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Foot Orthotics (Corrective Insoles)

What are Foot Orthotics?

Foot orthotics (or orthoses) are orthopaedic devices designed to treat or adjust various foot complaints that affect not only the foot but the entire skeletal system. A true orthotic is a customised corrective innersole, designed specifically for an individual to treat a specific problem. No two individuals will have the same orthotic. Heat moulded or off-the-shelf generic devices are not orthotics but are shoe-inserts that often provide generic arch support. In some cases, these generic devices can be helpful and may be recommended.

Who should use Foot Orthotics?

Due to the hard, manmade, unnatural surfaces that we now walk on, perfect feet are very rare, and almost anyone can benefit from orthotic therapy. They can prevent and alleviate many of the common foot complications that cause discomfort in otherwise healthy people. There is research supporting the relief of foot, shin, knee, hip, and back pain via orthotic therapy. There are several common symptoms that may indicate misalignment of the feet. Orthotics may benefit you if:

  • One side of your shoe sole wears out faster than the other
  • You frequently sprain your ankle
  • You have chronic heel pain, foot pain, shin pain, knee pain or low back pain
  • Your toes are not straight
  • You have flat-feet (over-pronated) that cause pain
  • Your feet point inward or outward when walking
  • Your feet hurt in general
  • You have painful corns or callous

When should I get Foot Orthotics?

If you are just wanting some extra cushioning or support for your feet, a generic over-the-counter shoe insert may be worth trying first. However, if you have been experiencing pain or discomfort, for any more than three consecutive days, it is recommended you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.