When you visit your chiropodist or podiatrist they may recommend the use of an orthotic device to help you combat your foot or leg condition.
Orthotic devices that are either placed on the foot or in the shoe to improve your foot function and can be designed to carry out one or a combination of different functions.
Orthotics may include:
- Shoe inserts
- Foot beds
- Arch supports
- Cushioned insoles
- Heel raises
- Removable pads
When you are looking at the more sophisticated custom moulded types of orthotic they require specialist knowledge to manipulate the foot into the ideal position for mould taking and this can be done using various techniques.
Minor abnormalities can be revealed by a simple examination which involves no more than making about 50 precise measurements and observations. Such conditions as knock knees and bow legs are well known but even more common is a similar sort of mis-alignment at the ankle joint which causes the foot to tilt while it is off the ground. On ground contact it is forced to tilt back in order to realign with the ground. Walking or running on such a foot is like riding a bike with a bent pedal.
What type of people could use orthotics?
Most people who consider using orthotics are suffering some form of pain, or at least discomfort, and will often be experiencing the first symptoms of some structural or functional abnormality of their feet or legs.
Conditions that are known to benefit from orthotics include:
Bony Feet ▪ Knee pain ▪ Stiff ankles ▪ Short leg ▪ Back Pain ▪ Rigid Feet ▪ claw toes
The above information has been sourced from http://iocp.org.uk/
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