About Orthotics

Foot orthotics, are devices that are designed to support, align, or correct the function of the foot. They have been used for centuries, with evidence of early forms of orthotics dating back to ancient Egyptian times. Orthotics are used to help people with a wide range of foot conditions, including plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, overpronation, and flat feet. They can also be used to help alleviate pain and discomfort in the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and lower back.

The way that orthotics generally work is by providing support and cushioning to the foot, which helps to redistribute pressure and thereby help reduce pain and discomfort. Orthotics can also be used to correct the alignment of the foot, which can help to improve the way that the foot functions and potentially reduce the risk of injury.

There are several different types of orthotics available, including:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) orthotics: These are orthotics that can be purchased without a prescription, and are typically the least expensive type of foot orthotics. OTC Orthotics typically provide low levels of support for minor foot conditions and generally are made from less durable materials than other orthotic types.
  • Prefabricated orthotics: These are pre-made orthotics that are available in a variety of sizes and designs, and are typically matched to the patient using a best fit principle based on the patients foot type and condition. This type of orthotic can provide higher levels of support than OTC Orthotics but not without the levels of individual specificity a custom-made orthotic can provide.
  • Custom-made orthotics: These are made by a Podiatrist using either a plaster cast or 3D scan of the patient’s foot, and are typically used for patients with more severe foot conditions or those who need extra support. The model of the foot is then used to create a unique, customised device, that is tailored to the patient’s individual needs. They are usually made of higher-quality materials, can be adjusted and modified to fit the patient’s needs and they can last for a much longer time than the other types of orthotics.

Foot orthotics have been used for centuries to support, align and correct the function of the foot, they can help people with a wide range of foot conditions, and there are several different types of orthotics available, each one with its own advantages and disadvantages. It is always recommended to consult a podiatrist before deciding which one is most suitable for your needs.