Custom Made Orhtotics
Custom Orthotics are medical devices that support the feet and help to correct any underlying mechanical problems that may contribute to foot, knee, hip, and/or lower back pain. Orthotics can help to correct foot alignment and the lower extremity, and improve one’s walking gait. Such devices are worn in conjunction with proper supportive footwear. A Chiropodist will perform a full biomechanical assessment and gait analysis to assess the functions of an individual’s feet, which are then casted using plaster to customize the orthotics according to an individual’s precise foot specifications. Chiropodist can also prescribe orthotics, therefore no referral necessary.
Getting a Custom Orthotics
The process of getting an orthotic first begins by going through a biomechanical assessment. The Chiropodist first begins by assessing the mobility and functionality of the joints in the foot and ankle in a non weight-bearing and weight-bearing position. A gait assessment is then performed to analyze one's posture, alignment, and movement while walking. The Chiropodist will then cast the foot using plaster cast to obtain a foot mold.
When Should You Consider Custom Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are generally used to correct underlying foot deformities that are causing foot pain. The following are reasons one may benefit from orthotics:
Low Back Pain
Are Orthotics Necessary to Heal Foot Pain?
Custom orthotics are not mandatory, they are a form of conservative treatment option. They may be used to help accommodate the feet or to help with underlying foot deformities that are causing pain. There are various factors to consider when dealing with foot pain, therefore a custom orthotic is not always necessary.