Podiatrists are experts in prescribing, designing and using foot orthotics.
We spend 4 years at University learning how orthotics interact with the natural forces and movements of the human body to help you improve your walking and stop the pain your are experiencing.
Your foot is the only part of you in contact with the ground when standing, walking or running. Every time your foot touches the ground, forces are generated and transferred through your feet and legs and into your body.
Prescription foot orthotics are a custom made inserts prescribed and designed by your Podiatrists that are inserted into your shoes. They can be used to treat a range of health and medical conditions.
After a thorough history taking and assessment of your biomechanics (the way your body moves), footwear and activity levels, your Podiatrist may reccomend orthotics to manage the abnormal stresses causing your foot and leg problem.
Your orthoses will be designed by your Podiatrist using the latest in 3-dimensional digital scanning technology and constructed with state-of-the-art computer assisted manufacturing processes.
Foot orthoses work by altering the way forces affect your feet, legs and body.
Once damaging forces are lowered in stressed bones or soft tissues, they can begin to heal and re-establish normal function without pain.
It is very important to realise that your custom prescribed foot orthotics are only part of the solution to you foot problems.
You will most likely also need to participate in a prescribed exercise and rehabilitation program for your pain to be properly managed.