Evidence based research across many countries and decades has shown that orthoses, or orthotics as they are frequently called, have beneficial effect in treating many musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb and the foot. The Ultimate aim of such orthoses is to alter angular alignments and function of various foot and lower limb joints, redistribute excessive pressures and loads, and reduce excessive muscle loading, ultimately to bring about overall improved postural stability and function, and also help to reduce lower limb pain. Custom made devices are obviously far more effective at providing this as they are tailored made (see below). Podiatrists are foot and lower limb specialists educated in the prescription and manufacture of foot orthoses. Podiatrists at Karak and Wilson Podiatry group stress the importance of a combined treatment program of stretching, rest, strengthening, footwear selection etc. to complement an orthotic program especially to reduce symptomatic pain.
Custom made devices have shown to significantly alter lower limb mechanics that predispose people of all ages to various pathologies. Custom orthoses are tailored to every individual’s needs. Podiatrists at Karak and Wilson Podiatry Group combine these needs with advanced biomechanical measurements of a static and dynamic nature and visual gait analysis information to produce a script specific for each individual person. A plaster cast is then made to gain an accurate impression of the person’s foot contours. Once the casts have been modified, the desired material of choice is then heat moulded to ultimately reflect the requirements portrayed in the script issued by the Podiatrist.
Different densities are available in these materials dependant on your individual needs. These orthoses are customised to the exact requirements of individuals shoes and a wearing-in program is prescribed. Often complimentary treatment programs are required to complement the function of the devices.
Please click on the page links (1,2,3, next) at the top right hand corner of this page to view the types of custom orthoses we offer.