What are Orthotics?
We’re often asked by people, “What are orthotics?”
In general terms, orthotics are anything that is placed into your shoes to change the forces acting on your feet. This can more evenly spread the body weight or take stress from a structure (like the plantar fascia) that is injured.
Not all orthotics are created equal
There are several types and quality levels of orthotics:
- Over the Counter (OTC) orthotics can be bought at chemists and some footwear stores. These orthotics are made for the “average foot” (no foot is really average).
- Semi-Custom orthotics – these are orthotics which are either heat moulded to your feet or are altered by adding more arch support, rear foot angles and covers to suit your feet.
- Custom Foot Orthotics – these are king (or Queen) of orthotics. Prescribed and dispensed by podiatrists, they are made from a direct copy of your feet. This can be taken using plaster, foam impression boxes, or a 3D laser scan of your feet.
Because custom orthotics are made from your feet, they fit you perfectly and take into account any unusual features of your feet. This means they will give you the ultimate in comfort and support.
How Dynamic Podiatry prescribes custom foot orthotics
What orthotics don't do
Orthotics are not prescribed to change the shape of your feet or to permanently fix bunions or other foot deformities.
There is often a misconception that orthotics should be prescribed to children to correct their foot posture/shape and their gait. There is no evidence that orthotics will permanently change the shape of children’s feet.
Are orthotics right for you?
If you have pain in your feet, ankles, knees or legs, there is a good chance that orthotics can help. Check out our Conditions page to see some of the many conditions Dynamic Podiatry can help you with.