Foot orthotics are devices designed to support, align or improve the function of the foot. They are used to treat and correct various biomechanical foot problems. Prescription foot orthotics are custom-made especially to meet the needs and biomechanics of the individual.
A biomechanical assessment, footwear assessment, occupational and lifestyle factors are all considered before the podiatrist recommends prescription foot orthotics. If orthotics are recommended, the podiatrist will design a care plan. This will outline your diagnosis, the type of orthotics you have been prescribed, proposed footwear that is recommended that you wear with your orthotics and any activity modification or additional treatment.
Orthotics redistribute the pressure of the body's weight on the feet and provide long term solutions in the treatment of many foot and leg problems, for example corns, bunions, callouses and ulcers. They also help with the rehabilitation of acute and chronic foot conditions. These include stress fractures, chronic heel, shin, knee or lower back pain and recurrent ankle sprains.
We use the latest technology to prescribe and manufacture prescription orthotics. The feet are scanned using a 3D Digital scanner, which is critical to achieve the most accurate outcome. The 3D optical technology obtains pinpoint accuracy up to a fraction of a millimetre. This process is quick and involves no messy plaster.
We provide a comprehensive service from our St. Ives clinic that includes a follow-up, which includes fine-tuning and dealing with any problems experienced when wearing orthotics.