Custom foot orthotics are specially designed corrective devices to restore the natural position of the feet. The orthotics act as an interface between the feet, the shoe and the ground. The purpose of the device is to support the bones and joints of the feet, maintain optimal neutral position, and eliminate or compensate any misalignments or structural problems of the feet.
Orthotics are usually prescribed by a specialized doctor according to the requirement, lifestyle or shape of your feet. There are many different types of orthotics, such as rigid types to increase the control of the feet, and soft or flexible types to provide comfort. Certain specially designed orthotics for different sporting activities provide balance and control during sports, prevent high-impact stress or injury to the feet, knees or spine, and also enhance performance.
What are the functions of custom foot orthotics?
Custom foot orthotics have the following functions:
- Prevent abnormal foot function
- Restore proper weight distribution
- Improve overall biomechanical function of the foot
- Compensate for deformities or other abnormalities related to leg and foot
- Prevent further damage of joints, muscles and ligaments
- Prevent sports injuries and enhance performance
What are the indications of orthotics?
Orthotics are commonly indicated for prevention or correction of various foot conditions. Usage of orthotics depends on the symptoms of the condition; ranging from general aches to foot conditions such as Achilles' tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, diabetic neuropathy, calluses or corn formation, Morton’s neuroma and sesamoiditis. Sometimes, orthotics are also recommended as an alternative to surgery or may be used after surgery to preserve the alignment.