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  • Writer's pictureTina Dang

Finding Relief for Painful Feet: The Role of Orthotics and Podiatrists

Foot pain can be a debilitating condition, affecting our daily activities and overall quality of life. Fortunately, there are solutions available to alleviate discomfort and improve foot function. Orthotics, in combination with other therapies, offer a promising approach to addressing painful feet. In this blog, we will explore how orthotics can provide relief and the importance of biomechanical assessments and gait analysis conducted by podiatrists in finding the right solutions.

Understanding Orthotics:

  • Orthotics are custom-made inserts designed to support and align the feet. They are specifically tailored to address individual foot conditions and biomechanical abnormalities that may contribute to pain.

  • By providing stability, cushioning, and corrective support, orthotics can help distribute forces evenly, reduce stress on specific areas, and improve overall foot function.

Orthotics can help distribute forces evenly, reduce stress on specific areas
Orthotics can help distribute forces evenly, reduce stress on specific areas

Biomechanical Assessments:

  • During a biomechanical assessment, your podiatrist will evaluate the structure, function, and alignment of your feet and lower limbs.

  • This assessment may involve a series of tests, measurements, and observations to identify any issues that could be causing or exacerbating your foot pain.

  • By understanding the underlying biomechanical factors, podiatrists can develop a personalised treatment plan, which may include the use of orthotics.

Gait analysis

  • Is an integral part of the assessment process conducted by podiatrists. By closely observing how you walk or run, podiatrists can identify abnormal foot movements, poor mechanics, and imbalances that may contribute to your foot pain. This detailed analysis helps in determining the specific areas of the feet that need support or correction through orthotics.

How do podiatrists make orthotics?

After we have the necessary information from your biomechanical and gait analysis, we then use the scan; casting method or impression foam to capture your foot's exact contours. The podiatrist will write a detailed prescription based on the assessment and sends it to a specialised lab for fabrication.

A podiatrist is taking an impression foam of a patient's feet
A podiatrist is taking an impression foam of a patient's feet

The orthotics are customised to provide arch support, cushioning, and corrections for your unique foot issues. After fitting and adjustments, you wear the orthotics to improve foot function and alleviate pain. Follow-up appointments allow for assessments and further adjustments if needed.

Long-Term Benefits:

  • Orthotics provide the necessary support and alignment

  • It also helps to reduce the strain on your feet and lower limbs, which can minimise further damage and discomfort.

  • They can also enhance your balance, stability, and overall performance during physical activities, allowing you to enjoy a more active lifestyle.

Conclusion: If you're experiencing painful feet, don't let it hinder your daily activities and well-being. Seek the expertise of a podiatrist who can conduct biomechanical assessments and gait analysis to identify the root causes of your discomfort. Through the use of custom-made orthotics, you can find the relief you need and regain optimal foot function.

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