What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics (also known as custom foot orthotics) are prescribed medical device used to correct and/or accommodate ones feet. They easily fit into ones shoes to hold their foot in a proper position, allowing the joints, muscles and ligaments of the feet and legs to function within their normal limits. By encouraging the feet and legs to move more efficiently, orthotics eliminate foot, leg and lower back pain. They also effectively redistribute pressure along the bottom of the foot, offloading areas of high pressure, which is an essential element in diabetic foot and wound care.
Do I Need Orthotics?
People of all ages suffering suffering from a foot or lower limb condition which is limiting their mobility and independence will benefit from wearing orthotics. They are proven to relieve symptoms associated with Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spur Syndrome ,Heel Pain, Bunions ,Hammer Toes, Claw Toes, Corns and Calluses, Diabetes, Shin Splints, Runner’s Knee, Knee Pain, Hip Pain, Back Pain, Ankle Pain, Sciatica, Patellofermoral Syndrome, Intoeing and Outtoeing, Flat Feet, Toe Walking, Wounds.
How Are They Made?
To start, your feet are examined by your Chiropodist which includes a biomechanical assessment, and gait analysis. Next, 3D impressions are taken of your feet using a plastar of paris casting technique. This method of taking impressions is very important to the success of the orthotic devices. The casts are then sent to our orthotic lab, along with a prescription detailing the specific medical grade materials to be used in the manufacturing of your orthotic devices.
How To Wear Orthotics
To be effective, you must break in your orthotics so that your body can safely adapt to the new “foot posture”. During the break-in period, it is not unusual to experience minor discomfort, but with time the orthotics will alleviate your condition.It is recommended that you wear them in only one pair of shoes during the break-in period.
- Wear your new orthotics for 1 hour on the first day. Add 1 additional hour every day for the next 6 days, so that on the 7th day, you’ll have worn them for 7 hours. Once complete, you should be wearing them full time for optimal results (even indoors).
- If you are a runner, run no more than 1 mile following the initial break-in period. You may run 1 additional mile each subsequent day following the initial break-in period.
- It may take up to 12 weeks to notice a reduction in your signs and symptoms.
- If the orthotics are painful, remove them. Rest your feet for 2 hours and try them again. If you experience consistent pain, please contact us immediately.
Washing & Care
To clean your orthotics, wipe them with warm water and mild soap using a clean cloth. Pat them dry, and do not expose them to high heat. Avoid submerging in water. You may apply baking soda and/or anti-bacterial powders to help control foot odor.
In order to ensure the accuracy of your orthotic prescription, we recommend yearly visits with your Chiropodist.