 'straighten or align' Orthotics is a specialized medical field that focuses on biomechanical inserts, which is used to address problems arising from incorrect alignment of the feet, lower limbs, high arches and flat fleet.
By evaluating each patient’s unique functional, aesthetic needs and assessing the best possible treatment choices, designing, fitting custom molded inserts and educating my patients on using their foot orthotics correctly, I have found that a holistic approach is one that provides significant results.
Whether caused by injury, deformities or even conditions that affect the shape and structure of the foot, the use of a custom made Orthotic can have significant results, allowing those with lower limb problems a solution that offers support, mobility and in many cases, pain relief.
Before prescribing this treatment option, a full clinical assessment is done, that includes 'gait analysis' (walking patterns) and various other diagnostic tools, to ensure that there are no other options available.
In too many instances, Orthotic therapy is over-prescribed. In some cases, poorly made inserts can cause even more problems.
Runners and other athletes, as well as those with specific conditions, injuries, muscle or joint irregularities, may require Orthotics to ensure the full use of the affected limb is possible. When this treatment option is prescribed, the type of insert is determined by the affected part of the lower limb, weight of the patient and type of condition.
After a full assessment is done, the patient’s specific condition is evaluated to find the best course of action.
SOME OF THE WAYS THAT ORTHOTICS CAN ASSIST VARIOUS FOOT RELATED PROBLEMS
INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: