Foot orthotics are special shoe inserts which are custom made to prescribed specifications by an orthotics Adelaide specialist. Custom-made orthotics may — correct an abnormally walking gait or stride and reduce pain in the feet.
Over the last few years, there has been a great increase in the number of people with flat feet or high arches. The main reason for this is that more people are living sedentary lifestyles and have less active lifestyles. This results in a person with flat feet have a weak arch and a tendency to put the weight on the inner side of their foot. This places unnatural stress on the muscles, tendons and ligaments at the end of the foot. This leads to a reduction in the shock absorption ability of the foot, which results in less protection and comfort over time.
These reasons have led to an increase in the number of people with flat feet or high arches seeking relief from foot pain. In fact, many people with flat feet or high arches wish they had never developed flat feet or high arches, to begin with. Fortunately, with custom foot orthotics Adelaide, all of those wishes can become a reality.
Custom orthotics may be purchased off-the-shelf at most drug stores and retailers. However, many are reluctant to use such products because of the embarrassment and social stigmas attached. Also, some of the custom orthotic and shoe inserts are only suitable for specific types of foot ailments, which may include only some of the conditions we speak about here. For instance, a custom orthotic for plantar fasciitis may not be suitable for fasciitis because plantar fasciitis causes pain below the heel, which is not where shoe inserts are typically placed.
So, where do you find custom orthotics and shoe inserts? Many doctors prescribe custom orthotics or shoe inserts to their patients with foot ailments to alleviate these foot ailments. To make certain that your doctor is recommending the correct orthotic for your foot problem, he or she may recommend a foot podiatrist. A podiatrist has the expertise and is well trained to customize orthoses and shoes based on a patient’s needs.
The advantages of seeing a podiatrist for custom orthotics or shoe inserts are several:
- The specialized equipment that a podiatrist uses will be much more effective at treating foot issues than will be possible with off the shelf orthotics or shoe inserts.
- A podiatrist will know exactly where to go to get the best treatments for your particular foot issues.
- A podiatrist can tailor orthoses and shoes to your specific foot problems.
If you have a more complicated foot issue, like arthritis, there are several different types of treatments available, including prescription orthoses and custom orthotics, as mentioned above.