Custom Arch Supports
What is a foot orthotic?
Orthotics (commonly termed arch supports) are inserts put into the shoe to re-align the foot, the foot orthotic takes pressure off certain areas of the foot or simply used to increase comfort.
Custom arch supports created by a podiatrist are made from a cast of the foot. These custom arch supports are used to treat many foot disorders such as heel pain, arch pain, and metatarsal problems. These devices can also be used to alleviate knee and back pain.
Prescription/Custom Made Orthotics
Functional orthoses are prescribed after a biomechanical assessment/gait analysis and plaster casting (taking a mould) of the feet. They are made at a laboratory from your podiatrist’s prescription to align the structure of the foot in its most functionally efficient position. The orthotic, moulded from the cast, is designed to stabilize the foot and to prevent it from moving into an unbalanced position while walking or running.
Prescription orthotics are usually made of a long lasting thermoplastic with a shock absorbing covering. This is the most specific and accurate way to have a controlling orthotic made. They are used for foot deformities, severe foot posture disorders and for those wishing to have a custom made orthotic. Devices last for years and can be modified at any time.
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