Orthotic Assessment

Orthotics and Footwear

A Marriage made in Heaven but sometimes ending in Hell

Orthotics (or Orthoses) known by many names such as “Inserts” or “Insoles” come in many different flavours and the people that prescribe them always think theirs are the best. How does the average person know Fact from Fiction when it comes to Orthotics?

As they say when you have a hammer all the world looks like a nail and that seems to apply when we are talking about Orthotics. Many people are prescribed orthotics when they may not necessarily need them or they may not be the best option for their condition and lifestyle.

Orthotics are a very useful tool and can be used as a temporary solution or part of a permanent treatment plan. They are not a magic bullet for everything.

What the Science says;

  • Orthotics may not benefit Heel Pain but it also might
  • Children with low arches do not always need orthotics
  • Orthotics may assist with offloading foot structures
  • Customisable “Off the Shelf” may be as effective as Custom Orthotics

Yes we prescribe orthotics

Orthotics are a useful tool and important in the treatment plan of many people. They don’t have to be as expensive as you think and that is why we often use customised pre-made orthotics to reduce the cost to you. The design and dose (how much you wear them) is the difference between success and failure. You need the right design for the right amount of time.

Orthotics are loved and hated by many people. So who is right?

The simple answer is:

  1. If you have orthotics and they feel great and you couldn’t imagine life without them then keep wearing them.
  2. If you have orthotics and they sit in the cupboard because they make your feet hurt even more, then don’t wear them.
  3. If you are unsure then you have two options.
    • Go back to the health professional that prescribed them
    • If you need a second opinion then we can help

Orthotics May or May Not be Right for You