Orthotics are medical devices that you wear inside your shoes to correct biomechanical foot issues. They can also help with foot pain caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and arthritis.
Goal of orthotics:
• Correcting foot deformities
• Provide support to the ankle
• Help foot or ankle function better
• Reduce the risks of further injuries
What conditions are orthotics used to treat?
Orthotics used to treat a number of medical conditions including:
• Diabetic neuropathy – orthotics can help to reduce excess stress and pressure on the foot that lead to foot ulcers
• Bursitis is a painful condition of the foot and orthotics will greatly reduce bursitis discomfort
• Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. Doctors may sometimes recommend orthotics to support the heel and foot
• Arthritis – Orthotics helps in painful joint conditions like Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
• Back pain
• Flat feet can cause foot, ankle, and back pain. Orthotics can help to support the feet and promote proper foot positioning.
• Heel spurs are conditions where excess bone grows on the back or bottom of the heel. Orthotics can support the foot and reduce inflammation
• Hammer toes – Orthotics can provide additional support to the feet
• Injuries. People who’ve experienced trauma may require extra support during the healing process with orthotics.