What are ‘ Prescription Orthotics’?
Prescription orthotics are specially-made devices designed to support and comfort your feet. Prescription orthotics are crafted for you and no one else. They match the contours of your feet precisely and are designed for the way you move. Orthotics are only manufactured after a Bio Mechanical assessment has been conducted to complete an evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs, so the orthotic can accommodate your unique foot structure and pathology.
Prescription orthotics are divided into two categories:
These are designed to control abnormal motion. They may be used to treat foot pain caused by abnormal motion; they can also be used to treat injuries such as shin splints or tendinitis. Functional orthotics are usually crafted of a semi-rigid material such as plastic or graphite.
These are softer and meant to provide additional cushioning and support. They can be used to treat painful calluses on the bottom of the foot, and other uncomfortable conditions.
Foot Care Specialists use orthotics to treat foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendinitis, and foot, ankle, and heel pain. Clinical research studies have shown that Foot Care Specialists-prescribed foot orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function.
Orthotics typically cost more to purchase, but the additional cost is usually well worth it. Orthotics are moulded to fit each individuals foot, so you can be sure that your orthotics fit and do what they’re supposed to do. Prescription orthotics are also made of top-notch materials and last many years when cared for properly.
Book a Bio – Mechanical Assessment
For the diagnosis of foot pain, abnormalities seen with altered walking patterns and poor function or structure of the feet. Biomechanical assessments typically take 40-60 minutes and may result in the provision of orthoses or insoles to help support the foot which shows poor function.
A Biomechanical assessment is an investigation into your lower limb function looking closely for abnormalities and compensations. When we stand, walk or run our body has to cope with and compensate for these anomalies. It is these compensations that put structures such as muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons under undue strain as they begin functioning in an abnormal or compromised manner.
A static standing assessment will look at your relaxed posture and alignment.A couch examination will involve analysis of the hips, knees, ankles and the joints in your feet including the muscles. The podiatrist will be looking at the range and quality of movement available comparing this to the opposing limb as well as to what we know to be normal for the general population. Once we have identified the underlying causes of your problems we can develop a tailor-made prescription orthotic which will address any compensations or abnormalities.
You may also be offered, if appropriate, an off the shelf orthotic.This will be discussed in full and you will be given the advantages/disadvantages of each option so that you can make an informed choice concerning your treatment.
Why not book a bio-mechanical assessment today and discover how we can help relieve the stresses on your body through correct muscle function. Book your appointment with us here.
To see what happens when we assess you, watch our short video below.