An orthotic is a specially designed corrective device to restore the natural position of the foot. It acts as an interface between the foot, the shoe and the ground. The purpose of the device is to support the bones and joints of the foot to maintain optimal neutral position and to eliminate or compensate any misalignments or structural problems of the foot.
Orthotics are usually prescribed by a specialized doctor according to the requirement, lifestyle or shape of the feet of the patient. There are many different types of orthotics such as rigid types to increase the control of the feet and soft or flexible types to provide comfort. Certain specially designed orthotics for different sporting activities provide balance and control during sport, prevent high impact stress or injury to the feet, knees or spine and also enhance performance.
Functions of Orthotics
- Prevents abnormal foot function
- Restores proper weight distribution
- Improves overall biomechanical function of the foot
- Compensates for deformities or other abnormalities related to leg and foot
- Prevents further damage of joints, muscles and ligaments
- Prevents sports injuries and enhances performance
Orthotics are commonly indicated for prevention or correction of various foot conditions. Usage of orthotics depends on the symptoms of the condition ranging from general aches to foot conditions such as Achille’s tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, diabetic neuropathy, calluses or corns formation, Morton’s neuroma and sesamoiditis. Sometimes orthotics are also recommended as an alternative to surgery or may be used after surgery to preserve the alignment.
Durable medical equipment you need may include:
- Back Supports
- Ankle Braces
- Tennis Elbow Straps
- Knee Braces
- Cervical Collars
- Foot Braces
- Shoulder Slings
Contact your doctor or call for more information.