Orthotics are something that we commonly use in our practice to manage a wide variety of lower limb conditions.
Foot orthoses are medical devices that are accommodated within footwear and can serve many different purposes. We use them to help prevent foot ulcers in Diabetic patients. Patients with Rheumatoid arthritis are often prescribed orthoses to help improve their comfort. They are used to treat children’s foot issues such as flat foot. However, they are most commonly used to treat various lower limb musculoskeletal injuries. Depending on their intended use, they can be made of many different materials such as polypropylene, EVA, carbon fiber, or polyurethane. They can be custom-made or they can be preformed.
So, when is it appropriate to use foot orthoses?
Well that really depends on what we are trying to achieve. For example, orthoses used to treat a painful flat foot would have very different properties to that of orthoses used to treat pain in the ball of the foot. Orthoses designed to offload a diabetic foot ulcer would differ from orthoses for shin pain. Sometimes orthoses would be used for a relatively short period of time to aid the rehabilitation of a sporting injury for example, and in other cases they would be required indefinitely.
Orthoses are not a silver bullet for all foot problems
Orthoses are just like any other form of treatment, they must be correctly prescribed for the presenting problem. Where they are incorrectly prescribed, without clear clinical reasoning, are much more likely to yield a poor outcome.
At Footcare Scotland we will always use foot orthoses as part of a treatment plan. This may include strengthening or stretching exercises, footwear modification/advice, gait retraining or referral to another specialist. If you think that foot orthoses may help you BOOK NOW