The human foot is a complex network consisting of 26 bones, numerous muscles, ligaments and joints that function to give a stable yet flexible platform for walking. Our foot is designed to adapt to various surfaces however with the increase in hard surfaces we now endure, or feet are suffering. Orthotics are a medical device designed to assist us in maintaining a "normal" foot posture when walking or running.
Everyone rolls in or pronates to a degree when the foot is in contact with the ground. Overpronation or commonly referred to as "flat feet" can result in pain both in the foot and other areas of the body.
Conditions that can respond to Orthotic correction include
- Plantar Fasciitis or heel pain
- Ball of foot pain (metatarsalgia or neuromas)
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Back pain
- Sever's disease (heel pain in children)
- Knee cap or patella pain
- Osgood-Schlatter's disease in adolescents
At Beaumont Hills Physiotherapy we will assess your feet as part of an overall Biomechanical assessment and can prescribe soft Custom fitted Orthotics if required.
Soft Orthotics have the advantage over rigid Orthotics as they allow the foot to continue to absorb shock whilst maintaining the arch. This is particularly important in runners. Of course if more rigid support is required we will not hesitate in recommending you see a Podiatrist.
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